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High School Students Showcase their Businesses at
Summer Honors Entrepreneurship Expo

Summer Honors Entrep Expo

Students who participated in the action-packed Summer Honors Entrepreneurship Class of 2013 showcased their individual businesses on Thursday, June 20th in the Holdrege Middle School gym.  The individual businesses ranged from artisan crafts to unique foods to woodworking to graphic arts, Classified Ads sites online, and more.  

During the honors program class, the participants conquered many projects in just a few short days. They branded their two competing concession stands, developed their individual businesses, debuted them at Swedish Days and hosted the Expo. Dynamic special speakers, effective field trips, strategic marketing plans for the Eship Expo and team-building creative activities filled their adventure-filled weeks during the Honors Program. They also donated 10% of their profits to a social entrepreneurship project. 

In addition to all of that, during the class they also adopted a business space in downtown Holdrege and crafted a vision plan for that particular business. And while doing all of these entrepreneurial activities they created Braden’s Arcade as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge (  The arcade was named in honor of Braden Badertscher, a former Entrepreneurship student who is was not able to attend this year’s Summer Honors Program because of his cancer treatments.

Jim Krieger Receives Nebraska Entrepreneurship Outstanding Service Award

Jim Krieger Award

Photo: Monica Braun - Director, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women's Business Center (left); Jim Krieger, Gallup CFO (center); Rose Jaspersen, Executive Director of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund Director (right).

Jim Krieger, founder of the Krieger Family Foundation and Chief Financial Officer for the Gallup Organization, was honored with the 2013 Nebraska Entrepreneurship Outstanding Service Award at the 7th Annual MarketPlace Nebraska Conference.  The award is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Enterprise Fund and the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force.

Individuals or organizations that have demonstrated sustained and outstanding state and/or national leadership and advocacy for entrepreneurship education and/or business development services are eligible to receive the award.  Nominees must have made contributions that are noteworthy in advancing the mission to educate, engage, and empower entrepreneurs of all ages throughout Nebraska.

Krieger believes that "Nebraska needs to create a business climate that supports individual entrepreneurs and gives them the tools to succeed.  There's no silver bullet about what you can and can't do.  You have to get back to what each individual does and what we can do to support that effort."

The nomination for Mr. Krieger highlighted a few of the multiple initiatives and programs that owe their existence in whole or in part to Jim Krieger and the Krieger Family Foundation including:

  • "Entrepreneurship in Nebraska” the groundbreaking book that started significant dialogue and support for entrepreneurship education & advocacy efforts in Nebraska
  • Lincoln Public Schools Entrepreneurship Focus Program
  • UNL 4-H Extension Entrepreneurship Curriculum & Programs, including EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI), LEAP into Careers, Community Connections
  • Annual support provided for the Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship

The Nebraska Enterprise Fund ( is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury, CDFI Fund. NEF provides direct loans to start-up and existing micro/small businesses across Nebraska. NEF works collaboratively with lending organizations and banks to assist in filling financial gaps for businesses.

The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force-NETForce ( is an actively engaged group of collaborating partners focused on the high income, high skill, and high demand entrepreneurial career opportunities available to Nebraska’s youth and adults.  Collaborating partners include the Nebraska Community College System, Nebraska Department of Education, nonprofit service providers and economic development organizations, private colleges and universities, and the University of Nebraska system. 

An article with video comments by Mr. Krieger posted on the website on January 28, 2011 can be found at