Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

 

It has been a full week!  One of the big events:  Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

The Tweet by Melissa Stewart connected me to the story behind Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.  Wendy Diamond, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Founder and CEO, started Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with great passion and purpose. She is giving women a global voice.  To learn more, read the article published in Fortune about Wendy Diamond:

 

Remember to support women owned businesses when holiday shopping.  Let’s keep the movement going!

Let our team at AskDrConnie know what women-owned businesses you are supporting this holiday season and throughout the year in the comment area below.

Go Wild with Women’s Entrepreneurship!

-Dr. Connie

Local Entrepreneurs + Teamwork = Creativity!

barn paintingSunday October 5th • Canvas Painting Class at Whispering Pines Bed & Breakfast with Jeanna & Katie

Where: 2018 6th Avenue • Nebraska City Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Details – Enjoy the beautiful scenery and relax for awhile! We will be painting a 16″x20″ canvas. The cost is $30 per person. Supplies, canvas, and light snacks included. Aprons will also be provided to wear to protect your clothing. You may bring your own wine if you wish.

Limited seating. Call 402-873-5850 to book your spot or e-mailjeanna@bbwhisperingpines.com

Join Me Today on 1110 KFAB Radio!

Status Update: I will be on from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM today, and Clint will be taking callers!

In addition to the topics I listed in the original blog post below, we will be discussing the 3 Mega-Trends I recently wrote about and presented on: 1) The Rise of the #GigEconomy, 2) Living with Purpose and Meaning and the 3) Decentralized Global Marketplace.

Plan on calling in with your questions!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!
-Dr. Connie

I am counting down the hours to my interview with Clint Bellows this afternoon on 1110 KFAB (www.kfab.com). I will be in the studio at 2:30 PM.

Our conversation will focus on creating your desired future in the current economy. We will touch on the power of your beliefs and talk about how your brain impacts finances, the future and of course fun!

Let me know if you have any questions you want me to answer on the air. Clint talked about taking live calls. I would love to hear from you if he opens the phone lines!

Going Wild!
Connie

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Megatrend 1: The Rise of the #GigEconomy

The rise of the entrepreneurial individual, and what is currently referred to as the Gig Economy, will create new challenges and opportunities for distance learning administrators.  How can institutions of education help learners create value for traditional employers and for their individual brands?   If not as many people are investing in education to land a full-time job, what does this mean for higher education?

An emerging trend, the rise of global joblessness (International Labour Office, 2014), is supporting the growth of the Gig Economy while creating a need for the marketing of talents and skills in new and meaningful ways.   The number of large employers is predicted to shrink in the future causing people to find new and inventive ways to make a living.  The ability to sell, purchase and promote goods and services as well as individual brands on the Web has created a need for education to add value to the lives of learners in innovative ways.  People are increasingly defining success for themselves, which does not always include a college degree and a 9-5 job.  In many ways, it is now much cooler to be a successful start-up entrepreneur, famous blogger or YouTube sensation than a person working in a full-time job.

One common denominator will remain the same:  People need to be found on the already crowded World Wide Web.  They have to build their brands and levels of influence to strengthen both credibility and success.  Educational institutions should keep a close eye on the rise of businesses like Fiverr.com and the use of Twesumes (Twitter + Resume = Twesume = a resume in 140 characters or less) to land jobs or gigs (thus, the #GigEconomy).

Leaders should also consider building their brands, as well as those of students, faculty and alumni.  The rise of social networks and technology has enabled people to both learn and teach at anytime from any place.  These same tools have helped people create their own businesses and design their lives in ways that best suit them, which supports the Living with Purpose and Meaning megatrend.  Life purpose is shaping everything from healthcare to education.

Book Panel A Success!

The book panel my husband Jim and I served on yesterday in Seward, NE was a great.

 
Approximately 20 people attended Chapters 8th Annual Local Authors Event, which was awesome!  It’s great to see an independent, locally owned store supporting creativity and innovation by hosting events designed to stimulate entrepreneurship and economic growth.  We met a lot of great people, including authors, business owners and even folks who can help us with tax issues from the Nebraska Department of Revenue.

 
I highly recommend visiting Seward.  It’s a fantastic community with such positive energy.  Make sure to stop in and support Chapters Books & Gifts in Seward when you get the chance.  Learn more about Chapters by visiting their web site:  sewardchapters.com 
 
Jim and I both extend BIG THANK YOU to Carla Ketner (a true community leader) and her team at Chapters as well as my UNL Extension colleague, Dennis Kahl, for inviting us to be part of this fantastic program! 
 
Go Wild!
-Dr. Connie

Gallup EAS Program: Calling Nebraska Businesses!

Dear Nebraska Businesses:
We are once again recruiting Nebraska businesses for the Gallup Entrepreneur Acceleration System (EAS) program.  The program is a joint effort between Gallup, the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, the Omaha Chamber and a number of other organizations.
There are Mentor Guides across the state, and we are looking for more Nebraska companies to enroll in the program.
Your business may be a good candidate for this program if:
1.  It is a Nebraska Company
2.  It has between 4 and 500 employees
3.  The business can commit to actively participating in all program requirements
4.  The business is open to change and growth!!
Visit the website (jobcreation.gallup.com) for more information, including workshop dates and other program requirements.  You can apply for the program on the site if you are interested in participating.
Thanks for all you do to make life in Nebraska awesome!!!
-Dr. Connie

Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.
Extension Educator in Innovation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Certified Gallup Mentor Guide
creimers2@unl.edu
PS:  The 2012 Nebraska Entrepreneurship Summit is on February 24.  Visit: http://www.nebraskaentrepreneur.com/2012-summit/ for more information!