Effective Networking: A Key Success Factor for Small Business Owners

Effective Networking: A Key Success Factor for Small Business Owners.

Stand out from the Competition with Marketing!

Have you really thought about your marketing plan?  Do you think spending all this time in the online world is wasteful?  Then you need to check out the video on Stand Out From the Competition with Marketing!

Glenn Muske, small business specialist for North Dakota State University Extension shared tips and tricks to get you started to a successful creating a marketing plan – http://powerofbusiness.net/pob/marketing/

2014 Nebraska Rural Poll, “Earning a Living in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska”

While wage and salary jobs make up about 80 percent of all Nebraska jobs, they are being steadily replaced by self-employment. This is especially true in nonmetropolitan counties. Given this, what types of jobs do rural Nebraskans have? How many rural Nebraskans derive income from self-employment? What motivates rural Nebraskans’ decision to be employed?

This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. The complete report can be found athttp://ruralpoll.unl.edu/report14

Friday 15 Live Chat – December 5 – 11:15 a.m. CT


What a great opportunity to learn about a business model that might work for you!

Originally posted on Power of Business:

Harnessing the cooperative business structure to launch a new enterprise
December 5th, 11:15 CT/10:15 MT

Heidi Demars, marketing director for the BisMan Community Food Coop in North Dakota, will discuss how cooperatives work as a small business structure. We’ll hear how the BisMan Coop idea started, and where it is at today. Of course, lessons learned along the way will be shared.

The BisMan coop is working to provide retail access to healthy and sustainable foods, stocked regularly by local farmers & ranchers, other regional producers, and a national supplier.


Click here to join the Chat – Talk to you soon!

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A fun coding activity!

The 2014 National Christmas Tree will be lighted Dec. 4, in a ceremony outside the White House. The big tree is surrounded by smaller trees — state trees.

This year, those trees will feature animated light patterns created on Google’s Made with Code website. Made with Code is Google’s initiative to encourage more girls to learn coding and to help them see coding and technology as a means to achieve their dreams, but anyone can code a pattern onto a tree by visiting the Made with Code site and clicking on “Code the Holidays.”

Here is to the girls who want to make a difference in the coding world!

Broadband Plan highlights vision for Nebraska

Broadband in Nebraska: Current Landscape and Recommendations lays out a vision for broadband in Nebraska, sets goals and makes recommendations to further broadband development in Nebraska.

“Broadband is important to Nebraska’s businesses and communities,” said Lt. Governor Nelson, who chairs the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. “This plan builds on Nebraska’s successes in stimulating
investment in Nebraska’s telecommunications infrastructure and encouraging the use of broadband in businesses, agriculture, health care, education, libraries, local government, and public safety entities. Additionally, the plan
highlights the need to encourage more youth to pursue careers in information technology.”

Broadband availability in Nebraska has improved over the past three years with 99.5 percent of Nebraskans now having access to service with download speeds of greater than 10 Mbps. Household adoption of broadband has also
increased to 82 percent of Nebraska households subscribing to broadband. Mobile connections are becoming increasingly important to residents and businesses with more than 80 percent of Nebraska businesses currently using
smart phone technology.

The plan sets goals for broadband availability and adoption for 2020, including having broadband service of 25 Mbps down available to 90 percent of Nebraska households and having more than 90 percent of Nebraska households subscribe to broadband. In 2013, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an international broadband expert company, conducted a survey of Nebraska businesses on their use of the Internet. Respondents to the survey indicated that 25% to 45% of revenue from the Internet.  Information on the survey is available at

The plan is available from the Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s website
(http://www.nitc.ne.gov/news/community/broadband_plan.html).  Highlights  of the plan are available on YouTube video

Power of Business – Friday 15 – recorded!

Did you miss the conversation with Hudson Valley Distillery?  You can still listen – it is a great story about passion and using local resources!   These guys are capturing what is happening in their community and turning it into a destination place!

You can listen to the interview at http://powerofbusiness.net/friday-15/hudson-valley-distillery/