FCDC Staff Attends Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference
Patt Lentfer, Executive Director, and Mary Johnson, Administrative Assistant, of the Fillmore County Development Corporation attended the Connecting Entrepreneurial Community conference in Hastings on April 4th and 5th.
The keynote speaker was Josh Berry, of Econic, Inc. Through examples of entrepreneurial communities, businesses and individuals, Berry shared the building blocks for getting started or re-energized for the entrepreneurial journey. During his talk Berry discussed ways to cultivate the WHY (conviction + courage) and HOW (curiosity + action) of entrepreneurial success.
Twenty-nine break-out sessions were held in various downtown Hastings businesses during the two days. Topics were varied and covered everything from creating a vibrant downtown, transfer of leadership in rural communities, navigating cycles in communities and businesses, breaking down the retail apocalypse and understanding the emergences of bricks and clicks, and identifying business resources to address challenges to name a few.
Jessi Hoeft, Co-Founder of First Street Brewery and Ensign Beverage Co. ended the conference by telling her story of returning to Nebraska and her journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur.