Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship will support local libraries involved in the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project by conducting the following youth engagement and entrepreneurship activities:

*Deliver via video telecommunication technology in Library Public Computer Centers training to library staff and volunteers, teachers, youth program leaders and adult mentors in strategies and tools for successfully engaging young people in community economic development. Training will encourage use of library archives for student research projects to learn about their community’s heritage, the entrepreneurs and leaders who founded their hometown, and to share this information with their community.

*Support information technology training for businesses using Library Center computer facilities, and demonstrate emerging technologies that local business owners and managers may adapt to grow their businesses and create new wealth and local jobs via demonstration project with Imperial, Nebraska.

*Deliver via video telecommunication and Webinar technology in Library Public Computer Centers,: Energizing Entrepreneurs (e2) training focused on business coaching and youth entrepreneurship.

*Deliver the following:

*Youth Engagement Training. The Center will develop and provide a Youth Engagement Training Program. This program will be Webinar-based and supported with mentoring support.

*Business Technology Training. Working with the community of Imperial and with advisory support from Christine Hamelton-Pennell (Growing Local Communities, Inc.) the Center will design a model Business Technology Center. This resource will employ the Imperial Library as a demonstration site and include a webinar based training program.

*E2 Entrepreneur Training. The Center will provide its Working with Entrepreneurs Training package. This training will be web based employing a webinar format, and will include a tutorial on Web-based Business Tools software.

All training programs will be recorded and available to participating libraries for their future use.

For more information see or Craig Schroeder,, 402-423-8788.

To view recorded webinars designed especially for libraries presented by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and Growing Local Economies, Inc., please use the following links:

May 24, 2012: Attracting Youth Home to Rural Nebraska, by Craig Schroeder:

July 26, 2012: Economic Development…Communities & Libraries, by Don Macke:

August 15, 2012: Creating an Entrepreneur-Friendly Library, by Christine Hamilton Pennel:

There are 1 Comments to "Center for Rural Entrepreneurship"

  • Mary Jo Ryan says:

    Notice from the Center for Entrepreneurship Newsletter:
    Practical Ways to Address Youth Out-Migration and Recruit New Residents

    Recruiting alumni and young families to rural communities is a topic of great interests to many local leaders. In our most recent webinar, we discussed how small towns can leverage their relationships with alumni and address five key priorities to become much more effective in recruiting new residents, and address out-migration and population decline.

    To view the webinar recording,
    click here .

    For information about how we can help you develop a game plan for attracting alumni and young families, please contact Craig at

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