2022 Agenda

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Training

Gary Bren of Turner Technology

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Break to travel to the after party

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VIP Party at McCue’s Taproom

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.


8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Recognitions

Janell Anderson Ehrke, GROW Nebraska Founder & CEO

Stan Clouse, Mayor of Kearney

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote – Market In Moments

Maria Elena Duron of KLI Brand

Maria Elena Duron is a digital marketing professional with over 18 years of experience. She works to ensure that businesses understand their ideal customer and how to succeed online. Maria helps both small and large businesses recognize where their customers spend time, how they make decisions, and how to identify best practices for customer conversions. She has over a dozen years of experience in international eCommerce, and has been highly recognized by the state of Texas and by the Grow with Google Program.

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break – Connect With Future Partners

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Click. Edit. Sell! Capture Your Creativity!

Clarissa Feldman former GROW Nebraska Product Marketing Specialist and Owner of Setting D Ranch LLC  &

Alyssa Wyant of Pen & Post 

From Small-Box to Big-Box: Entering, Navigating and Maintaining Relationships with Retailers

Darcy Landis of Whole Foods & 
Marty Jarvis of Russ’s B&R

How to Become an Email Guru: E-mail Marketing that Creates Conversions

Renee Sobotka of True North Technologies

From Fear to Focus: All That Matters Is Profit

Cory Morris of Morris Better Bookkeeping

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break – Connect With Future Partners

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

The Secret Sauce to Social Media Content and Planning 

Adam Kroft of RedThread

Digital Advertising for Your Business: The Basics

David Lano of Control Yours

Simple Selling on Third-Party Sites: Navigating Amazon as a Seller

Wesley Gizel of Hometown Industries

SourceLink Nebraska: Find the Right Resource at the Right Time

Scott Asmus of SourceLink Nebraska

11:45 a.m – 12:15 p.m.


11:50 a.m – 12:00 p.m.

Tourism and Business

John Ricks of Nebraska Tourism Commission

12:00 p.m – 12:30 p.m.

Russ’s B&R Presents: Best Nebraska Local Product Award

Marty Jarvis of Russ’s B&R

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

All Big Businesses Start Out Small – A Panel Discussion

Tanna Hanna of Allo

Marty Jarvis of Russ’s B&R

Donald R. Everett Jr. of Runza® National, Inc.

Ray Ward of Ward Laboratories, Inc.

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Networking Break – Connect With Future Partners


1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Get Local: Navigating Google Search and Maps – Hands on Session

 Maria Elena Duron of KLI Brand

Everything you Need to Know About Building a Successful Brand

Katlynn Pyatt of Authentic Branding & Marketing

Marketing Trends you Need to Know and Embrace

Kiersten Hill of Firespring

Resource Roundtable: An Open Conversation with the Experts

Chuck Beck of Nebraska Business Development Center

Kelly Wells Gewecke of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Jim Reiff of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Brian Cox of Rural Prosperity

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking Break – Connect With Future Partners

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Learn to Create Great Social Video that Builds a Following

Martin Hobelman of Maverick Marketing 

Your Brand is your Business Card: What your Brand is Really Saying

Lori Cody of Inspirata, LLC

Navigating a Post-Pandemic Marketplace

Jeff Dickman with Andy Campbell of Pellasota, LLC


Ways To Save Money, Tips and Tricks, New Products & Services USPS Offers
Jon Zvolanek of USPS

Small Businesses that Make a BIG Impact 

Kayla Pfister of Nebraska Star Beef, Clarissa Feldman former GROW Nebraska Product Marketing Specialist and Owner of Setting D Ranch LLC 

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Connections That Convert

Maria Elena Duron of KLI Brand

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Janell Anderson Ehrke, GROW Nebraska Founder & CEO