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Lincoln entrepreneurs land on Forbes' 'Next 1000' list
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Lincoln entrepreneurs land on Forbes' 'Next 1000' list

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Two Lincoln-based entrepreneurs are among five Nebraskans who have named to Forbes Magazine's "Next 1000" list.

The list was created to showcase America’s “entrepreneurial heroes,” focusing on small businesses in every region of the United States. Last week, Forbes named 250 business leaders to the Summer 2021 class. By the end of the year, the list will include 1,000 names.

Among those included in the initial 250 were Brent Comstock and Renee Sobotka.

brent comstock

Brent Comstock

Renee Sobotka

Renee Sobotka

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Comstock, who's originally from Auburn, founded digital consulting agency BCom Solutions in 2013.

Today, the creative agency, which has its office near Eighth and O streets, focuses on producing digital-first campaigns for companies and organizations in rural America.

Recently, the company announced the launch of a fellowship program called “Lead for Nebraska,” which will bring recent college graduates to host communities across the state. The program is designed to promote rural broadband access and digital literacy to spur economic growth in rural areas.

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“For nearly a decade, BCom Solutions has been unapologetic about our rural roots and the hardworking people who make up rural America,” Comstock, the CEO, said in a news release. “My recognition on the Forbes 1000 list is a testament to the exciting opportunities that exist in rural America. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

The other Lincoln-based entrepreneur on the list is Renee Sobotka, founder of True North Technologies.

True North, which Sobotka founded in 2019, helps small and mid-sized businesses develop websites and mobile apps.

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The other Nebraskans named to the list are:

* Bill Hipsher, president of social marketing firm Hurrdat, of Omaha. He co-founded an internet marketing company called B2 Interactive, which merged with Hurrdat last year. Hurrdat was originally founded in Lincoln by former Nebraska football players Blake Lawrence and Adi Kunalic.

* Carina Glover, founder of Omaha-based subscription app HerHeadquarters.

* Susie Robinson, founder of Tekamah-based retail and e-commerce business Master's Hand.

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On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.


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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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