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More than 100 people are expected to make their way to Gage County next week after Beatrice was selected to host an annual entrepreneurial conference.

The Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday.

NGage marketing coordinator Erin Chadwick said this is the third year for the event, which was previously held in McCook and Hastings.

“Now we have the pleasure to host some colleagues from around the state and nation for this conference here in Beatrice,” she said. “Nebraska Extension puts this on and works with local partners to bring in speakers. We’ve got 30 different breakout sessions on a variety of different topics like creating a vibrant downtown, diversifying the economy and other things.”

Beatrice was announced as the site of the conference last July.

According to the conference’s website, the 2018 conference featured representation from six states and most regions of Nebraska, with attendees spending nearly $10,000 at local businesses.

Angie Bruna, Director of the Beatrice Area Chamber of Commerce, said the conference is the culmination of several local groups working together, and added there will be a reception at Homestead National Monument of America on Wednesday to highlight the National Park Service site to those in attendance.

“There’s always an evening reception with the conference and we thought what better opportunity to showcase one of our best, biggest attractions here in Gage County?” she said. “There’s also opportunities for the attendees to get out and about in the community, too. It’s a great opportunity for the attendees to learn more about the great things happening in Beatrice.”

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