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2006.11.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Professor Receives "Entrepreneurship 101 Award"

Omaha - Rachel Wilson, an assistant professor of marketing and management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), is the recipient of the “Entrepreneurship 101 Award.” She was recognized for her leadership and creativity in bringing entrepreneurship education to the school environment at the 24th annual Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (CEE) FORUM, held Nov. 3-7 in Phoenix. The award also included a full scholarship for Wilson to attend the event.

Wilson received the honor for her work with the 2006 Maverick High School Entrepreneurship Institute, which was held at the UNO College of Business Administration last summer. The summer institute for rising high school seniors was promoted across the state of Nebraska and taught students commercialization, budgeting, human resource planning and strategic positioning skills. The students used these skills to develop their own business concepts into feasible ideas over the week-long program.

A grant by First National Bank of Omaha allowed the Entrepreneurship Institute program to be extended to a residential setting overnight, exposing students to campus life at UNO. Ryan Hunter, a teacher with Omaha Public Schools, was instrumental in recruiting students from the local market to attend the institute and also served as an overnight advisor.

The CEE is a national membership association of 85 organizations that advocate entrepreneurship education as a lifelong learning process and provide programs for youth and adults. The conference in Phoenix brought more than 350 teachers together to share program ideas and establish nationwide networks. Another priority of the 2006 conference was to plan for EntrepreneurshipWeek USA, set for Feb. 24-March 3, 2007.

In recognition of the need for teachers to have the opportunities for professional development in teaching entrepreneurship, 110 teacher scholarships costing $70,000 were sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Coleman Foundation, Verdict Systems, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, Mark-ED/Career Paths, DECA Inc., FBLA-PBL, Business Professionals of America, NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation, CFED-REAL, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Ohio Council on Economic Education, College of Entrepreneurship - Phoenix, Phoenix Area Planning Committee and the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education.

For more information, call (402) 554-3332.

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