Woman credits Lincoln Startup week for successful business

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- Mailani Veney began as an attendee at the Lincoln Startup events, but this year she's attending as a CEO.

It's the sixth annual Lincoln Startup week, five days of events where entrepreneurs and people interested in starting a company come together for events.

"From a year ago to now we've doubled in size, we've got almost 25 people on our team and a lot of those things actually happened in Lincoln startup week," said Veney.

She owns the website DealAnyDay, a website where people can look up local deals. But, she said it's very different from couponing sites like Groupon and LivingSocial because it doesn't cost the user or businesses any money.

"We are actually a trusted source in the community to let you know where these non-coupon specials are," she said.

Veney said she owes a lot of her success to the Startup Week because of its diverse community.

"I'm not just talking about age or gender or race I'm talking about experiences and backgrounds in big towns and small towns, and short and tall, it brings everyone together with a common goal," she said.

Since she began her business she now had 24 employees and her site can be found in 30 cities from Hawaii to New Jersey.