Carl Schramm to highlight Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship
Internationally known entrepreneurship expert Carl Schramm will highlight the second annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship on Monday, February 25, when hundreds of educators, business leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and small business owners from across the state will gather at the Qwest Center in Omaha.

The event – co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska, the Gallup Organization and the Nebraska Business-Higher Education Forum – brings together state leaders from the public and private sector, policy makers and business leaders, as well as a variety of speakers, group discussion and the unveiling of a new book about entrepreneurship in Nebraska.

"The diversity of interests represented at this summit – business, government, economic development professionals, education, youth programs – is indicative of the importance and diversity of interests in entrepreneurship today," University President James. B. Milliken said. "The key to economic success in Nebraska depends largely on capitalizing on our entrepreneurial spirit, and the capacity to turn that into successful businesses."

Schramm, recognized as one of the world’s thought leaders in explaining and advancing entrepreneurship, will serve as the keynote speaker at the noon luncheon and sign books after his presentation. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and author of the best-selling book, The Entrepreneurial Imperative: How America’s Economic Miracle Will Reshape the World (and Change Your Life.) The Kauffman Foundation is the largest foundation in the world which focuses on entrepreneurship. The foundation works with leading educators, researchers and other partners to further the understanding of the powerful economic impact of entrepreneurship, to train the nation’s next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and to improve the environment in which entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

"The University of Nebraska believes in the power of entrepreneurship to transform the economic landscape of the state," according to Pete Kotsiopulos, the university’s Vice President for University Affairs with a focus on economic development. "That’s why we believe this conversation is important. We want to nurture and cultivate entrepreneurship throughout Nebraska."

The summit also features a presentation from the authors of a new book, Entrepreneurship in Nebraska: Conditions, Attitudes, and Actions, analyzing, evaluating and suggesting ways to improve the business and economic conditions affecting the state’s entrepreneurial environment. The authors are William Walstad, John T. and Mable M. Hay Professor of Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Eric Thompson, an associate professor of economics and director of the Bureau of Business Research at UNL. They will be joined by Jim Krieger, Vice President of The Gallup Organization, which supports entrepreneurial research and activity across the state, and commissioned research for the new book.

The summit begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day. Schramm will speak at noon.

Admission is free, but registration is required and remains open.

Other summit highlights include: Mary Ann O’Brien, founder, president and CEO of O’Brien Industries. "Lessons Learned," entrepreneurial stories from seasoned business people, as well as from beginners. New developments in entrepreneurship in Nebraska.

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