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Learn to develop a thriving business on shoestring budget

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Learn to develop a thriving business on shoestring budget

Pre-workshop session to offer tour of agri-tourism business


LINCOLN, NEB. (Jan. 5, 2012) — If you’ve ever considered entering the agri/eco-tourism field, don’t miss the 2012 Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop or the pre-workshop bonus session.


The Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop, hosted by the Department of Economic Development’s Travel & Tourism Division, will be Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte.


This year, attendees can participate in a pre-workshop bonus tour to Heavenly Creations in Stapleton that will focus on developing a successful agri-tourism business on a shoestring budget.


Heavenly Creations owner Katrina Frey grew up helping her mother and grandmother pick chokecherries. Carrying on a family tradition of passion for wholesome products, Frey started an in-home business creating all-natural gourmet jams and jellies. She nurtured her company, eventually growing it into a store-front venture. During the tour, Frey will share information about best practices in marketing and social media as well as her partnerships with producers and GROW Nebraska.


Free transportation will be provided for the tour, and vans will leave the Quality Inn & Suites/Sandhills Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Participants must reserve a spot to participate in the tour.


To register or learn more about the 2012 Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop, go to Be sure to check the box that says, “I would like to attend the Pre-Workshop Bonus Session Tour at Heavenly Creations.” Registration before Jan. 20 is just $75. Late registration will be $90.


A special conference hotel rate is available until Jan. 16.  Reservations can be made by calling 308-532-9090. Be sure to mention you are attending the Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop when making reservations.

Nebraska Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop Resources Available Online

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Karen Kollars at 800-228-4307, 308-249-3220, or

Tom Tabor at 800-228-4307, 402-471-7755, or



Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop Resources Available Online

LINCOLN, NEB. (April 5, 2011) —The recent 2011 Governor’s Agri/Eco-Tourism Workshop offered participants fresh marketing ideas, new industry knowledge, insight on financial opportunities, networking opportunities and suggestions on how to get the most out of your land.


Several workshop participants were willing to share handouts and Power Point presentations, which the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s Travel & Tourism Division has made available online.


Links to the resources can be found at


Information is available online from the following sessions:


  • Changing Lens’, Changing Focus
  • Pass the Binoculars
  • I’ve Seen the Birds, So Now What Can I Do?
  • Connecting with the Media
  • How to Do Your Own Feasibility Study
  • What Flew and What Flopped
  • The Economics of Conservation


The industry section of the VisitNebraska site ( also offers tourism professionals valuable information about the state, tourism events, important contacts, and much more.

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