SCC plans activities for National Entrepreneurship Week

Southeast Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center is planning a number of activities that are open to the public during National Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 21-28. 

Following is a summary of the week’s events.

Tuesday, Feb. 24:

Startup Poker Run in partnership with Ladies Launch Lincoln

5:30-7:45 p.m., SCC Entrepreneurship Center, 285 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln

View some of SCC’s Incubator Alumni start-up offices; hear from business owners; network; enjoy some snacks along the way and have a chance to win prizes at the end. Participants will pick up a playing card at each stop and win prizes for the best hands at the end of the night. The evening begins at the SCC Entrepreneurship Center west parking lot promptly at 5:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided or participants can caravan behind.

Stops are Argyle Octopus Press, 246 S. 16th St. (hear from Team Argyle); Nebraska Air Quality Specialties, 301 S. Ninth St., Suite 200 (hear from owner Piyush Srivastav); Wilshire Business Suites, 4830 Wilshire Blvd. (hear from Kolleen Meyer Krikac, owner of Balanced Life, and Jeanine Bryant, owner of Changing Spaces SRS); and Behavioral Health Resources, 7441 O St., Suite 107 (hear from owner Brenda Rohren). Prizes for the winning poker hand will be distributed at the end of the tour.

Thursday, Feb. 26:

Weekly Open Coffee (and donuts) at SCC’s Entrepreneurship Center

10-11 a.m., 285 S. 68th St. Place, Lincoln

Join Center staff and startups for coffee, enjoy treats sponsored by SCC’s Enactus student group and hear about what’s happening in the Southeast Nebraska Startup Community.

Special guest will be Ali Schwanke, marketer and creative strategist (http://alisonanne.com). Attendees also will get to meet small-business owners and people in the process of starting a business.

The Center holds these informal coffees at 10 a.m. every Thursday on the third floor. Past attendees include small-business owners, startups, staff from the Nebraska Business Development Center, Community Development Resources, GROW Nebraska, Junior Achievement, Nebraska Main Street Network, and SCORE, as well as current and past incubator businesses, representatives from the Lincoln Public Schools Entrepreneurship Focus Program, and Center staff.

Friday, Feb. 27:

Today the Entrepreneurship Center invites the public to its book club, featuring a book written by former Center Director Tim Mittan titled “The Pocket Business Coach: Creating and Enjoying an Entrepreneurial Life.” Mittan also will be presenting a workshop titled “Navigating the Pockets of Chaos.” He also will be signing his book.

The book club takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Center. Attendees are asked to register at:http://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action.

The first 10 people to register will receive a copy of the book. This is an informal discussion group, and anyone interested in talking with other entrepreneurs and sharing insights and stories is welcome.

In his book, Mittan addresses a number of issues, including bumps in entrepreneur’s lives that are usually caused by the pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams. Readers of the book will learn to navigate these bumps and continue on the road to success. The publication takes a unique approach in that “success” is not based just on dollars and cents. The secret is remembering that an entrepreneur also is a person.

Mittan, now the associate director of the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network hosted by Long Beach (Calif.) Community College District, will talk from 2-3 p.m. covering various topics associated with entrepreneurs. Mittan says that although it may not seem like it, the life of an entrepreneur is not a rollercoaster ride. It is a voyage down a winding road with successes and challenges around every curve. Along the journey, all entrepreneurs encounter pockets of chaos that can be navigated successfully to keep them on their path to a fulfilling entrepreneurial life. Overcoming hurdles, like knowing if you are a “Want or a Need,” will go a long way in helping create that much-needed work-life balance.

Attendees are asked to register at: http://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/Conferences.action.

A wrap-up reception will be held from 4:30-6:45 p.m. at Dino’s Eastside Grille, 2901 S. 84th St., Lincoln.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu