A group in Cheyenne County labeled E3 meets every two weeks with the goal of growing their community.
SIDNEY, Neb. — A Cheyenne County group labeled E3 meets every two weeks with the goal of growing their community.
E3 Group Coordinator Sarah Sinnett said E3 stands for energy, entrepreneurship and ecosystems.
“The goal is really to create a health ecosystem in the community,” Sinnett said.
Sinnett said she started the group about a year ago.
“We started with just four people who were excited about the idea, and now we’ve grown to probably 20 people,” Sinnett said.
E3 is made up of community members who own small businesses, employees of large corporations, and people who have lived in the area most of their lives.
Sinnett said the group spent the first six months learning from successful counties what would work best to keep Cheyenne County engaged.
According to Sinnett, the primary goal of E3 is to keep the community growing by getting more people moving to Sidney, existing businesses thriving, and new businesses opening up.
“You have new people moving here because they appreciate what the community has to offer,” Sinnett said, “We have a great daycare, a great school system, we also have people who are passionate about starting their own company.
Sinnett said the group hosts different community networking events and events to help small businesses.
“The group once held a speed networking event that looked like speed dating,” Sinnett said. “Everyone introduced themselves and spent 5 minutes talking to a stranger, exchanging contact information and finding out about other people in the community.”
Sinnett said the group pays attention to what business owners say they’re struggling the most, so they can help add a network of resources to open up opportunities.
Sinnett said the group’s future goal is to add resource awareness as well as partnerships, a map of all community involvement resources, development of existing programs and a specially designed entrepreneurial coaching guide for success. small businesses.