Grace University is inviting business people and community leaders to attend its inaugural Business Beyond Business conference to be held Feb. 26 and 27 at the Christian institution’s Omaha campus.
The faith-based conference will focus on how people can use their business skills and knowledge to help needy communities become self-sustaining.
“Rather than giving out meals and handouts, the conference focuses on showing how business people can take a long term approach in a community that leads to job development and enterprise,” said Todd Conkright, director of the university’s business and technology program.
The Business Beyond Business conference, which costs $25 per person, also aims to help business people partner with local development agencies, such as the Hope Center for Kids, a nonprofit organization that provides job skills and educational services to children and youth in North Omaha.
“Part of our goal is to build a network of like-minded people,” Conkright said.
The event’s keynote speaker will be independent filmmaker Mark Weber, an activist with PovertyCure. The nonprofit group fosters entrepreneurship and economic enterprise around the world.
The conference includes a dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m., Feb. 26. The auction benefits Grace University’s Jobs-As-Mission study abroad team. The event concludes Feb. 27 with “an inspirational” breakfast meeting. For more information go to www.graceuniversity.edu/bbb/