UNK Opens A Student-Run Business

A new coffee shop at the University of Nebraska Kearney is offering real-world business experience to students.

The new business, “Brewed Awakening,” was developed and opened as part of a student project that began two years ago. Organizers say it’s one of the first student-run businesses on campus.

Assistant management professor Jake Messersmith, who helped oversee the project, says students developed a business plan, located a coffee supplier, marketed the business and bought all the equipment needed to run it.

Messersmith says proceeds from the shop will help pay for other projects, such as revitalizing rural grocery stores. The project was coordinated by Enactus, a nonprofit that connects students, professors and business leaders in entrepreneurial projects.

The coffee shop is open weekdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.