Meet the Buyers Conference makes important connections
On November 4, NBDC hosted the 2015 Government Contracting Conference: Meet the Buyers at Embassy Suites Downtown, Omaha bringing together federal agency buyers and prime contractors with small businesses. The event was envisioned by NBDC as an effective way to increase opportunities for Nebraska small businesses to participate in the government marketplace.
The conference offered two tracks of workshops covering issues relevant to contracting from the marketing and the operations perspectives. General session speakers included keynote speaker Jeff Beals, Diane Vanderzanden, National Park Service; Sharon Spohn, VA; Mike Hall, Offutt AFB; and Michael Orr, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A panel presentation was given by small business owners and primes who have been successful in government contracting: (pictured above) Mark Santo, Mark VII Enterprises; Nancy Brandon, HDR; Mark Spadaro, Dyna-Tech; and Steven Wolf, JEO. The afternoon sessions were introduced by City of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
One-on-one meetings with federal buyers and representatives of prime contractors were scheduled throughout the day. "We wanted this meeting to deliver needed how-to-do business information, but more importantly to facilitate highly productive networking and to generate actual leads," says Veronica Doga, conference administrator. Doga, director of NBDC's procurement technical assistance program, began organizing the conference last spring and plans to make this an annual event.
NBDC receives NENEDD Entrepreneurial Advancement Award
The Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD) awarded its 2015 Entrepreneurial Advancement Award to the Nebraska Business Development Center for its continuous support of business development activities in northeast and north central Nebraska. Pictured above at award ceremony: Loren Kucera, center director at NBDC's Wayne State College office; Tom Higginbotham, Jr., executive director of NENEDD; Sara McMillan, NBDC business consultant; and Odee Ingersoll, center director at the NBDC office in Kearney. Read full award announcement.
NBDC graduate assistant receives scholarship
Scott Mills, pictured with Bob Bernier, NBDC state director, and Aretha Boex, Omaha center director, was awarded the 2015-16 Robert E. Bernier Scholarship. Mills is an MBA candidate in UNO's College of Business Administration. He provides consulting to NBDC business clients under Boex's mentorship.
NBDC welcomes new staff
Josh Nichol-Caddy, MBA, Josh Nichol-Caddy joins NBDC as a market research analyst and export consultant. He received a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Missouri. While a student at MU and a full-time faculty member at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, he worked with various organizations to develop marketing and media strategies. He also has worked as a video editor, copy editor, social media marketer, reporter, and freelance writer.
McPherson directs entrepreneurship competition
Thanks in part to the Hormel Family Foundation a recent entrepreneurial competition doled out $30,000 in startup money to seven businesses and business startups in Southwest Nebraska. Charlie McPherson, center director of the Nebraska Business Development Center at Mid-Plains Community College, serves as project manager for the Hormel Entrepreneurship Committee. Jason Van Pelt, pictured above (right) with McPherson (left) and Andy Long, McCook Community College vice president, received the grand prize and $13,000. Full article in McCook Gazette
SBA recognizes NBDC consultants for their contributions
Sara McMillan, business consultant and valuation analyst for the Nebraska Business Development Center Grand Island office, was awarded the 2015 SBA Nebraska Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award. (She is pictured above receiving award from Kathleen Piper, deputy district director, SBA)
First National Bank supports development of small businesses
First National Bank of Omaha awarded the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) $40,000 to support its development of small businesses in the Omaha area. NBDC will use the funding to increase services that help entrepreneurs qualify for commercial loans.
Pictured from left: Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration; Aretha Prodjinotho, director of the NBDC Omaha office; Robert Bernier, state director of NBDC; Alec Gorynski, senior director of community development at First National Bank; and Clint Sporhase, vice president of business banking at First National Bank.