February 22-24, 2016 | Grand Island, Nebraska


This year the annual MarketPlace Nebraska is merging with the Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop to create a stronger networking opportunity. In previous years, the MarketPlace Nebraska was hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs to energize and connect entrepreneurs, small business owners, service providers and communities. The 2016 Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism workshop will provide those people and more, including, community leaders, landowners, farmers and ranchers, with information on how to establish, finance, market and grow businesses based on agri/eco-tourism and small business partnerships. Participants will come away with fresh marketing ideas, greater financial opportunity and numerous new contacts.

The workshop will kick off with educational B2B tours on Monday. Tuesday’s sessions and events will be at the Raising Nebraska Exhibit in the Nebraska Building on the State Fairgrounds, where all types of breakout sessions will take place, giving folks a chance to learn from a variety of industry professionals and gather information from the Resource MarketPlace. Tuesday night, the Taste and Feel of Nebraska event will give attendees the opportunity to network while sampling local products. Explore the potential for cross-marketing partnerships with others! The workshop will wrap-up with Wednesday sessions at the Grand Theatre in downtown Grand Island.

If you would like to have an exhibit booth or space to showcase your Nebraska foods, beverages, or local made products, contact Karen Kollars at 308-249-3220 or

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The workshop registration fee covers materials, the Taste & Feel of Nebraska event, meals and breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. It does not include lodging or the Monday B2B Tours and meal. Your workshop name badge will be your ticket to all functions. Registration fees are listed on the registration form. You may also register online with a credit card at http:/ A 5.5% processing fee is required for all online payments.


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Midtown Holiday Inn (2503 S. Locust St.) in Grand Island until January 31, 2016. Call 308-384-1330 and ask for the Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism block to secure your special room rate of $87.95 (plus tax).