Turbine Interactive Chosen for Gallup Mentorship Program to Develop Nebraska Entrepreneurs

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Program offers behavioral economics training previously available only to larger established companies.

Jason Petersen, Principal and Partner, Turbine Interactive

"Young companies like ours do not always have the benefit of elite programs like this to help launch them to the next level of success. We know we are very fortunate to be working with both Gallup and Jason Ball to catapult us into the future."

Turbine Interactive, a Nebraska-based interactive technology company, was one of 25 Nebraska companies chosen to participate in a new Gallup Organization entrepreneurship development program for smaller companies designed to strengthen Nebraska small businesses and startup enterprises through mentorship. The program, offered by Gallup in partnership with the Nebraska State Department of Economic Development, uses data collection and development of individual natural strengths of company leaders to help small companies increase profit and employment. The program’s services normally are available only to larger companies.

The Gallup entrepreneurship development program consists of two components. The first component involves monthly learning sessions at the Gallup campus in Omaha, Nebraska. A representative from each participating company is paired with a mentor who attends the sessions. The second component involves between two and five hours of one-on-one monthly mentoring. Jason Petersen, co-principal of Turbine Interactive, was paired with mentor Jason Ball of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

"We are honored to receive recognition as a participant for this exceptional opportunity," said Petersen. "Young companies like ours do not always have the benefit of elite programs like this to help launch them to the next level of success. We know we are very fortunate to be working with both Gallup and Jason Ball to catapult us into the future."

According to Ball, the program’s content is centered around Gallup’s popular corporate tools: the Clifton Strengths Finder tool, the Business Growth Survey which measures a company’s development, and the Q12 which measures a person’s engagement in a business.

“We’ll combine these tools with development of an action plan, including a results measurement process that will help Turbine get a new perspective on growth,” Ball said. “The final result for Turbine will be a stronger business foundation, accelerated growth, and a greater likelihood of long-term success.”

The program runs through December 2011, and is provided free to Turbine Interactive and other participating companies. The Greater Omaha Chamber and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources were instrumental in developing the program, which is endorsed by Nebraska’s governor, Dave Heineman.

About Turbine Interactive
Turbine Interactive helps businesses power websites by energizing online brands, using interactive technology, such as websites, social media and mobile phone applications to fuel profitable strategic marketing plans. It is Turbine’s mission to build strong relationships with clients, coaching them through the highly-complex web and technology process, from creating foundational goals to carrying out the smallest details with precision. Turbine Interactive becomes each company's strategic partner for meeting interactive technology needs. The marketing communications firm offers more than 20 years of combined experience to customers in Lincoln, Nebraska. The company is led by principals Jason Petersen and Matt Firestone. For more information, call 402.817.1224 or visit http://thisisturbine.com.

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