Effective Networking: A Key Success Factor for Small Business Owners

Finding answers to your questions often starts with knowing who to call. And knowing who to call is made easier by building and maintaining an effective network. Glenn Muske, small business specialist for North Dakota State University Extension, outlines effective ways to build your network online and in-person.

Check out the Glenn’s small business guide to networking, “Effective Networking: A Key Business Success Factor,” and add it to small business game plan for success! http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cvicollect/3/

Friday 15 Live Chat – December 5 – 11:15 a.m. CT

Harnessing the cooperative business structure to launch a new enterprise
December 5th, 11:15 CT/10:15 MT

Heidi Demars, marketing director for the BisMan Community Food Coop in North Dakota, will discuss how cooperatives work as a small business structure. We’ll hear how the BisMan Coop idea started, and where it is at today. Of course, lessons learned along the way will be shared.

The BisMan coop is working to provide retail access to healthy and sustainable foods, stocked regularly by local farmers & ranchers, other regional producers, and a national supplier.


Click here to join the Chat – Talk to you soon!

September Friday 15 Live Chat was recorded!

If you missed the September Friday 15 Live Chat – you can still listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/user/PowerofBusiness.  Beth Kennett from Liberty Hill Farms shares her story about attracting and keeping customers!  What a wonderful interview!

Did you know you can subscribe to the Power of Business youtube channel?  We would love to provide with new information!


August 1st Friday 15 – Live chat is now on youtube

Did you miss the Friday 15 live chat?  You can now watch it

or go to https://www.youtube.com/user/PowerofBusiness – John Marquis, Ogallala Bay Rum – shared his success story about creating a product line to selling wholesale!

John first started selling on eBay and now has his own website plus listens to his customers on blogs and chat rooms!  He is amazed that people actually share his product and tell how much they like it!

He attributes that to great customer service – I contribute it to John!

Check out John’s business at http://ogallalabayrum.com/

Friday 15 Live Chat – August 1

Entering the World of Retail and Wholesale!

Mark your calendars – Friday August 1 for 15 minutes!

12:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. CT/10:15 a.m. MT
John Marquis was on a mission of creating a men’s shaving lotion, after he created the perfect combination, he started Ogallala Bay Rum by selling on eBay!

Soon John discovered he was in the world of retail and wholesale!

John will share what he learned about marketing and selling!  To learn more about Ogallalg Bay Rum go to  http://www.ogallalabayrum.com/​​

To register and make sure you receive information on how to connect to the Friday 15 live chat – click here https://go.unl.edu/friday15registration


Getting Started in Your Business

Guest Blog Post from

Judy Pederson, Owner
2719 Halligan Drive
North Platte NE 69101
1. Listen to the experts. The first thing I did after purchasing Pro Printing and Graphics was find the right people and resources to help me be successful. Start by joining your local Chamber of Commerce or state organizations (UNL Extension, GROW Nebraska) and networking with other entrepreneurs. There are also several different kinds of trade organizations or peer groups, that can help you as well. We are a member of a printing peer group, which includes other printers from all across the United States, that we frequently communicate with for advice and best practices.
2. Hire the right people. Finding the right employees who are as passionate and dedicated as you are is key – and tough! It can be hard to find the talent you need in small communities, but if the person you hire is willing to learn, you can train them to be successful. Make sure your employees can help you succeed, but also enjoy coming to work everyday!
3. Adapt to your customer. Don’t sell what you want; sell what the customer wants to buy! Sometimes we limit ourselves to our ideal business model, but need to transform into what the customer needs instead. When we bought Pro Printing & Graphics, it was strictly a printing company. Since then, we have added website and marketing services, large format and digital printing, and more! 
At the end of the day, there are no right or wrong answers on how to get your business started. Over the past four years, we have found success through getting help and advice from peers, working with quality employees, and changing our business model to meet our customers’ needs. Hopefully we can continue on to many more! 
If you missed Judy’s Power of Business Live Chat – you can listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka6Mk1DDVkg