Friday, April 6, 2012

Fillmore County Development Corporation Hosts Meeting

Patt Lentfer, FCDC Executive Director, Jen Olds-SENDD, SERN Chairperson, Erin Malzer, Grow Nebraska.
Patt Lentfer, FCDC Director hosted the SERN meeting in Milligan on March 14th. Jen Olds chaired the meeting and introduced the after lunch speaker, Erin Malzer, with GROW Nebraska™

Local Businesswomen Speak at SERN meeting in Milligan

The Southeast Nebraska Resource Network (SERN) held their quarterly meeting in Milligan, Nebraska on March 14th.  Fillmore County Development Corporation served as the host. 

Two local businesswomen spoke to the group about their businesses in Milligan.  Stephanie Nichols talked about the Evening with Friends restaurant and how her and her husband came to be the owners after the previous owner had health problems.  She told about the changes they have made to the business to keep customers and attract new customers. 

Kim Slezak, owner of KPS GIS Consulting, told about being able to do forest management planning and geospatial analysis from Milligan using her computer.  Her business also has tools she can use for agriculture management.  Another area of interest for Slezak is photography which she markets through Everlasting Light Images where she posts her work.

Thirty resource providers, economic developers, and community stakeholders attended the SERN meeting that was held at Evening with Friends.  After a short business meeting a round table was held where everyone present gave information about programs, events, projects, and etc. that was going on in their area. 

Erin Malzer, with GROW Nebraska™ was the after lunch speaker and presented “Helping to GROW Entrepreneurship Statewide: The Story of GROW Nebraska”.   The presentation included information about the GROW Nebraska program including how the staff can help entrepreneurs throughout the state with "entrepreneurial coaching" and market access opportunities to its members.  GROW Nebraska’s™ goal is to connect entrepreneurs and small businesses to the world marketplace.

SERN is a regional group of resource specialists from various organizations/businesses from the Counties of Polk, Butler, Saunders, York, Seward, Lancaster, Cass, Otoe, Fillmore, Saline, Gage, Johnson, Nemaha, Thayer, Jefferson, Pawnee, and Richardson.  The group meets on a quarterly basis to discuss programs and resources offered by various agencies.

For more information contact the Fillmore County Visitors Co. at 702-759-4910 or email 

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