Lincoln & Omaha Entrepreneurship Resource Directory



Course Syllabi-Nebraska Community College CAO Approved

NET Force


NET Force Meeting Final Agenda-4.13.18
February 2, 2018 Agenda

September 22, 2017 Agenda

April 24, 2017 Agenda

January 13, 2017 Agenda
September 23, 2016 Agenda
May 20, 2016 Agenda.
January 22, 2016 Agenda.
May 1, 2015 Agenda.
January 23, 2015 Agenda.
September 19, 2014 Agenda.
May 16, 2014 Agenda.



NET FORCE Minutes 9.22.17 Draft

NET FORCE Minutes 1-13-17
NET FORCE Minutes 9-23-16
NET FORCE Minutes 5-20-16
NET FORCE Minutes 1-22-16
NET FORCE Minutes 5-1-15
NET FORCE Minutes 1-23-15

NET FORCE Minutes 9-19-14


Meeting Handouts/Resources

April 13th, 2018 Handouts/Resources

February 2nd, 2018 Handouts/Resources

September 22nd, 2017 Handouts/Resources

April 24th, 2017 Handouts/Resources

January 13th, 2017 Handouts/Resources

September 23rd, 2016 Handouts/Resources

May 20th, 2016 Handouts/Resources

January 22, 2016 Handouts/Resources

May 1, 2015 Handouts/Resources

January 23, 2015 Handouts/Resources

September 19, 2014 Handouts/Resources

May 16, 2014 Handouts/Resources



NET FORCE Entrepreneurship Awards Recipients – 2012 to Present (PDF)

2018 Award Program Criteria (PDF)

Awards nomination form is at this link:
Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday, October 1, 2018.
Questions can be directed to Gregg Christensen, 402.471.4337,

Outstanding Service Award

The Outstanding Service Award is open to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated sustained and outstanding leadership and advocacy for entrepreneurship education and/or business development services In Nebraska.  The leadership and advocacy should have been at a level beyond a specific community or organization.


  • Passion for entrepreneurship education and business development services in Nebraska.
  • Outstanding leadership and guidance in entrepreneurship education and/or business development services in Nebraska
  • Advocacy for entrepreneurship education and/or business development services. 
  • Contributions to entrepreneurship education and/or business development services including technical assistance and training over a sustained period of time.
  • Leadership and advocacy should have been beyond a specific community or organization in Nebraska.      


Gregg Christensen Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award is the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force’s highest honor.  This award recognizes and honors outstanding educators, community leaders, community volunteers/mentors, elected officials and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a zeal and commitment to advance entrepreneurship and/or entrepreneurship education that has demonstrated significant impact in Nebraska. Hall of Fame recipients must have distinguished themselves for their advocacy of entrepreneurship as a key driver of local, state and national economic vitality and as a way to improve our quality of life and inspire creativity and innovation and entrepreneurship. (Adapted from Entrepreneurship Education Consortium Hall of Fame Criteria)


  • Outstanding leadership and guidance in advancing the entrepreneurial eco-system in Nebraska.
  • Noteworthy advocacy for entrepreneurship as a key driver of economic vitality at the state and/or national levels
  • Demonstrated commitment to entrepreneurship-focused education and/or economic development in Nebraska over an extended period of time.
  • Evidence of proficiency in building partnerships and making positive impacts upon the entrepreneurial climate in Nebraska.
  • Documentation of tangible work products that have resulted in innovation in the practice of entrepreneurship-focused education and/or economic development.
  • Outstanding leadership and guidance in creating an environment conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship in the state.


Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year

Recipients of the award should have made significant contributions toward the organization, implementation, development or evaluation of entrepreneurship education in Nebraska. The educator’s achievements may be from one or more of the following areas: classroom instruction, community-based learning, mentoring programs, internships, and/or student organization leadership.


Outstanding service to the field of entrepreneurship education.  This service might include:

  • Infusion of entrepreneurship education into existing courses.
  • Development, leadership and/or support of separate courses in entrepreneurship.
  • Partnerships with business, industry, agency and trade associations, and bringing together diverse groups whose interests foster economic development through entrepreneurship education.
  • Outreach to community members to enhance understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and driving force of economic development.
  • Encouraging teacher education institutions and accrediting groups to incorporate competencies of entrepreneurship into teacher training curricula.
  • Participation in or leadership of research that recognizes successful ventures into entrepreneurship.
  • Incorporation of the National Content Standards for Entrepreneurship Education into course development and program planning.
  • Sharing successful educational activities, programs and strategies with colleagues and other educational professionals.
  • Promoting the incorporation of entrepreneurial concepts into instructional and school counseling/guidance/advisement activities.
  • Leadership and/or involvement in National Entrepreneurship Week activities or other activities to promote entrepreneurship at the local, area, regional, national or international levels.




The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force) 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.


NET Force identifies and leverages educational resources to educate, engage and empower current and potential entrepreneurs.


  • Increasing access to and utilizing entrepreneurship curriculum
  • Expanding education and training opportunities
  • Identifying, coordinating and leveraging resources for ongoing support of Nebraska entrepreneurs
  • Locating and securing funding to further the mission
  • Increasing the marketing and outreach of entrepreneurial programs and services in the state

Why focus on entrepreneurship in Nebraska?

  • 60 percent of Nebraskans ages 18-29 are interested in starting businesses
  • Among the 300,000+ Nebraskans ages 18-29, there are about 84,000 with genuine interest in starting a business.
  • 91 percent of adult Nebraskans with children believe entrepreneurship is a positive career choice.
  • 85 percent of Nebraskans feel it is important or very important for colleges to teach entrepreneurship.

Most new jobs created in the United States come from the creative efforts of entrepreneurs engaged in endeavors ranging from micro-businesses to large-scale ventures.

Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education

Consortium for Entrep Education


The Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education is an international organization that champions Entrepreneurship Education and provides advocacy, leadership, networking, technical assistance, and resources across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting Quality Practices and Programs.


Entrepreneurship Education

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Photos are available using the following link.

2017 NET FORCE Awards Flyer

The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force) and co-sponsor, the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, presented awards to three Nebraskans recognized for their leadership in entrepreneurship advocacy and entrepreneurship education during the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit that took place in Kearney, NE on November 2nd.

The Summit focused on enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Nebraska through networking, sharing what works, and highlighting Big Ideas in entrepreneurship.

  • Gregg Christensen Distinguished Service Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Award: Craig Schroeder, Independent Entrepreneurship Consultant and immediate past-chairman of NET FORCE.
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year: Jamie Robinson, Millard South High School. Entrepreneurship Academy Instructor
  • Outstanding Nebraska Entrepreneurship Service Award: Judy Amoo, Dean of Economic and Community Development for Western Nebraska Community College.

Makerspaces: A Growing Nebraska Trend


Makerspaces are do-it-yourself shops popping up all across the U.S. Innovation Studio makerspace is where people can gather to invent, learn, and create. (Photo and Story by Ben Bohall, NET News). Click image for full story.

The Case for Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Youth Guide

One Town. Two Stoplights. Unlimited Possibilities
Brent Comstock | TEDxLincoln

Brent’s TEDxLincoln talk serves as an introduction to the idea of reinventing rural communities and also challenges entrepreneurs and innovators to consider looking to rural communities for ventures like tech start-ups and social enterprises.

Growing up in a rural SE Nebraska community, Brent was always bothered by the lack of connectedness and opportunities in rural Nebraska. At age 12, he started a small company that provided what he found lacking in a small town: computer services, web site design, and advice on anything technology-related. Since then, Brent, who is now a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina, has founded and been on the founding teams of many start-up companies throughout the United States.

Unlimited Possibilities Video
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It Takes a Community: Valley County Feature

Nebraska Loves Public Schools (NElovesPS) just released a ten minute video highlighting how Valley County, Nebraska invests in its students in a big way.  With a focus on entrepreneurship and a commitment to youth, one of the most successful ways Valley County illustrates this investment is through the annual EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) Camp.  Hosted in Ord, Nebraska, ESI Camp is a true community-wide/county-wide  collaboration where members of the business community share their time and talents with students.  Students build their entrepreneurial skills and learn what it takes to compete in a global marketplace – right in rural Nebraska.

Watch this special edition of It Takes a Community at or click on the image below.


Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education

The Nebraska Department of Education provides statewide:

  • Curriculum support
  • Technical assistance
  • Professional development

Entrepreneurship education outreach and services provided through Nebraska Career Education include:

  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education website
  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education listserv
  • Nebraska Career Education Conference sessions
  • Publicity for local, state, and national activities
  • Support and leadership for Nebraska’s National Entrepreneurship Week activities


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The Nebraska Department of Education is an active member of the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force (NET Force). The mission of NET Force is to identify and leverage educational resources that will educate, engage, and empower current and potential entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurship Education Resource Sites

NE Entrepreneurship



Kaufman Founders School

Career Clusters Resources

NE Career Edu Model

Career Readiness

Career Readiness Toolkit



NE Career Clusters

Click above to explore Nebraska companies.
The virtual tours provide a unique opportunity to experience Nebraska-based industries without leaving the classroom.

NE Standards Career Ready Practice

Career Ready Practice

Why Career Readiness?

Why Career Readiness?” 3.19 minute video


Instructor Resources

Nebraska Entrepreneurship Education ListServ, E-News, and Twitter

Awards Programs – National

NETForce Awards Criteria & Submission Information-2018

  • Outstanding Nebraska Entrepreneurship Educator
  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Outstanding Service Award
  • Nebraska Entrepreneurship Gregg Christensen Distinguished Service Award

Classroom Resources / Curricula

Course Syllabi-Nebraska Community College CAO Approved

Entrepreneurship Links for Educators

A vast collection of internet resources for entrepreneurship educators (PDF)

Conferences – National

Conferences – Nebraska

Competitions – Nebraska

Events / Activities – Nebraska

Grant Programs

Newsletters / Publications

Reports / Research



Student Resources

Awards Programs

  • EO Global High School Award
  • NFIB Young Entrep Award


Click here for Entrepreneurship Events in Nebraska

Competitions- Nebraska

  • UNL Quick Pitch
  • Central NE Idea Contest

Student Organizations – National

National student organizations that offer entrepreneurship competitive events and activities:





Junior Achievement

Skills USA

Student Organizations – Nebraska

Nebraska student organizations that offer entrepreneurship competitive events and activities:





JA of Lincoln NE

Nebraska 4-H

Entrepreneurship Week Celebrations

Nebraska Entrepreneurship Week

Engage your school and community in celebrating the important role that entrepreneurs play in growing our state and national economies during one of these special weeks.

Global Entrep Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and
global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Contact: Global Headquarters-Global Entrepreneurship Week; Hope Grauel;

National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally-chartered initiative founded by The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education in 2006. Check out the Governor’s Proclamation templates today to get your state involved and supporting entrepreneurship today!