Win Up To $10,000 In Prizes

Cox Business is bringing Get Started Omaha (#GetStartedOmaha) back to the greater metro area on Thursday, May 4th, 2017.

Get Started Omaha will feature entrepreneurs who will pitch their business to a distinguished panel of experts for a chance to win $10,000 in prizes – $7,500 cash and a $2,500 Cox Media package.

Pitch submissions for this event are now closed -Finalists will be announced shortly.

Not competing in the event? Please join us for an amazing evening of networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in early stage investment, digital marketing, and business growth strategy.

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The evening will include:

  • A pitch competition with expert feedback from our distinguished panel of judges.
  • A panel discussion, including audience Q&A, geared towards small business owners and start-ups
  • Complimentary cocktails & networking reception – before and after the competition
  • Complimentary Valet Parking

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm

WHERE: The Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Omaha 68102

Omaha’s newest chic space for creative events across from TD Ameritrade Ballpark.

Meet The Get Started Omaha Moderator

kenKen Kraft

Ken Kraft is Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales Operations for Cox Business, Cox Communications’ $2 billion division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses.   He is responsible for the overall marketing strategy, as well as tactical execution of marketing plans to drive revenue growth and customer retention and oversees SMB Marketing, Enterprise Marketing, Marketing Operations, Pricing, Sales Operations and Creative Services for Cox Business.  This includes customer segmentation, brand strategy/positioning, product marketing and support, pricing, digital marketing, social media, customer education and events/sponsorships.

He leads a nationwide team tasked with the creation and implementation of marketing strategies and campaigns to further accelerate top line revenue growth and customer retention within Cox Business. His leadership in the industry was recognized this year with a TAMI Award for Leadership in Business Services across the MSO community.


Meet The Get Started Omaha Panelists

James Ledbetter, Editor, Inc. magazine and

James Ledbetter, before joining Inc., was the Opinion Editor of Reuters. He was the founding editor of Slate’s financial site The Big Money, deputy managing editor of CNN Money, and has published five books.


Nancy Williams, CEO, No More Empty Pots

Nancy Williams has engaged in agriculture since elementary school. Her family raised most of the produce they consumed; at one time maintaining as many as six gardens. In addition to achieving success with FFA competition teams, Nancy earned scholarships to study Horticulture. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Louisiana State University then completed coursework for a Master of Science degree in Weed Science with a minor in Plant Pathology at Cornell University.

Nancy has diverse experiences in agriculture, from serving as an agronomist for local farmers and consultants in a Fortune 500 corporation to grassroots organizing and management for nonprofit community organizations. For 14 years, she served in an IT leadership role, most recently as Chief Information Officer with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Omaha where she led award winning programs, increased technology integration and supported improved organizational outcomes.

John Beadle, Global Director of Startup Weekend, Techstars
John works tirelessly to support early stage entrepreneurs through community driven events at Techstars. Currently, the global director of Startup Weekend, proudly sponsored by COX Business in Omaha. Techstars Startup Weekend organizers are changing the world: 4,500 events, 147 countries (that’s more than Starbucks), 180,000 attendees – and counting.

He’s most excited by customer interviews, analytics, and good design. Some might say he has a degree is in problem solving.

Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs


Ann Handley is a Wall Street Journal best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the world’s first Chief Content Officer.

Ann speaks and writes about how you can rethink the way your business markets. Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in Social Media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers, Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, a training and education company with the largest community of marketers in its category.

She was a long time monthly columnist for Entrepreneur magazine, is a member of the LinkedIn Influencer program , and the co-author of the best-selling book on content marketing, Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (Wiley, originally published 2011. Paperback 2012.) The book has been translated into nine languages, including Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese. Her most recent book, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content (Wiley, 2014) is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Get Started Omaha Sponsors





You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of Omaha who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business serviceable area. Entry Period begins March 24, 2017. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Contest subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of Official rules click here. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started” Winners List, Marketing Department, Cox Communications, Inc., 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 6305 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. (c) 2017 Cox Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.