Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics, March 29, 2017,


Copyright 2017 University of Nebraska.


The inaugural Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference (CEC) will be held April 19-20 in McCook, Nebraska.

What Is It? The CEC Conference is an opportunity to educate communities on the various tools and resources available to assist them in helping entrepreneurs grow and prosper in their communities. Presenters are found locally, regionally and from other states to share how they found success in a variety of aspects of building the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

One of the unique aspects of the CEC Conference is that it is not held in a conference setting. Breakout sessions are embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown area so the conference offers the unique opportunity to learn about and experience an entrepreneurial community. Rather than sitting in a meeting room with no windows, participants will wander around downtown as they move from session to session. This creative approach, modeled after the Michigan State connecting entrepreneurial communities conference, offers plenty of opportunity for networking and seeing first hand the entrepreneurial efforts in the community.