Registration open for Small Giants Conference

December 1, 2015

Lincoln, Neb. —Aspiring entrepreneurs and members of the greater Midwest business community are encouraged to attend the Small Giants Conference on Feb. 17, 2016. The conference is hosted by the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Vivayic.

While many businesses today are driven by getting bigger, Small Giants is a global membership organization focused on the promotion, implementation and advancement of running a successful values-driven business. In the book "Small Giants: Companies That Choose to be Great Instead of Big," author Bo Burlington observed a set of six common characteristics in the unique and inspiring companies he was examining. The ideas discovered in the book will shape the conference.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other values-driven business leaders, learn what it means to be a great and not just big company, and participate with inspirational and acclaimed business leaders. 

"The 'Small Giants' concept is a natural fit with our program as the Engler Entrepreneurs are driven by the desire to create companies that not only make them a living, but more importantly a life worth living," said Tom Field, director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. "Many of our students have an intense desire to have their ventures impact their neighborhoods and communities in meaningful ways, so the trail blazed by 'Small Giants' is a model worth following.” 

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Champions Club, 707 Stadium Drive in Lincoln. The cost to attend is $40 for students and $80 for business leaders. To register, visit http://research.unl.edu/events/event.php?eventID=1802. Registration is required by Feb. 12. 

Vivayic is a learning solutions design agency specializing in creating results through better strategy, design and the delivery of learning efforts. 

The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program is designed to empower enterprise builders. The program identifies students with entrepreneurial drive and then fosters development of professional skills conducive to success in applying entrepreneurism in agriculture and agribusiness. About 100 UNL students participate in the program.

For more information about the Small Giants Conference or the Engler program, contact Tom Field at 402-472-5643 or tfield2@unl.edu.

Tom Field
Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
402-472-5643
tfield2@unl.edu