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Infotec 2021 virtual conference to feature keynote speaker Mike Smith, co-executive director of Rabble Mill

By SPN Newsroom / May 14, 2021

Life as a tech professional can be hard. Not at Infotec 2021, conference organizers say, previewing a robust virtual digital event experience aimed at helping attendees grow professionally while connecting with other IT and web professionals in the heartland.  After successfully hosting Infotec 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIM…

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Agtech startup Corral Technologies wins Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship’s New Venture Competition

By SPN Newsroom / May 7, 2021

April 13 was a big day for 22-year-old startup founder Jack Keating.  The Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business had wrapped up its New Venture Competition, and Keating took home first prize: a $25,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to assist his new company, Corral Technologies, in…

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Prairie Roots run deep: new virtual conference grows connections in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

By SPN Newsroom / May 4, 2021

Last Friday marked the first-ever Prairie Roots Spring Show, a virtual event showcasing a variety of companies, creative projects and causes in that have survived—and in some cases, thrived—in the Midwest despite a tumultuous year. Created and curated by Scott Henderson, managing director of Lincoln-based NMotion, Prairie Roots gathered 100 business, creative and thought leaders…

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Do remote workers benefit the economies where they live?

By SPN Newsroom / April 28, 2021

This is part two of our series on the opportunities remote work has brought to Midwest tech workers. Read part one here. Nebraska’s workforce has an approximately 50/50 split between occupations that can easily move remote or online, and more hands-on roles, says Josie Schafer, Ph.D., director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs.  The latter…

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Remote work allows more Nebraskans to live local, work coastal

By SPN Newsroom / April 27, 2021

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way millions of Americans work.   But how has the shift to remote work seen in some industries affected the Midwest? For three local tech workers, it’s provided the opportunity for them to work for coastal startups and tech companies while remaining in Omaha.  Researchers such as…

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Kansas City-based program that helps small business owners looking for next cohort

By SPN Newsroom / April 14, 2021

A Kansas City-based program that supports small business owners is accepting applications for its next cohort.  The GROWTH360 program is centered around giving small business owners in the Kansas City metro a 360-degree perspective on their companies, helping them make better business decisions and avoid blind spots. The program is free to accepted entrepreneurs.  Through…

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Free virtual technology summit to connect tech professionals across Iowa

By SPN Newsroom / April 9, 2021

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) will be hosting the Iowa Technology Summit Presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield on May 24-25, 2021.  The summit—a free, two-day virtual conference—aims to educate and connect technology professionals across the state. The summit will feature four themed tracks: cybersecurity and technology innovation on May 24 and…

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Omaha’s FNTS named to list of North America’s top tech providers

By SPN Newsroom / April 2, 2021

An Omaha-based managed service provider and data center has been named to a list honoring North America’s top 250 tech companies, according to a statement released yesterday. The company, FNTS, has joined the CRN Tech Elite 250 List, an annual register of IT solution providers of all sizes in North America that have earned cutting-edge…

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Sioux Falls B2B software integration developer Prismatic launches today

By SPN Newsroom / March 30, 2021

A Sioux Falls-based embedded integration platform developer for B2B software companies announced its general availability launch today. The company, Prismatic, strives to provide an easy-to-use integration platform in an era of increasingly specialized business software usage. A few years ago, Prismatic CEO and co-founder Michael Zuercher noticed a need for B2B software companies to have…

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