2 UNK profs share grant bounty with rural small businesses

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Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00 am

KEARNEY, Neb. — Two small- business owners will receive a cash injection of $2,500 to help with marketing, thanks to the creativity of two University of Nebraska at Kearney professors and their students.

Last year Marc Albrecht, associate professor in the biology department, and Kaye Sorenson, senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics, each received $2,500 teaching engagement grants from the Rural Future Institute.

Albrecht and Sorenson decided to use the grants to provide seed money to small rural businesses. The professors then challenged their students to seek out small-business owners and work with them to create and submit proposals.

“We were curious if students from small towns would know about economic opportunities,” Albrecht said. “We thought it would be an interesting way to bring up the rural world and rural problems to students at UNK, many who are from rural areas.”

The winning proposals will be awarded today at the Rural Futures Institute’s annual conference in Lincoln.

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