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2814_a5f2fbb0ae_small September 9, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

What is Prairie Moves? – Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development, and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please … read more

September 9, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 69th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions from Phenomblue and Power Protection Products in Omaha and Simpson College in Indianola … read more

2821_03f7a8bca1_small September 9, 2011 by John T. Meyer

If you haven't heard already, the coworking phenomenon is spreading across the country. Right here on Silicon Prairie News we've covered CAMP in Omaha, The Foundry in Des Moines, Meso in Sioux Falls and most recently Vault Coworking in Cedar Rapids. It seems if you're an entrepreneur, why would you work anywhere else? But what these spaces really come down to is great people … read more

2819_43c9c641bc_small September 8, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Ames If the team at Shoplr has its way, people won't venture anywhere without scanning their radar — not for ominous storm fronts or looming low-pressure systems, but for deals. Shoplr, which derives its name from "shopping" and "Doppler" (as in the weather-tracking radar) is a mobile application for discovering real-time offers from local businesses. … read more

2818_be3fc30ff9_small September 8, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Lest entrepreneurs toiling away on nascent ventures begin to lose hope or start to doubt the importance of their undertakings, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today supplied a nice dose of motivation — and reminder of the importance of entrepreneurs — in the form of a three-minute video. Sure, the video is intended less as a motivational tool and more an educational piece to promote the Startup Act, a proposal the Kauffman Foundation unveiled in July that's designed to jump-start the U.S. economy and increase job creation by accelerating the growth of startups. The video's release today comes on the heels of a U.S. Department of Labor … read more

2817_d2d07a186e_small September 8, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Pella Location, location, location. The age-old adage in the real estate industry suggests it's a business all about the "L" word. But Josh Cowman and Jon Kettler know there's plenty more to it than that: timing, too, plays an important part in the buying and selling of homes. "We know," Cowman said in his Dream Big Grow Here pitch video, "that even though we’re ready to buy a home, maybe the right home isn’t on the market at the right time." It's with that in mind that Cowman and Kettler started Skowty … read more

2815_46f82af7ac_small September 7, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha It's been less than one month since the launch of Verizon 4G LTE in the Omaha metro and it's time to explore what the means for the speed of business. On Tuesday, September 20, we're bringing together … read more

2812_0bc1e1b1de_small September 7, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha As a key player in the launch of Omaha Steaks' first website and a longtime ecommerce expert at America Online, Jim Simon is no stranger to web success stories. But that the foundation for Simon's most recent web-based business venture — old photos and home movies — has fueled a startup that's rapidly … read more

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