Announcing: 2011 UNL Extension eShip Webinars

Announcing:  2011 UNL Extension eShip Webinars.

Each webinar is scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning at 10:00 A.M. CT/ 9:00 A.M. MT.  They can all be viewed at

Mark these dates on your calendar now and feel free to share with others who may be interested in the webinars.

Our first one is on a topic we all need to get better at and by participating you’ll have fun as well as come away with the start of an effective pitch!

January 18

Title:  What’s Your Pitch?  The Power of Wow!
Taught by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.
Extension Educator, UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center

Elevator pitches are created to sell your idea, business, product or service in 30 seconds or less (the time it takes to go from the first floor to the top of the building in an elevator). A great pitch has the power to help anyone…from a University employee to a new entrepreneur to a team working in a high-growth firm.

It’s important to develop and practice an effective pitch, complete with an awesome “Wow Factor,” so you are ready to use it under fire (pretend you just stepped onto an elevator with Warren Buffett or Bill Gates)!

This interactive webinar will walk people through the process of creating an Elevator Pitch or Quick Pitch for their idea, business, product, service or organization.     An effective pitch is a great way to make a very positive and lasting first impression!  Join us for this webinar, prepare your pitch and take advantage of the “Wow Factor!”  A worksheet that will be used during the webinar is attached to this email.  You can print it off prior to the webinar.

February 15
Title:  What’s Happening with the Engler Agribusiness Program?
Taught by Mark Gustafson
UNL Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Director

This new program provides an important connection for UNL students interested in developing their entrepreneurial skills.  Mark will provide brief history of  the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program including and all it entails.  He’ll share a progress report of how far the development of the Program has come and where it still need to go.   How the Engler Program connects to UNL Extension including a discussion among the group of how we can build on the existing connection between the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and UNL Extension.

March 15

Title:  Enterprise and Application Programs
Taught by Roger Wilson
University of Nebraska Educator with Rural Initiative

How can a small horticulture farmer keep good records of his Farmers Market sales?  What computer applications are available that can help keeping sales and production records easier?  Learn how some of these new tools can also help in making decisions.

April 19

Title: SARE Program – putting the workshop into action, working with a producer
Taught by Gary Lesoing
Nebraska SARE Director and UNL Extension Educator

Observe how a producer goes through the process of putting together a plan and goals to implement his SARE grant or project.  See how you can assist producers in finding resources that can help them research feasibility and potential sustainability of their project.

May 17

Title: Emerging opportunity in energy – biomass
Taught by John Hay
UNL Extension Educator – Biomass Energy

Wind, solar, biomass, ethanol and other new and potential energy sources are continually being observed, researched and developed.  Listen as John Hay talks about some of the emerging opportunities for Nebraska entrepreneurial minded people to develop off shoot businesses from new energy opportunities.

June 21

Title: Meeting your Audience’s Needs. Produce Placement and delivery.
Taught by Gail Brand
UNL Extension Educator – Young Children

Just think……there are always new parents looking for good child care and also needing help in learning how to take care of their children.  Discipline, nutrition, peer pressure, budgeting, the difference between needs and wants and many other factors are important to young families.  There are always new opportunities in education, care, nutrition, safety, equipment, recreation and other things for entrepreneurial minded people to explore in our communities.  Spend a little time examining what opportunities might be possible in your community.


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