Work Filley Hall (FYH) 58B
Lincoln NE 68583-0922
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Marilyn Schlake is an Extension Educator with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Rural Prosperity Nebraska and Department of Agricultural Economics. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UNL College of Business and Master’s in Organizational Management and Entrepreneurship from Peru State College. She focuses efforts around business, community and economic development. Schlake works with communities to engage citizens and facilitate community growth. She has won state and national awards for her scholarship and educational programming. In 2021, Schlake was appointed as a graduate lecturer within the Department of Agricultural Economics. Schlake has co-authored three national curricula for business and communities. Schlake serves as past-chair of the Nebraska Entrepreneurial Taskforce and is Chair of its premier educational program, the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit. Schlake also leads the RPN entrepreneurship team focused on developing the entrepreneurial capacity of Nebraska communities.


  • MS, Peru State College, 2010
  • BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1984


  • CDEV 819, Community Action Strategies, Fall 2022

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Beyond Lemonade Stands to Main Street Business Development: An Assessment of a Youth Entrepreneurship Curriculum, Journal of Extension, June 2017
  • Introduction to Pricing for a Product or Service, University of Nebraska Extension Circular, September 2015
  • Insights into Nebraska Rural Grocery Store Ownership, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2022
  • Community Engagement: Nice Principles, Cornhusker Economics, June 2015
  • Ensuring Nonprofit Impacts Through Strategic Planning, Cornhusker Economics, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016
  • Nebraska Strong - Social Capital in Action, Cornhusker Economics, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2019

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Stronger Economies Together Program, Purdue University, October 2013
  • Rural Transfer Opportunities, Ewing Marion Kauffman Fdn, July 2020
  • Marketing Hometown America Curriculum, Michigan State University-NCRCRD, November 2019


  • A Cooperative Mindset and Its Influence on Business Formation: Findings from Rural Grocery Store Research, National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, Indianapolis
  • Focusing Communities Through Data and Engagement, Multi-State Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Collaborative, online
  • Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities: A Step to Creating Communities that Rock, National Association of Community Development Extension Professional, Cleveland, OH

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, Nebraska Entrepreneurial Taskforce, 2016
  • Thousand Oaks Alumni Excellence Award, Peru State College, 2019
  • American Rescue Plan Act Response - Excellence in Extension Team, Nebraska Extension, 2022
  • Excellence in Extension - Individual Award, Nebraska Extension, 2022

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