Jim Clifton to Highlight Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship
"Entrepreneurial Lifestyles and Legacies" is the theme of the fourth annual Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship, to be held Feb. 26 at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 141 N. 9th St. in Lincoln. The 2010 summit will feature educators, business leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs and small business owners from across Nebraska. Last year’s event drew about 400 participants.

The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no registration fee, but pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. To register or for more information, visit www.nebraskaentrepreneur.com. The summit is co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska, The Gallup Organization and the Nebraska Business-Higher Education Forum.

"The University of Nebraska is committed to encouraging and facilitating the passion for entrepreneurship that is shared by people across Nebraska," said NU President James B. Milliken. "Business development and job growth depend on innovation and entrepreneurship, more so in today's economy than ever. This conference provides great opportunities to learn from and network with successful Nebraska entrepreneurs."

This year's luncheon keynote speaker is Jim Clifton, a Nebraska graduate and chairman and CEO of The Gallup Organization. After founding Selection Research, Inc., in Lincoln, Clifton led the acquisition of The Gallup Organization in 1988 and has since helped the company expand to a global organization with offices in more than 20 countries. He is known for creating The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes links between human nature in the workplace, customer engagement and business outcomes. Clifton's most recent innovation is the Gallup World Poll, designed to give the world's 6 billion citizens a voice in key global issues.

Clifton's remarks are titled "Entrepreneurship: The Playoff Game of Our Lives."

The summit also will offer three major "tracks" that address timely issues facing entrepreneurs today. Panelists include Nebraska business owners, economic development experts, University leaders and others. Tracks are:

Track 1: Stepping Beyond (outreach)
Track 2: Bridging the Valley (finance)
Track 3: To the Marketplace (action)

Other summit highlights include:

  • Opening remarks from University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken, Gov. Dave Heineman and Peter Kotsiopulos, University of Nebraska vice president for university affairs.
  • A session titled “The Big Picture” led by Bo Fishback, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Foundation, located in Kansas City, is the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship.
  • A panel discussion on success stories of Nebraska family businesses.

Editor's Note: Members of the media are welcome to attend the summit. If media members would like to join us for lunch, please register at www.nebraskaentrepreneur.com.

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