Why I Fell In Love With Big Omaha

by Tim Jahn on March 31, 2011

Big OmahaLast year, I attended the Big Omaha conference in Omaha, NE.  I’ll admit – at first, I couldn’t believe Omaha had conferences.  I’m from Chicago, so I’m a lifelong Midwesterner, but Nebraska? Really?

Boy was I wrong.  Big Omaha is hands down the best entrepreneur conference I’ve ever experienced.  Why? Many reasons:

  • The people – Big Omaha attracts an amazing group of creators, entrepreneurs, and true innovators, both in the attendees and the speakers.  People that are doing amazing work.  From Jason Fried, Scott Harrison and Melody McCloskey last year to Gary Vaynerchuk, Ben Huh and more this year.
  • The environment and size – If you’re looking for a gigantic 25,000 person conference spread out over 12 square city blocks with thousands of sessions, multiple tracks of panels, and dozens of parties, then Big Omaha isn’t for you.  Big Omaha has around 500 attendees, 1 track of speakers, sit down lunches, and organized parties each night.  The conference is intimate and energetic at the same time, allowing you to truly get to know everybody there, and build real relationships.
  • The attention to detail – Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson, the organizers of Big Omaha, put on an amazing event because of their attention to detail, as evidenced by the Fruit RollUps, Starbursts, Jolly Ranchers, and other fun snacks at the snack tables.  All the venues for lunch, parties, and the main venue are within walking distance of one another, basically across the street from each other. From the venue itself to the layout of the main room, everything is carefully planned to make your experience awesome.
  • The content – This isn’t a conference of fluff.  Watch this video of Scott Harrison sharing his charity: water story and you will be moved to tears (in a good way).  This is a conference about people doing great work and creating amazing businesses and projects.  Real stories and real results.

I hope to see you there.  If you’re going, leave a comment here and let’s meet up in Omaha. You’re going to love it!

(photo by Malone & Company)

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