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    Last month Dusty and the SPN crew hosted their annual Big Omaha conference, now part of the Big Conference Series.  They hold three events a year (in KC, Des Moines, and Omaha) showcasing some of the creative entrepreneurial talent locally and nationally.  I wrote a little about why I love Big Omaha so much in one of my weekly pregnancy updates and want to just say that I’m so very proud of what my husband does and all of the things he believes in.  We both care deeply about Omaha (and surrounding communities) and I feel so lucky to be a part of such a fun event.  Of course, one of the funnest parts of the conference is that they have a photo booth at the actual conference and then have booths set up at the parties they hold each night.  You can also check out my posts on the past four Big Omaha events here.

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  • Big Omaha 2012

    May 10, 2012

    We celebrated Big Omaha’s fourth year and I can’t believe how successful it was.  I love being a part of this great event and everything else that Dusty and the rest of the SPN group does.  Here are a few pictures from the three day event.


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  • In May Dusty helped host Silicon Prairie News’ Big Omaha Conference. It was another huge success and here are some pictures from the three day event.

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  • Big Omaha 2010

    May 12, 2010

    This is year two for Big Omaha and it was a huge success.  Dusty and the Silicon Prairie News crew worked year-round to prepare for the event.  This year the event brought together 500+ entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives to hear a dozen nationally-recognized speakers of the like. The goal of the event is to inspire attendees to follow their passions, build the businesses they love and strengthen their creative communities.

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  • As some of you know, Dusty helped start a website called Silicon Prairie News. As the website says,

    Silicon Prairie News is dedicated to providing news and information about Omaha, and the region’s, creative class. This includes, but isn’t limited to: entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, artists, visionaries and creatives. In short, those looking to make our region an even better place to live and work! Knowing that our area is filled with insanely talented and passionate individuals, we are playing a role to highlight and connect these groups with one another. 

    One of the big things that they worked on this past year was to host a conference in Omaha for over 400 people. Big Omaha was a lot of work for Dusty and the rest of the crew but it’s gotten really big reviews and they’re planning to host the event again this summer. Here’s what the website says about the event.

    What happens when the country’s foremost creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators descend on one place? That place explodes. Which is precisely what we plan for Omaha. The energy will be impossible to contain. We will begin building communities, companies and friendships. We will inspire new thoughts and completely new ways of thinking. We will develop visions: personal, shared, and civic. Speakers will come from some of the most innovative companies in the nation. And you’ll hear fantastic stories from numerous emerging businesses. In the end, you’ll take away a network and an energy that will propel those new connections to greatness. For you. For your business. For your community. Come to the heart of the Midwest. And let’s rebuild this country from the inside out.

    Some of our family members were nice enough to come and help out with the event.  Dusty’s mom, Jane, worked all day directing all of the volunteers and helping make sure everything ran smoothly.  Dusty’s sister, Sara, helped with the planning of the event and worked on the day of the event, making sure everyone stayed happy.  My mom, Suzane, even pitched in, bringing us some much needed ice for all of the soda and water the participants were drinking.

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    Photos courtesy of Malone and Company

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