The Fremont Creative Collective, in partnership with Midland University, is bringing a variety of local leaders and business owners together to talk about how a city can create a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The event is Creative Collective’s third annual entrepreneurship conference on November 10th on the campus of Midland University, which will focus on local economic ecosystems.
“In the past it has always been geared toward general entrepreneurship, but this year we have a theme that we are encouraging all of our speakers to speak about and that is an ecosystem,” Brock Ellis, Tech Education Director at Fremont Creative Collective, said. “How can Fremont develop an ecosystem that is attractive and helps small businesses and start-ups not only exist but flourish?”
The conference, which was previously called the May Day Event and was held in the May Brothers Building, has shifted focus and with the partnership with Midland University aims to get students involved in the entrepreneurial process.
“The event was held in May and we really wanted to shift our focus on to students and so we got a big partnership with Midland University this year,” Ellis said. “With that partnership we kind of realized May is a terrible time to have an event for students because they are getting ready to graduation and dealing with finals. So we switched to to the fall and are having it on campus to make it as accessible as possible for them to join in the talks.”
The conference will feature a variety of speakers throughout the day and will begin at 9:30 a.m. with speaker Catherine Lang who is the State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, before breaking out into four hour long individual sessions from 10-11 a.m.
The breakout session will feature four local speakers who will all touch on different topics surrounding starting and running a business.
The speakers will include Corey Ruzicka who is Director of Learning at Sycamore Education; Steve Navarette who is a partner at Shaw, Hull, & Navarette; Connie Kreikemeier Executive Director of Personal & Career Development Center at Midland; and Glenn Ellis who is the founder of Sycamore Education and the Fremont Creative Collective.
Following the breakout sessions, speakers will continue throughout the day until 3 p.m., which will lead into a speaker panel to close out the conference.
One of the speakers Ellis is excited about is Rebecca Stavick who is the executive director of Do Space in Omaha.
“Do Space in Omaha is a technology library, and it’s a really, really cool innovative space,” he said. “She is a huge advocate for tech education and literacy and community building in general, so she knows probably better than anyone else in the region how to build a community that embraces technology and empowers people to do things they couldn’t do before.”
The conference is completely free and open to the public, and includes a free lunch with online registration. Registration, a map of the speaking venues on Midland’s campus, and a full list of speakers at the conference can be found at www.fremontcreativecollective.org/forward-fremont.