Five Things I’ve Learned about Business by Spending Two Weeks in Nebraska

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In case geography isn’t your strong suit, Nebraska is a state located in the middle of the US. It’s east of Wyoming, west of Iowa and south of South Dakota It’s known for corn,pigs, soybeans farms and football. Cornhusker stadium (football stadium) becomes the third largest city in the state when it’s full of fan for a home game. I’m not kidding....it’s true and we’re proud of it.

I’m back in Nebraska to see my Mom. Coming back to my home state is always good for my soul. It helps me remember where my roots are. Most of Nebraska is rural...populated with family farms..feeder lots, dairy cattle and fields of corn and soybeans for as far as the eye can see. At night, the sky puts on a star display where you can actually see the big dipper and the north star.

One of my assignments (you know how Mom’s are....) is grocery shopping. Shopping in a small town take you back to an era of family-owned stores and friendly checkers. They knew my Father when he owned the local pharmacy and went to school with my brothers and sister. They also provide a personal touch to their customer service because they appreciate your business and you to come back....what a concept, huh?

As I look back on the two weeks I spent in Nebraska, here are five things I’ve learned:

The midwestern work ethic makes us better employees and business people because of our belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and it’s inherent ability to strengthen character.-

We know BS when we see it, hear it, smell it

We’re used to a unicameral-style government....so they know how to compromise for the good of all.

We understand change and know how to deal with it quickly because the changing seasons remind us daily that “it’s only temporary”.

We believe in honesty and character so we build our companies with people who have the same values and principles.

Here are additional Nebraska facts:
Spam is produced in Fremont, NE;
Nebraska has more miles of river than any other state;
Nebraska is both the nation's largest producer and user of center pivot irrigation;
Nebraska has more underground water reserves than any other state in the continental U.S.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln weight room is the largest in the country. It covers three-fourths of an acre;
In 1927, Edwin E. Perkins of Hastings invented the powered soft drink Kool-Aid.

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