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SCORE Nebraska District Director Receives Honor
Nebraska Ag Connection - 09/08/2017

At the SCORE National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Ken Yancey, SCORE CEO, presented the 2017 Outstanding District Director Award to Gene D. Knapp. Knapp has been the Nebraska SCORE District Director for 10 years and has consistently supported the NE SCORE chapters in Omaha, Lincoln, Columbus, Norfolk, and central NE with volunteers in Beatrice, Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney, Lexington, and Scottsbluff.

This award recognized the NE District which is one of 70 districts nationwide.

"I am pleased to accept this award and want to recognize all the NE volunteers' work that has resulted in the growth of total services SCORE has provided to entrepreneurs." Knapp stated.

He also noted the Greater Omaha and Lincoln SCORE chapters were recognized for their more than 20% year-over-year growth in total services provided to NE entrepreneurs. The Greater Omaha, Lincoln, and Columbus chapters were recognized as Platinum ranked chapters. These chapters are part of the 320 US chapters that rank the highest in metrics of growth in services, support of job creation, and support to their communities. "As the district director for these chapters I am pleased to recognize their contributions to the support of entrepreneurs in Nebraska." stated Knapp.

The conference was attended by over 500 SCORE leaders from all states. Linda McMahon, SBA administrator, was the keynote speaker and gave a very motivational presentation on the importance of entrepreneurship to the US economy and SCORE's role in their successes.

Leon Milobar, Nebraska District Director of the SBA said "SCORE has achieved some amazing results this last year due to the strong leadership from Gene Knapp. This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of entrepreneurs utilizing their services. This coordinated effort amongst the resource partners to offer programs and services has led to new program content and an increase in attendance to our events."

SCORE is a national, all volunteer, not for profit resource partner of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) that provides no cost mentoring and workshop training to entrepreneurs starting a business and ongoing small businesses to grow and prosper. NE SCORE works very closely with the NE SBA and other SBA partners and community partners.

Entrepreneurs interested in SCORE's services or individuals interested in being a SCORE volunteer, may contact SCORE at 402-221-3606, score@scoreomaha.org, or www.score.org.

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