The Southeast Nebraska Inventors, Investors and Entrepreneurs Club (I2E Club), will meet Tuesday, May 12 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Kimmel Education & Research Center in Nebraska City. The meeting will begin with a networking social at 5:30 PM featuring food from an I2E member, Hickory Road BBQ and Catering Company in located in Auburn, Nebraska. The networking social, sponsored by UNL Kimmel Education and Research Center, will also include other Nebraska products.
Mr. Mark Patterson, Vice- President of 5Stat (one of four divisions under Store Kraft Manufacturing of Beatrice, Nebraska), will speak following the networking social. Mr. Patterson will share his entrepreneurial insights during his presentation, “ You May Be Using RFID ” (Radio Frequency Identification) Now. Mark started as a consultant for Store Kraft and soon became a member of management in July, 2004. He has over 20 years of experience in the woodworking industry with a strong background in manufacturing operations. Mark has proven accomplishments in improving profitability and manufacturing operation efficiencies and most recently in effectively building the 5stat subsidiary corporation with top talent and global market position.
Immediately following, Bill Hawkins (aka “Farmer Bill”), a wild crafter and entrepreneur will present information about the effectiveness of using images and technology to market businesses. Each business has a unique story to tell, and Farmer Bill will present information on how he markets his enterprise. Farmer Bill will also provide some inspiration and motivation for the evening.
This small group setting stimulates open and supportive networking amongst individuals while encouraging and inspiring creative thinking.
Anyone interested in exploring the idea of developing a product, starting their own business or expanding on current business skills, is invited to attend.
The Club is a collaborative effort by a regional group in Southeast Nebraska and has been made possible by funding from a Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act (BECA) grant. There is a $10 per session fee or participants may choose to join the club and pay a small annual membership fee.
Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild is the I2E program coordinator and facilitator. Please contact her with questions or registration information via phone (402- 873-3166) or e-mail (email@example.com). Dr. Connie is the Unit Leader and Extension Educator for the UNL Kimmel Education & Research Center in Nebraska City.