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Business creation task force announces statewide meetings
August 05, 2016 Media Report   

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LINCOLN (July 20, 2016) — The Legislature’s Venture Development and Entrepreneurship Task Force will hold town hall meetings across Nebraska this summer. The task force consists of six state senators: Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg, Sen. Paul Schumacher of Columbus, Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis, Sen. John Stinner of Gering, and Sen. Mark Kolterman of Seward.

Created under Legislative Bill 1083, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Pete Ricketts, the Venture Development and Entrepreneurship Task Force is expected to review the role entrepreneurship and innovation play in Nebraska’s economy.

“The Nebraska Legislature understands that today’s large businesses and corporations were yesterday’s startups and small businesses,” said Sen. Watermeier, the task force chair. “For the state’s economy to grow in the future, we need to ensure that our entrepreneurs and innovators have the resources they need to succeed today.”

In consultation with the state’s public-private venture capital organization, Invest Nebraska, the task force will develop a statewide strategic plan that will contain four main components. The components are an inventory of existing state and locally sponsored entrepreneur and small business programs; an economic impact analysis of the existing Nebraska Business Innovation Act programs through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development; an overview of entrepreneurial and innovative best practices from other states; and specific policy recommendations to consider in the next legislative session.

“Giving Nebraska’s entrepreneurs and innovators the opportunity to tell their story will assist state senators in forming the right policy options,” said Sen. Williams, sponsor of LB 1083 and vice-chair of the task force. “Ingenuity, tenacity, and a strong work ethic are basic characteristics of Nebraskans and vital components of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The nearest meeting to Scottsbluff and Gering is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 a.m at Alliance’s Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, 908 Yellowstone Ave.

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