Appreciative Inquiry is a positive approach to helping communities discover their assets, dream about their future, design their efforts and eventually deliver a plan.
Grand Island leaders enthusiastically contributed to the “Grander Vision” via a “Come On Down”, Mind Mapping process. http://wp.me/pMQnA-9T
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in 2014 the Cooperative Extension system will be celebrating 100 years! WOW – can you imagine a life without researchers finding better ways for agriculture production, without specialists finding better ways to feed our families, without educators who help us make wise decisions about our business decisions, without volunteers answers questions about our gardens, lawns, and flowers. Life without 4-H and the County Fair experiences. Life has changed so much over the past 100 years but there is one thing that remains the same and that is the people – as long as there are people asking questions and needing answers – there will be a place for UNL Extension. UNL Extension has so much to offer that the possibilities are endless and the impacts are beyond imaginable.
Stay tuned for more CELEBRATING 100 years! In the meantime – watch this youtube video on UNL Extension – Responsive, Innovative, Trusted. 100 years of elevating youth, families, farms and communities in Nebraska.
We live in an exciting time and we ant you to know that we are here for you!
The Nebraska Broadband Initiative is expanding efforts to help businesses harness the power of broadband technology for successful operations. New tools are available every day, but deciding whether to incorporate these new tools can be challenging.
Business Learning Resources are waiting for you.
A wide set of resources, information and support are waiting for businesses in Nebraska. A new online newsletter Power of Broadband for Business showcases technology information for small business owners. The Nebraska Broadband Initiative has joined forces with North Dakota State University to provide educational articles for small business owners on new technology applications and trends.
Highlights of this issue include:
- Marketing for Profit: Tools for Success Marketing Webinars for Direct Marketing Farmers. Webinars provide critical marketing insights for farmers and farm markets. They are free and easy to access with a basic internet connection.
- Online Direct Marketing. Articles offer a closer look at how email and email newsletters can be used effectively today.
- Real business information for small businesses. Experts outline key steps, including accounting, money and time management, setting goals and applying for loans.
- Marketing. Identify steps from the basics to success – branding, call to action, advertising, pricing and customer service
Learn more about how broadband Internet technology can be used in your business. Check out more great information at www.broadband.nebraska.gov
Click on For Business http://broadband.nebraska.gov/PowerOfBusiness
To access the newsletter – click on Power of Broadband for Business newsletter October 2013
Admit it. You have ideas (lots of ideas!) and I bet you are asking yourself, “Will any of these ideas make a good business? Am I ready to seriously start looking into this idea?” If you answered yes to either of these questions, then head over to Norfolk, Nebraska for the next step – the NUbizStart – Business Readiness workshop on December 5th. Here you can test your personal readiness, start analyzing your ideas and take the next step toward a business start. Click for more information or register online.
See you there!
Starting a cooperative is a complex project. A small group of prospective members discuss a common need and develop an idea of how to fulfill it.
Depending on the situation generating the idea, a new cooperative may be welcomed with enthusiasm or may be met with vigorous competitive opposition. If opposed, leaders must be prepared to react to various strategies of competitors such as, price changes to retain potential cooperative members’ business; better contract terms or canceled contracts; attempts to influence lenders against providing credit; and even publicity, misstatements, and rumors attacking the cooperative business concept.
Regardless of the business climate for the proposed cooperative, leaders must demonstrate a combination of expertise, enthusiasm, practicality, dedication, and determination to see that the project is completed.
Top Reasons Cooperatives Succeed
A cooperative usually succeeds because it: (1) Meets member needs, including several members sharing a similar vision. (2) Fills a gap or need in the community.(3) Is owned and controlled by the member/users of the coop, who are the coop customers. (4) Returns profits to the members/users of the coop, creating benefit.(5) Shares the risks and rewards among several people rather than one. (6) Consists of checks and balances, i.e. a board of directors and manager. (7) Includes the talents of many members/users in one single business.
General Rules for Success
Several basic rules for successful formation of a cooperative apply to more than one step of the process and to continuing operations. Some rules are unique to the cooperative form of business. They include effective use of advisers and committees, keeping members informed and involved, maintaining good board/manager relations, following sound business practices, conducting businesslike meetings, and forging links with other cooperatives.
Visit NCDC’s website for more details on starting a cooperative business!