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August 19, 2009

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Connecting with Facebook Training

FacebookGROW Members do you want to reach more potential buyers with Facebook?

If yes, then plan to attend one of GROW Nebraska's hands on "Connecting with Facebook" Trainings.


When:
Your choice of:

  • Thursday, August 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Friday, August 28 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Where: State Fair Park – Ag Hall – Lincoln, NE

Cost:

  • Free for bundle memberships
  • Free for 2009 GROW State Fair Store Participants
  • $10.00 if not participating in the State Fair Store or did not pay bundle membership fee

*Class Size is limited to 10 participants 
Each participant will be using a computer – So Sign Up Today!!

Would you like your product featured on TV?

GROW Nebraska has a great opportunity with NTV to have your business/products featured on the noon show. GROW members will have the chance to show off their products during a special trial TV segment. NTV would like to promote unique entrepreneurial businesses. If you are interested in having your business featured please let us know. You must be willing to go on TV and talk about your business. This is a wonderful time to get your business in the spot light! If you have any questions please contact us at info@grownebraska.org. Sign up here by September 15 to be a part of this wonderful opportunity.

GROW Job Openings

StoreGROW Nebraska is currently interested in hiring GROW members to work at the Kearney and Grand Island retail locations and the Lincoln Holiday store.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please send resumes to info@grownebraska.org. Please specify which store you are interested in working in.




Special Advertising Offer

Omaha Family Magazine offers special online pricing to GROW Nebraska members. Please visit www.omahafamily.com and click on the Buy Local button! A special rate of $25 per month for a clickable business card ad is being offered! Invoices will be mailed in 3 month increments. They welcome credit card payments. Please e-mail Lauren Hathaway at lauren@hathawaypublishing.net with questions.

Omaha Family has been connecting with families since 1999. We print 50,000 copies monthly. The majority of issues go home with kids in the area’s elementary/middle school districts: OPS, Millard, Ralston, Papillion/La Vista and Elkhorn. Visit www.omahafamily.com!

Visual Merchandising as a Marketing Tool

Visual Merchandising as a Marketing Tool
is the kick-off webinar presented by eXtension.  Feel free to join us on the second Thursday of each month for a free webinar pertaining to issues of interest to small business owners, ag producers, business coaches and mentors!

On Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:00pm (EST);1:00 p.m. CST; 12:00 p.m. MST; 11:00 a.m. PST the eXtension Entrepreneurs & Their Communities webinar topic will be Visual Merchandising as a Marketing Tool.  Join Glenn Muske, Oklahoma State University for an informative session on how to use displays, product arrangement to draw customers to your business. Visual merchandising is an excellent way to attract attention to your business. It also can provide information and even "close the deal." Visual merchandising is more than just making it pretty but acts as a silent saleperson. This webinar will discuss why the owner should consider visual merchandising as a tool and how it can be done. Basic principles and design elements will be discussed plus you will see examples of how small business owners have used these in practice. How visual merchandising can be done at low cost will also be a part of the program.

Help us to spread the word about this session. No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at connect.extension.iastate.edu/ecop/. You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your first name, last name and state, then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. To hear the audio of the workshop and participate in the Q&A portion of the workshop we will be using a built-in teleconferencing capability of Adobe’s Connect Pro conferencing software. Once you log into the meeting you will be presented with the option to enter your call-back number, your phone will automatically be called. After entering your number you will be automatically called and joined into the audio portion of the Web conference on your phone.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome!

The Entrepreneurs & Their Communities eXtension team offers a free monthly webinar on a variety of issues of interest to small business owners, farmers, business coaches and mentors. The webinars are presented live on the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm (eastern), 1:00 pm (central), 12:00 pm (mountain) and 11:00 am (pacific). All webinars are recorded and archived for on-demand viewing.

eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.

Improve Your Google Ranking

Check out two EXCITING workshops that are being offered in Lincoln at Southeast Community College this month and next!  Workshops are held at the Continuing Education Center, 301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln Nebraska 68510.

Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
Target  your  advertising  to  the  right  audience using Google™. Both new students  and  advanced  marketers  will  develop  skills  in search engine marketing  techniques.  This interactive, hands-on course provides valuable content  including  Adwords,  keyword  targeted advertising, banners, video spots,  mobile  and  business  maps. Metric results are used to make budget decisions and measure ROI. Lunch will be provided both days.

Course Number: BSAD-3032 CEUA
Tuition: $99 (includes lunch both dates)
Dates:  Aug 27 & 28
Times:  8:45am - 4pm
Instructor:  Maly

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) – Get Noticed!
Learn  tips  and  tricks  to  optimize your site's ranking in all the major search   engines,   and   drive   traffic   to   your  site  using  simple, straight-forward techniques. Topics include keyword analysis, checking your rank,  site  design,  content creation and free tools. No web design skills necessary.

Course Number: BSAD-4303 CEUA
Tuition: $79
Dates:  Sept 17 - Oct 1
Times:  5:30-8:30pm
Instructor:  Hefley

Space  is  limited.  To register for either class, please visit: www.southeast.edu/continuing/registration.asp

If  you  have  any  questions,  please  feel free to contact Amy Chesley at 402-437-2709 or email at achesley@southeast.edu

This Week: Picture of the Week

Candles

GROW Member Candles by Blazin Saddles prepares a new batch of candles for the GROW Nebraska State Fair General Store!

Do you want to submit a picture of the week?
Please e-mail us at info@grownebraska.org

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Online Sales for the Week


August 12 - August 19, 2009
eCommerce Sales: $242.77
eBay Sales: $0.00
Total Sales: $242.77

Sales From: Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona

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Congrats to Sandra Hilsabeck! Sandra's Book "Drop Shot, Life Lessons Learned on the Rectangle" will be stocked in the United State Tennis Association book store in New York at the U.S. Open Grand Slam in September 2009.

Upcoming Events

Aug 28 - Sep 7 - GROW Nebraska Sate Fair General Store - Lincoln, NE

Sep 22 Sep 23 - GROW Nebraska Marketing Workshops in Sidney, Scottsbluff, Chadron

Oct 27 - Oct 29
-GROW Nebraska Marketing Worskhops in Fremont, Omaha, Nebraska City

Nov 12 - Nov 13 -GROW Nebraska Marketing Worskhops in Valentine, Bassett, Norfolk
























































































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