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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 8, 2013

 

 

PK EDGE CLASS POSTPONED 2 WEEKS–

A FEW SEATS REMAIN!

 

A few seats remain open for the 2013 EDGE class.  Originally scheduled to begin August 12, the class will now begin August 26in Minden.  The Enhancing, Growing, Developing Entrepreneurs (EDGE) course is a high quality entrepreneurial training that is beneficial to long-time small business owners, those just starting a venture, owners experiencing struggles, or someone ready to make their business venture a reality but not sure how to start.

 

During the course, participants receive one-on-one attention from instructor Lois Thom, MBA and Chuck Birgen of First National Bank of Holdrege. Each business plan receives review and evaluation at every step. Sessions also feature local expert guest speakers and group interaction to help participants understand business operations.

 

There are twelve sessions in the class, which will meet Monday evenings from 6:00-9:30 at Minden Exchange Bank starting August 26.  Cost to provide this course runs $1,000 per business, but thanks to the contributions of PK Partnership Sponsors, the cost to the business owner is only $450.  Sign up today as class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  For additional information or to obtain an application, contact the PK EDGE Program Manager at 308-995-4444 or [email protected].

 

PK Partnership, sponsor of the class, is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping South Central Nebraska businesses succeed.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2013

  

EDGE Class Provides Road Map for New and

Experienced Business Owners

 

Are you considering starting or purchasing a business?  Or do you already have a business – and you are finding that it is running you?    PK Partnership will be offering an Enhancing, Developing, and Growing Entrepreneurs (EDGE) Class in Minden beginning August 12th.  This twelve session class will provide the structure and teaching to enable you to regain control of your business.  It will also provide a road map to kick-start a new business venture, whether you are considering a start-up or the purchase of an existing business.

 

During the course, participants receive one-on-one attention from instructors Lois Thom, MBA & Chuck Birgen of First National Bank of Holdrege. Each business plan receives review and evaluation at every step. Sessions also feature local expert guest speakers and group interaction to help participants understand business operations.

 

EDGE meets Monday evenings from 6:00-9:30pm at the Minden Exchange Bank in Minden, Nebraska. Cost to provide this course is $1,000 per business, but thanks to the contributions of PK Partnership Sponsors, the cost to the business owner is only $450 ($400 if registered by August 1st).

 

Sign up today as class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  For additional information or to register, contact the PK EDGE Program Manager at 308-995-4444 or [email protected].  

 

PK Partnership, sponsor of the class, is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping South Central Nebraska businesses succeed.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2013

   

Businesses Win by Revising Goals

 

Holdrege – Small business owners tend to feel too busy to think about the future of their businesses, but studies show regularly taking time out to re-examine business goals allows businesses to flourish. If you seek the time and structure to reinvent your business, the PK EDGE Class (Enhancing, Developing and Growing Entrepreneurs) is the answer!  This twelve session class begins Monday, August 12th in Minden.

 

Tim Hock, President of Hawkins Manufacturing, Inc. of Holdrege and a graduate of the course, said the EDGE class not only opened up new resources for the company in the areas of research and financial troubleshooting, but the course also allowed him to learn from and become inspired by other businesses in the class.  “Area businesses that shared their insights in the business basics were a reinforcement of some of the hard decisions a business has to make,” says Hock.  “Those resources and shared insights encouraged me and my general manager to continue pursuing new innovations and products to grow Hawkins Manufacturing.”

 

Classes will be held Monday evenings from 6:00-9:30 at the Minden Exchange Bank starting August 12th.  Cost to provide this course exceeds $1,000 per business, but thanks to the contributions of PK Partnership Sponsors, tuition is $450 per business.  Multiple owners are encouraged to attend together, the price is per business. 

 

Register soon, early bird tuition for those signed up by August 1 is $400!  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  For additional information or to register, contact the PK EDGE Program Manager at 308-995-4444 or [email protected].

 

The PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney County is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska.  

 

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For Immediate Release: June 17, 2012

Give Your Small Business the “EDGE”

PK Partnership Offers Free Preview of the

High Quality Entrepreneurial Class

 

Minden -What is your time worth? How about a 30% increase in sales? Participants in the Enhancing, Developing and Growing Entrepreneurs (EDGE) class on average see a 28% increase in gross sales. Don’t believe us? Join us for “A Taste of EDGE” Thursday, June 30th at 7:00pm at the Minden Opera House, 322 East 5th Street in Minden! Attendance is free

 

Participants will get a “taste” of what the EDGE class has to offer with a short presentation that will include a breakdown of the course to begin August 9th in Minden.

 

Pre-venture businesses as well as existing, growing, floundering, and those looking into transitioning in the next 10 years or less are encouraged to attend this FREE informational workshop. The EDGE class is a 12-week class with a fee of $400. The course offers $2000 worth of professional services during the 3 month period. Those attending the free session are under no obligation to sign up for the class.

 

This will be worth your time! For more information, please call Sharon Hueftle, South Central Economic Development District at 308-995-3190 or Dena Beck, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project at 308-528-0060.

 

The PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney County is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska.

 

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Groups partner to offer Summer Youth Entrepreneur Class

HOLDREGE – The YMCA of the Prairie and 4-H are teaming up to offer a special entrepreneurship class for children ages 10-14 this summer.

 

The 4 Real Kids 4-H Entrepreneurship Class is a six-week program that equips middle-school age students with the knowledge and skills to start their own business or improve an existing one. Participants will learn how to turn their passions into a business idea.

 

 

This class will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. May 25-June 29 at the YMCA of the Prairie in Holdrege. Below is what will be discussed each week:

 

May 25 – Entrepreneurship 101 w/ parents

June 1 – Savvy Biz Kidz

June 8 – Big Ideas!

June 15 – Marketing, Marketing, Marketing w/ parents

June 22 – Where’s the Money?

June 29 – ’Mock’ Entrepreneurship Expo w/ local business community

 

 

The class will include kids showcasing their businesses at Swedish Days, Farmer’s Markets, the Phelps County Fair, GROW Store and NE State Fair where students will market their product or service businesses with hands-on experiences, real-life marketing and customer service skills.

 

This class uses the Nebraska State 4-H-developed EntrepreneurShip Investigation Manuals. In addition to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, and the YMCA, this class is also in collaboration with P-K Partnership.

 

Pre-registration for the class is encouraged by Monday, May 23, and can be done at the YMCA of the Prairie at 1415 Broadway in Holdrege or by calling the YMCA at (308) 995-4050.

 

The class will be instructed by Janita Pavelka with UNL Extension staff involved in the team effort. Students interested is learning more about this program or starting their own businesses are encouraged to stop by

the YMCA May 9-15 to see examples of current youth businesses.

 

Kristine Jacobson

Branch Executive Director

YMCA of the Prairie

(308) 995-4050

www.ymcaoftheprairie.org

 

Janita Pavelka

Biz 4 REAL* Kids

*Raising Entrepreneurs And Lifelong Leaders

Oxford, NE

308-995-1015

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2010

FOR MORE INFORMATION: PK Partnership

 

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

The Impact of Cash Flow on your Profits

 

 

Holdrege, Nebraska –Lender Chuck Birgen will provide insights into smart cash flow management at the PK Inventors and Entrepreneurs (I & E) Club meeting. Birgen’s banking experience is the basis for business training that will be provided at the September 20 session will be held at the Super 8 Motel, 420 Broadway in Holdrege. Networking begins at 6:00 p.m. and Birgen’s presentation will begin at 6:30.

 

 

“In my 29 years of lending to a wide variety of businesses I have seen a lot of good decisions and maybe even more bad decisions on the part of business owners,” states Birgen, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Officer at First National Bank of Holdrege. “Debt is like weight – it’s easy to put on and very difficult to take off. I encourage clients to ask themselves not how much they can borrow, but how much can they afford to repay.”

 

The PK I & E Club offers monthly meetings to provide education, information, expert speakers, and opportunities for members to network with peers and resource providers. Each meeting starts with a speaker followed by an organized networking session. The networking component of the PK Partnership’s monthly I & E meetings provides a platform for entrepreneurs to request assistance from other business owners or resource providers. Participants are also able to offer suggestions from their own experiences to help other attendees.

 

While the group was originally formed to provide support for budding entrepreneurs, existing businesses derive tremendous benefit as well. “The networking available at I & E Club provides great stimulation for me and my business,” states Joe Roberts of Roberts Seed in Axtell. “I get to hear what did and didn’t work for another business. The guest speakers have helped me hone and sharpen my business skills. There is also the opportunity to visit with potential investors.”

PK I&E Club meetings are free to the public. For more information contact Minden Economic Development, [email protected], 308-830-3206 or Phelps County Economic Development Corporation [email protected] or 308-995-4148. The PK Partnership is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska. To learn more about PK Partnership or I & E club, please visit pkpartnership.org.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2010

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: PK Partnership

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

Messages from the Monster House Build Business sense

 

Minden, Nebraska –Failed house flipper Monica Boyken will discuss how an unsuccessful business venture proves the value of working a business plan at the August PK Inventors and Entrepreneurs (I & E) Club meeting. Boyken’s perspective on wise use of a business plan launches a three-part series titled Taking Care of Business. The August 16 session will be held at the Minden Opera House, 322 East 5th in Minden.

 

“I look back on that project and cannot believe the mistakes I made,” states Boyken, who currently serves as Executive Director of the Phelps County Development Corporation. “It’s really almost comical. I wrote a business plan, but I missed some key elements of the process. Time and experience have helped me see that what I once considered to be a failure on my part is truly a composting process. My trash became the treasure that allows me to help others grow successful businesses.”

 

The PK I & E Club offers monthly meetings to provide education, information, expert speakers, and opportunities for members to network with peers and resource providers.

 

Each meeting starts with a speaker followed by an organized networking session. The networking component of the PK Partnership’s monthly I & E meetings provides a platform for entrepreneurs to request assistance from other business owners or resource providers. Participants are also able to offer suggestions from their own experiences to help other attendees.

 

“The networking available at I & E Club provides great stimulation for me and my business,” states Joe Roberts of Roberts Seed in Axtell. “I get to hear what did and didn’t work for another business. The guest speakers have helped me hone and sharpen my business skills. There is also the opportunity to visit with potential investors.”

 

PK I&E Club meetings are free to the public. For more information contact Minden Economic Development, [email protected], 308-830-3206 or Phelps County Economic Development Corporation [email protected] or 308-995-4148. The PK Partnership is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska. To learn more about PK Partnership or I & E club, please visit pkpartnership.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2010

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

PK Partnership

Lisa Karnatz

308-830-3206

[email protected]

 

 

New Marketing Strategies for Small Business Help Make 2010 the Best Year Yet

 

The PK Partnership announces an Innovator & Entrepreneur (I&E)club meeting set for 6 p.m., Monday, January 18, 2010, at the Minden Fire Hall, located at 325 N Colorado St., Minden, NE.

 

In response to numerous requests for assistance with marketing strategies, this meeting will feature guest speaker Tricia Danburg, with SCORR Marketing Company in Kearney, outlining successful marketing techniques her company employs with its clients. “We specialize in developing next-phase growth strategies and a disciplined approach to marketing plans that insure solid, incremental growth, year after year, creating tangible results,” Danburg said.

 

Sharing the seven-step process with which SCORR’s clients have realized positive results, Danburg will help meeting participants develop their own individual marketing plan including: research, strategic planning, brand management, communications plan, campaign development, message distribution, and performance evaluation.

 

Teaming up with several area business resources, PK Partnership’s I & E monthly meetings provide education and information, expert speakers, and opportunities for members to network with peers and resource providers.

 

“We believe there are talented individuals in South Central Nebraska, and this networking system will jump-start new businesses and inspire and reinvigorate existing businesses,” said Lisa Karnatz, of Kearney County Economic Development Agency, and PK Club Chairperson. “For a business owner, the beginning of a new year is a great time to regroup, evaluate and focus on improving their business. The formal portion of each meeting starts with an educational component followed by an organized networking session,” Karnatz added.

 

The networking component provides a platform for entrepreneurs and service providers to offer advice or request assistance from the group.

 

“This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to build community with people in similar circumstances,” said I&E Club member Sara Stevens-Stehl. “As a solo practitioner, I love the chance to bounce my ideas off of other business people. The meetings offer a great educational opportunity, and by working together we can each strengthen our own businesses and our area’s economy.”

 

PK I&E Club meetings are free to the public with snacks provided by rotating sponsors. For more information, contact Club Chairs: Lisa Karnatz, Kearney County Economic Development Agency, [email protected] , 308-830-3206; Monica Boyken, Phelps County Development Corp., [email protected], 308-995-4148.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 7, 2009

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

PK Partnership

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

I & E Chairs

Monica Boyken, [email protected] ,308-995-4148

Lisa Karnatz, [email protected] , 308-830-3206

 

Time Management for Better Business is the focus of the PK I&E Club meeting at 6:00 pm, Monday, October 19th, 2009 at the Super 8 in Holdrege, 420 Broadway.

 

Crystal Adams, guest speaker for “How Time Flies”, says the time is always right if you manage it with an enthusiastic approach and necessary life skills. Her experience includes teaching independent consulting for time management and leadership. She has developed curriculum for all ages. Born on a farm in Frontier County, she learned about entrepreneurship at an early age. With a master’s degree in agriculture leadership education and communication she brings a real life focus to time management.

 

This is I & E Club’s last meeting for the year. Meeting plans for 2010 will be shared and input will be taken from attendees. Social time begins at 6:00 pm, the presentation begins at 6:30 and networking time is held afterward. There is no charge for the meeting and the public is encouraged to attend.

 

I & E Club is a supportive group of Innovators and Entrepreneurs creating a contagious entrepreneurial environment in which participants can investigate the potential of their business ideas. Each monthly meeting includes socializing, education, and networking.

 

For more information, contact Club Chairs: Monica Boyken, Phelps County Development Corp., [email protected], 308-995-4148; Lisa Karnatz, Kearney County Economic Development Agency, [email protected] , 308-830-3206.

 

The PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney County is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska and sponsors the I & E Meetings.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2009

 

 

 

Jean Issler, EDGE Program Manager

Mail: 920 West Ave., Holdrege NE 68949

Phone/fax: 308-995-2347

Email: [email protected]

PK Partnership

 

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

EDGE CLASS INSPIRES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE, PLANNING

 

Holdrege – Getting an education for about $9 an hour is a good deal. Entrepreneurs can take the PK EDGE class for that price and end up with a complete and thorough business plan and a better sense of how to do business. A very good deal.

 

The next PK Enhancing, Developing, and Growing Entrepreneurs (EDGE) class will start August 25th. The curriculum is built around writing a business plan for a start up or for an existing business but the class environment is far from being as dull as that may sound. Each class includes structured learning with an expert in business development, dynamic live speakers from the local business community, and group work time.

 

Participants are able to share information about their businesses and to network, but confidentiality is kept outside the class. They also form personal and business bonds that reap benefits long after the class is over. The process of writing the business plan helps the entrepreneurs improve business practices and sets them on a path toward profitability.

 

The twelve sessions are scheduled to start on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 6:00 pm to 9:30pm CST in Minden, and will be completed in early December. Lois Thom of Minden, MBA, business consultant and partner in her family’s farm operation, is the class instructor.

 

Early registration fee is $375.00 until August 7th ($425 after). The fee includes tuition, textbook, and workbook. Business partners attend free and the class is limited to fifteen businesses.

 

Register by going online to the EDGE page at www.PKPartnership.org or contact Jean Issler at 308-995-2347 or email [email protected]

 

PK EDGE is sponsored by the PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney Counties, a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska. Individual businesses donate funds to PK to keep the EDGE tuition cost affordable for small businesses.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2009

 

Jean Issler, EDGE Program Manager

Mail: 920 West Ave., Holdrege NE 68949

Phone/fax: 308-995-2347

Email: [email protected]

PK Partnership

 

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

EDGE CLASS INSPIRES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE, PLANNING

 

Holdrege – Getting an education for about $9 an hour is a good deal. Entrepreneurs can take the PK EDGE class for that price and end up with a complete and thorough business plan and a better sense of how to do business. A very good deal.

 

The next PK Enhancing, Developing, and Growing Entrepreneurs (EDGE) class will start August 25th. The curriculum is built around writing a business plan for a start up or for an existing business but the class environment is far from being as dull as that may sound. Each class includes structured learning with an expert in business development, dynamic live speakers from the local business community, and group work time

 

Participants are able to share information about their businesses and to network, but confidentiality is kept outside the class. They also form personal and business bonds that reap benefits long after the class is over. The process of writing the business plan helps the entrepreneurs improve business practices and sets them on a path toward profitability.

 

The twelve sessions are scheduled to start on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 6:00 pm CST to 9:30pm CST in Minden, and will be completed in early December. Lois Thom of Minden, MBA, business consultant and partner in her family’s farm operation, is the class instructor.

 

Early registration fee is $375.00 until August 7th ($425 after). The fee includes tuition, textbook, and workbook. Business partners attend free and the class is limited to fifteen businesses.

 

Register by going online to the EDGE page at www.PKPartnership.org or contact Jean Issler at 308-995-2347 or email [email protected]

 

PK EDGE is sponsored by the PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney Counties, a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska. Individual businesses donate funds to PK to keep the EDGE tuition cost affordable for small businesses.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2009

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

PK Partnership

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

I & E Chairs

Monica Boyken, [email protected], 308-995-4148

Lisa Karnatz Stadler, [email protected] , 308-830-3206

 

 

PK I & E Club (Innovators and Entrepreneurs) has canceled its meeting planned for July 20th in Minden. Instead, a meeting will be held on that date to form an advisory council for the group. The advisory council meeting will be held at the Minden Fire Hall, 246 N. Colorado Ave. on July 20th at 7:00pm. Any I & E member interested in serving on the council is welcome to attend the July 20th meeting.

 

“The change in meetings was brought about by busy summer schedules and the need for I & E to become more ‘user-owned,'” according to committee co-chair Lisa Karnatz of Kearney County Economic Development Agency. “I & E started off strong showing that the education and networking for entrepreneurs is a needed thing. Now it’s time for the entrepreneurs to take over what PK Partnership started.”

 

Karnatz stated that PK Partnership will continue to be a guiding entity for I & E, but responsibility for choosing meeting topics and for when and how meetings are held will be turned over to the council.

 

I & E members and prospective members are urged to check the PK Partnership website at www.pkpartnership.org for updates regarding upcoming meetings and activities.

 

For more information, contact Club Chairs: Lisa Karnatz Stadler, Kearney County Economic Development Agency, [email protected] , 308-830-3206; Monica Boyken, Phelps County Development Corp., [email protected], 308-995-4148.

 

The PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney County is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2009

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

 

PK Partnership

Dena Beck, PK Partner and REAP Business Specialist

1662 32 Road

Minden, Ne 68959

[email protected] 308-528-0060

 

 

 

PK Partnership Encourages Businesses to Prepare for Their Future

 

A workshop on “Planning for the Success of Your Business” is planned for March 23 in Holdrege at the Holdrege Country Club. Business owners will benefit from attending as Mark Scott, President of Outright Solutions, covers the topics of contingency planning, preparation for the future, business succession, and preparation that saves on taxes and heartaches. Business owners and the people who serve them, including bankers, accountants, attorneys, etc., are encouraged to attend.

 

PK Partnership is hosting the workshop at 6:00 pm on Monday March 23 at the Holdrege Country Club, 314 W. 18th Ave (west side of the golf course). Cost is $15 per person and preregistration is requested by March 20th to the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce at 308-995-4444, [email protected] or the Minden Chamber of Commerce at 308-832-1811, [email protected] .

 

PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney Counties is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2008

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

Kearney County Economic Development Agency

PO Box 27

Minden, NE 68959

308-830-3206

[email protected]

 

For the past 14 years, the NebraskaEDGE (Enhancing, Developing, and Growing Entrepreneurs) has been offering entrepreneurial classes in communities across the state of Nebraska creating stronger, more viable businesses. Wanting to offer the EDGE class locally, area leaders from Phelps and Kearney County partnered together in 2006 to form PK PARTNERSHIP and have now offered the NebraskaEDGE class to local businesses as PK EDGE. In 2007, the first year PK Edge was offered, 14 area businesses seeking assistance with their business and planning ideas participated in class.

 

Upon seeing that quality, high value small business programs and training were desired in Phelps and Kearney County, PK PARTNERSHIP began to offer business transition workshops, youth entrepreneurial training and classes designed to help potential entrepreneurs decide upon which business they should start. The PK PARTNERSHIP’s resources are obtained from Phelps and Kearney County businesses and organizations. The PK PARTNERSHIP is financially supported by Phelps and Kearney County businesses. Current sponsors of the PK PARTNERSHIP include, Holdrege Chamber of Commerce, Tier One Bank of Holdrege, First Bank and Trust of Minden, Minden Exchange Bank, Bank of Bertrand, First National Bank of Holdrege, Phelps County Development Corporation, Kearney County Economic Development Agency, Furnas-Harlan Partnership, Allmand Bros., Firstier Bank of Holdrege, Central Community College, Nebraska Workforce Development-Department of Labor, Principal Financial, Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP), South Central Economic Development District, and South Central Resource, Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council.

 

It is the PK PARTNERSHIP’s mission to provide educational opportunities within the Phelps and Kearney County area for potential and existing businesses. If you desire to get on an email list for information about programs sponsored by the PK PARTNERSHIP, please send your request to [email protected] For more information regarding PK PARTNERSHIP, please contact Sharon Hueftle, South Central Economic Development District, Inc., 1320 Valerie Drive, Holdrege, NE 68949, 308-995-3190.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2009

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

 

PK Partnership

Sharon Hueftle

Holdrege, NE 68949

[email protected]; 308-995-3190

 

I & E Chairs

Monica Boyken, [email protected], 308-995-4148

Lisa Karnatz Stadler, [email protected] , 308-830-3206

 

 

“Will My Idea Work—For Me? “ is the topic for the Innovator’s & Entrepreneur’s (I & E) Club meeting slated for 6:00 pm, March 16 at the Minden Fire Hall located at 325 N Colorado just off the southwest corner of the downtown square in Minden. Engaging speakers Dena Beck and Sharon Hueftle will present information on blending personal and business goals.

 

Beck, a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Business Specialist, helps small businesses and business start-ups with planning, funding and training. Hueftle is director of South Central Economic Development District, an organization promoting economic development in all forms.

 

According to Hueftle, “The I & E Club is a supportive group of Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs creating a contagious entrepreneurial environment in which participants can investigate the potential of their business ideas.” Each monthly meeting includes socializing, education, and networking. Meeting sites alternate between Minden and Holdrege.

 

For more information, contact Club Chairs: Lisa Karnatz Stadler, Kearney County Economic Development Agency, [email protected] , 308-830-3206; Monica Boyken, Phelps County Development Corp., [email protected], 308-995-4148.

 

The PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney County is a public-private consortium of area professionals with a deep interest in helping businesses succeed in South Central Nebraska.

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2-18-09

CONTACT: SHARON HUEFTLE 308-995-3190 [email protected]

I & E MEETING, FEB 16, 2009 IN HOLDREGE

 

GrowNebraska and entrepreneurial practices were the educational focus of the PK I & E Club held Monday in Holdrege. Some thirty entrepreneurs attended from the Phelps and Kearney County area while others travelled from as far away as Cozad and Pleasanton.

 

Janell Anderson Ehrke, director of GrowNebraska spoke about what makes entrepreneurs successful. GrowNebraska helps its members, Nebraska entrepreneurs, with marketing their products across a broad spectrum. Anderson Ehrke also spoke on the Elements of Achievement; Drive, Desire, Goal and Dream.

 

Holen One Farms owners, Renee and Mike Holen of Bertrand, shared their company’s story which began when the empty-nesters retired from farming. Through serendipity they came into possession of a secret marinade recipe they tasted in a California restaurant. The marinade became the foundation of their line of marinades, rubs and sauces. Their products have recently appeared on the shelves of most Hy-Vee stores in Nebraska.

 

The Holens’ also operate a concession stand which features steak on a stick that is a staple at several area events. Recent restructuring has allowed the Holens to expand the concession business into catering. Holen said that getting expert help is essential in learning how to operate a business. “You can’t make it on your own–tap into somebody else’s knowledge…network for help.” was Holen’s suggestion.

 

Anderson Ehrke concluded by giving tips about Internet marketing, saying that a web site can be used to market products effectively. Once a site is up, there are numerous ways to get reports on its effectiveness. She said using podcasts on YouTube and messages on Facebook are some of the latest online marketing tools.

 

The I & E Club is a group where innovators, investors, inventors and entrepreneurs meet to network with members, make connections with people who can help them, and learn about important topics. The meeting includes social time, an educational component and networking time. The next meeting is scheduled for March 16 at the Fire Hall in Minden. I & E is sponsored by PK Partnership of Phelps and Kearney Counties, South Central Economic Development District (SCEDD), and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). For more information go to www.scedd.us under Training.