SPN In-Depth

(k)AIM_Chip_Black_200x168

Hybrid85 passes profits onto farmers

By Henry Nunn / March 4, 2020

At the very top of the Nebraska State Capitol building stands a 32-foot tall bronze statue of the Sower, a figure representing agriculture’s vital role in the development of modern civilization. Maybe it wasn’t the best fit for the state license plate, but the Sower is an undeniable symbol of Nebraska. According to the Nebraska…

Read More

Send in the Clowns: An Experiment in Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To an extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with the term “offshoring.” Outsourcing—contracting with an external entity to complete work that could be done internally—sometimes gets conflated with offshoring, the practice of moving corporate operations to a different country to capitalize on cheaper labor. …

Read More

Special Series Wrap Up & Thoughts: ‘Talent and Innovation Initiative’

By Danny Schreiber / February 11, 2011

In this four-part series, Tom Chapman, director of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, broke down four bills that are a part of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s “Talent and Innovation Initiative.”

Here’s a run down of the bills and links to the posts:

LB 386: Nebraska Internship Bill – Special Series Post,
LB 387: Business Innovation Act – Special Series Post,
LB 388…

Read More

Special Series: ‘Talent and Innovation Initiative’ – Angel Tax Credit Act

By Danny Schreiber / February 8, 2011

(Editor’s Note: In this four-part series, Tom Chapman breaks down four bills that are a part of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s “Talent and Innovation Initiative.”) The new Nebraska Angel Investment Tax Credit Act would create Nebraska’s first angel investment tax credit for investments of more than $25,000 for qualified individuals and $50,000 for qualified funds. Under the act, the investor (whether individual or fund) and the company receiving…

Read More

Special Series: ‘Talent and Innovation Initiative’ – Site & Building Dev. Act

By Danny Schreiber / February 7, 2011

(Editor’s Note: In this four-part series, Tom Chapman breaks down four bills that are a part of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s “Talent and Innovation Initiative.”) This bill will set aside $3 million for the development of industrial, business and commercial sites. It allows for numerous uses of the money including demolition, infrastructure, construction and renovation/rehabilitation…

Read More

Special Series: ‘Talent and Innovation Initiative’ – Business Innovation Act

By Danny Schreiber / February 3, 2011

(Editor’s Note: In this four-part series, Tom Chapman breaks down four bills that are a part of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s “Talent and Innovation Initiative.”) The purpose of LB 387 is to encourage and support the transfer of technology and innovation to create high growth, high tech companies in the state. There are essentially six parts to this bill.

First, the bill would create an Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 0 program.

Read More

Special Series: ‘Talent and Innovation Initiative’ – Internship Bill

By Danny Schreiber / February 2, 2011

(Editor’s Note: In this four-part series, Tom Chapman breaks down four bills that are a part of Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman’s “Talent and Innovation Initiative.”) The Nebraska Internship Bill provides a matching grant to private, for-profit employers who add internship jobs that did not exist prior to the program. The goal of the program is to keep students in and from Nebraska in the state working for…

Read More

SPN In-Depth: The fate of Midwest game development

By Adam Templeton / December 27, 2009

Video games have come a long way in the past three decades.

They’ve gone from austere collections of pixels and 8-bit sound effects to a widely recognized artistic medium proudly standing toe-to-toe (and sometimes beating out) the film and music industries. Around the United States, local governments have taken notice of video games’ profit potential, handing out incentives for new studios like candy on Halloween…

Read More