UNK’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development recognized at statewide summit

YORK – UNK Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development Director Lisa Tschauner and Assistant Director Aliese Hoffman were honored with the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Service award presented Nov. 9 during the sixth annual Nebraska Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit in York.

Hosted by the NETForce statewide coalition, the daylong event features expert presenters offering information about educational strategies and economic building tools that encourage entrepreneurship and innovation.

“The UNK CERD promotes strong and sustained business growth by fostering creative entrepreneurial initiatives in rural Nebraska and establishing a competitive economic edge through applied academic research and community outreach. Director Lisa Tschauner and Assistant Director Aliese Hoffman engage in exemplary leadership and advocacy through their wide range of statewide services and student programs,” said Gregg Christensen of NETForce, who submitted the nomination. “The center focuses on outreach, education and research that impacts small business development and growth in rural Nebraska, including talent retention, effective business planning and economically inviting opportunities.”

The NETForce organization accepts nominations from across the state prior to the annual Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit in the following categories: Outstanding Entrepreneurship Service, Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year and Gregg Christensen Distinguished Hall of Fame. NETForce member, Nebraska Enterprise Fund, is the sponsor of the award ceremony, providing each recipient with a recognition plaque.

“The Best Practices Summit is a wonderful event where attendees can network with other practitioners and learn about what is happening across the state,” said event chair Marilyn Schlake of UNL. “This event is meant for anyone who is interested in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including educators, administrators, economic developers, community organizers, policymakers or service providers.”

NETForce is an engaged group of collaborating partners focused on building Nebraska’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by promoting education and career opportunities available to youth and adult entrepreneurs across Nebraska.