Omaha wants to spread its status as the “Silicon Prairie.”
Start-up costs, as well as the cost of living, are lower in Omaha compared to other U.S. cities.
David Arnold managing director of Straight Shot said: “On top of that, there’s great institutional support for entrepreneurs”.
In addition, the Omaha Small Business Network assists entrepreneurs in economically poor districts that are in need of working capital.
According to Arnold the presence of Fortune 500 companies such as ConAgra, Berkshire Hathaway, and Union Pacific Railroad has also created a robust network of mentors,
“And many top talents at these companies are jumping ship and starting their own companies.”
How is Omaha different from other cities for entrepreneurs?
The work ethic in Omaha is really hard. I think you’ll find it’s something that’s baked in over the last century or so. In general, Nebraskans are very much a hard-working group. So when there is a team of people that get together with an idea, they will work hard for very little.
It’s kind of creating an entrepreneurial revival if you will. There’s access to a lot of smart people that are extremely hard working. For example, at Hay Needle, we’ve hired something like 350 people.
Both coming out of undergrad, but also coming out of experienced companies like Union Pacific, and First Data, some really talented programming. Both front end and back end. The talent, in a way, is kind of cooped up. They want to jump out and start their own thing.
What makes Omaha a great place for startups?
Mark Hasebroock: Omaha has got a really exciting young dynamic culture that’s starting to embrace starting their own businesses. It’s a laid-back way of life. It’s really easy to live in Omaha. The cost of living is very low. We don’t have great big booms. We don’t have many busts. It just kind of floats along under the radar.
Where is there more capacity, in engineering, sales, or other areas?
Omaha has been, a call center environment from the 1960s and 1970s up through the early 2000s, because of Strategic Air Command putting big pipes in the city. Call centers are almost everywhere; West Telemarketing, as well as in-bound out-bound type stuff. So you had this infrastructure for customer service. If you wanted to set up a call center environment, there were many people to choose from that were very talented.
Social media plays a great role in our everyday lives. Its influence continues to grow daily. The Nebraska State Patrol is very pleased with social media and how it helps then keep the public updated.
Nebraska State Patrol has been active on social media for the past 6 years. They believe that any message that is sent out through social media can help drivers hold a stronger focus when driving. This is mainly because losing focus while driving is a very common occurrence in this day and time.
Giving the public updates about road conditions and community events through social media sites such as Twitter is very common. The information that is released can be useful to people because they will have a better idea of what is going on in a specific area that they may be traveling to or through. This is much better than calling 511 to get information about road conditions or using a weather app.
During the most current ice storm in Nebraska, there were no fatal accidents. The law enforcement states that the main reason is because of social media.
It is very important for people to know about the conditions they are driving in to and not just take a chance for the best and go.
Being active on social media can also be of benefit to the department and the overall community in many ways. Communication is the key, having a way to engage with a majority of the community helps build a sense of trust. Social media becomes a platform for the community to express its questions and concerns and get their answers. It allows the spread of knowledge and information with almost no effort. This is very beneficial because it can serve as a sense of protection to the community or even help find missing persons and wanted suspects.
The Omaha Home for Boys is getting their baseball field near 50th and Ames renovated. Omaha has demonstrated true commitment hosting the College World Series, and Lowe’s and the NCAA Team Works program has organized renovation as a sign of courtesy.
The goal of the project is to give the children a place to play and create memories they can carry for a lifetime.
The project will renovate things essential to any baseball field, such as base paths and the infield, the dugout and the batting cage. There should be nothing hazardous for children and each of them should have spots where they can keep their helmets and bats. It will also create a feeling that the team has their own place. It will give the kids a sense of comfort that will help them be more confident and willing to show off their skills.
The field is also used by the Omaha Benson and Concordia Lutheran High School, so their teams will also be able to enjoy the renovation results.
The dedication ceremony is scheduled for June 16.