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Small Business Development Center

Center for Rural Affairs The Center provides assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers thru programs such as "Land Link" which helps them gain access to the land, financing, knowledge and skills to make a successful start. The Center also provides... Read more > For any beginning farmer or existing farming operation that would like to look into new production areas or expand their skills and knowledge base. Brian Depew,
Executive Director
Center for Rural Affairs - Lyons Office
145 Main Street, P. O. Box 136
Lyons, NE 68038
(402) 687-2100
Center for the Study of Rural America Community Development information, Consumer Information and Economic Research and Data from Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Development groups/ Communities interested in Economic Development issues in their area -- site of The Beige Book which lists economic development indicators in the Tenth District of the Federal Reserve
Community Connections A resource for communities whose youth are involved in the ESI or expert level 4-H entrepreneurship curricula. Designed to be a support piece to help communities with involvement with and support for youth entrepreneurs. Adult community leaders, community in general
Nancy Eberle
NE Extension Special Projects Coordinator
520 Rd. 20
Bradshaw, NE 68319-0911
Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education The Consortium champions entrepreneurship education and provides advocacy, leadership, networking, technical assistance, and resources nationally across all levels and disciplines of education, promoting quality practices and programs. Teachers, instructors, program developers.
Dept of Economic Development The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) is the official lead economic development agency for Nebraska. DED's programs serve multiple functions: * Support communities with development efforts. *Assist with starting, retaining and expanding businesses *Promote the state for business locations and expansions *Encourage increased visitations by travelers Any economic development interest for Nebraska, large to small businesses, communities and government entities

Economic Development Director
(402) 471-3747

eBusiness On-line eCommerce curriculum that provides small businesses knowledge that will help them determine their readiness to take their business online to expand potential sales. More eBusiness: Advanced use of technology for business Small business owners, potential entrepreneurs
ESI (EntrepreneurShip Investigation A 4-H curriculum that exposes youth to opportunities in their community as they investigate what it means to be an entrepreneur, develop characteristics for success as an entrepreneur, and develop a business plan. *ESI Unit 1: Discover the meaning of entrepreneurship *ESI Unit 2: Develop Characteristics for Success as an Entrepreneur - ethics, professionalism, salesmanship, philanthropy, etc. *ESI Unit 3: Developing a Business Plan. Concept Development, Resourcing & Start Up *ESI Leaders Guide: A guide to help volunteer leaders and teachers work with youth using the ESI curricula *ESI Web Site: Website supplementing and supporting the ESI curricula *ESI CD-Rom: Enrichment activities for the ESI curriculum including e-commerce, personal journal and business plan development through use of the Investigator's Notebook. Middle School/High School/ English as a Second Language audiences, clubs, camps and community groups

Nancy Eberle
NE Extension Special Projects Coordinator
520 Rd. 20
Bradshaw, NE 68319-0911
Blueprint -
"Expert level" Entrepreneurship curriculum
Curriculum for High School Youth wanting to start their own business. Blueprint - A fully digital curriculum developed for high school-aged students. Nancy Eberle
NE Extension Special Projects Coordinator
520 Rd. 20
Bradshaw, NE 68319-0911
Farm Beginnings Farm Beginnings is a Land Stewardship Project initiative that provides opportunities for beginning and transitioning farmers to learn firsthand about values clarification and goal setting, whole farm planning, business plan development and low-cost, sustainable farming methods. Farm Beginnings provides 36 hours of training and hands-on learning opportunities in the form of classroom sessions, farm tours and mentorships. it is a year-long training and support effort. Farmers and other agricultural professionals are the primary presenters, mentors and steering committee members. Farm Beginnins graduates come from a variety of backgrounds and are engaged in a broad spectrum of farming enterprises. People interested in beginning farming or transitions from traditional farm to other enterprises. People interested in new farming ventures. Established farmers who wish to transition from part time farming to full time. Martin Kleinschmit
(402) 254-6993
Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program and Food Processing Center Seminars and consulting to help entrepreneurs from throughout the country achieve their dream of starting a food business. Source for assistance through all phases of developing a product and the process of introduction into the marketplace. From Recipe to Reality: A seminar providing entrepreneurs with a basic understanding of the issues crucial to deciding to start a food business. From Product to Profit: Entrepreneurs receive confidential, individualized assistance from our food scientists and business consultants Anyone with interest Jill Gifford, Manager
(402) 472-2819
Grow Nebraska GROW Nebraska - is an outreach program and affiliated fund of the Central Plains Foundation, Inc., a 501 © (3) non-profit organization. The mission is to maximize the state's entrepreneurial and small business spirit. Through their websites you can buy Nebraska made products, experience tourism treasures throughout the state, and learn about their marketing and training program. Membership Organization -- Benefits include member products sold in Grow Nebraska Retail Outlets, Marketing events through Grow Nebraska, Newsletters, Website critiques, micro loans etc. Janell Anderson Ehrke,
Founder and CEO
P. O. Box 7
Holbrook NE 68948
Heartland Center for Leadership The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is an independent, nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. HomeTown Competitiveness partner Youth and adults who can be developed into leaders Vicki Luther, Ph.D. and
Milan Wall, co-directors
Home Town Competitiveness HomeTown Competitivveness provides a framework for rural communities to help them identify reachable goals and strategies focused on the four pillars of reversing rural decline. Core Partners: RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship; Nebraska Community Foundation; and Heartland Center for Leadership Development. Rural communities Craig Schroeder, Senior Associate
RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Services offers a variety of information and assistance to entrepreneurs such as the latest tax related news, basics of self-employment and filing requirements, what qualifies as business expense, guidance on tax related responsibilities for employers. These help topics can be viewed on line or by paper booklets. Any new and emerging small business owners or employers. Internal Revenue Service
1313 Farnam
Omaha NE 68102
Telephone: 800-829-1040
Invest Nebraska Invest Nebraska Corporation is a venture development organization. They advise and invest in companies and early stage business ideas in Nebraska. They support and encourage angel investment and entrepreneurship in all areas of Nebraska, and provide networking opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and service providers from all corners of the state. People Interested in finding venture capital or angel investors to support their new business idea Mark Crawford, Executive Dir.
4701 Innovation Drive
Lincoln NE 68521
Kauffman Foundation Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture was developed as a for-credit course for college/university students. The curriculum uses a blended e-learning approach. Developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in partnership with Cisco Learning Institute, PEV blends rich online content with traditional classroom instruction, allowing students to learn through self-discovery as they research, develop, and write a start-up business plan. College/University students FastTrac National Headquarters
4747 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
Phone: 1-800-689-1740
Fax: 1-816-235-6216
For orders/customer service:
LEAP into Careers Career Planning Curriculum for elementary age youth grades 3-5. Youth in elementary grades 3 - 5. Nancy Eberle
NE Extension Special Projects Coordinator
520 Rd. 20
Bradshaw, NE 68319-0911
(402) 736-4691
Library of Commerce Business Reference Service Business and Economic Research website available New Business Start Ups
National Business Incubator Association NBIA offers development activities and specialized training to help business assistance professionals create and administer effective incubation programs. NBIA also conducts research, compiles statistics and produces publications that provide hands-on approaches to developing and managing effective programs. In addition, the association tracks relevant legislative initiatives and maintains a speakers' bureau and referral service. It creates partnerships with leading private-sector and public-sector entities to further the interests of the industry and its members Professionals and Business Assistance personnel who may want to develop new entrepreneurial programs in their local communities. This is a membership only organization. National Business Incubator Association
20 East Circle Drive, Suite 190
Athens OH 45701
NCR CRD program assets (ISU) The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, located at Michigan State University, is one of four regional centers coordinating rural development research and education throughout the United States. It is supported by land-grant universities of the North Central region, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and grants and contracts from private foundations. Our mission is to strengthen the ability of the land-grant system and its partners to help build rural community capacity, create vibrant and sustainable economies, and cultivate inclusive approaches to governance to enhance regional well-being. Our current strategic plan contains five goals: 1. Increase Capacity of Communities 2. Reach Under-served and New Populations 3. Convene Research Groups 4. Encourage the Use of Evaluation Tools 5. Create an Effective Organization   Director Dr. Scott Loveridge
North Central Regional Center
for Rural Development
Michigan State University
NE Community Foundation The Nebraska Community Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides Nebraskans and former Nebraskans an easy way to give back to the state and the communities they love. HomeTown Competitiveness partner Nebraskans and former Nebraskans Jeff Yost, President and CEO
NE Dept of Ag Developed and funded by Nebraska Legislature under the direction of Nebraska Governor to oversee and support the agriculture industry in Nebraska Assists anyone interested or involved in Nebraska Agriculture Greg Ibach, Director
NE Dept of Education The staff of the department of education interacts with schools and institutions of higher education to develop, coordinate and improve educational programs. Schools, Institutions of higher education Gregg Christensen
Nebraska Department of Education
Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist
Innovation and Instruction Team
(402) 471-4337
Nebraska Bankers Association NBA is a sounding board for thoughts, ideas and opinions from bankers across the state. NBA offers training opportunities, lobbying efforts etc. for member banks Membership is open to state and nationally chartered commercial banks and savings and loan associations. Associate membership is available to corporations, firms or individuals that have a business interest in Nebraska and provides or sells a service or product which benefits Nebraska's financial institutions George Beattie, President and CEO
402-474-1555 Ext. 218
Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship Mission is to inspire and empower UNL students to bcome world-class entrepreneurs and help create an entrepreneurial environment to encourage them to do it. UNL Students Interested in starting their own entrepreneurial businesses Sam Nelson, Associate Director
Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship
CBA 217A
P.O. Box 880487
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0487, USA
(402) 472-3312
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce The Nebraska State Chamber is an umbrella organization, representing over 2,000 members -- individuals, businesses, industries, professionals, including 60 chambers of commerce and 75 other Nebraska associations with an underlying grass roots membership of more than 100,000 persons. People interested in linking to local Chamber offices -- or needing information about the business climate in Nebraska. Barry Kennedy, Chairman
1320 Lincoln Mall
P. O. Box 95128
Lincoln NE 68509
Nebraska Cooperative Development Center Center for Nebraska cooperative based business, LLC or other structure Anyone needing technical assistance, education or training for developing or exusting groups Larry W. Van Tassell
Ag Econ Department Head
Director of NCDC
102 Filley Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0922
Phone: (402)472-3401
FAX: (402)472-3460
Nebraska Economic Development Assoc. NEDA is an association of professional economic developers dedicated to the prosperous growth of Nebraska's business climate. NEDA's purpose is to foster economic development in Nebraska, encourage the advancement of the expertise of its members, foster cooperation among economic development professionals, and to afford professional economic developers a vehicle for assembly and collective expression. Membership Organization dedicated to encourage and develop economic development DeEtta Hartman, Membership Services

P. O. Box 94666
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln NE 68509
Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation Voluntary agricultural Organization dedicated to advocate for and support agriculture in Nebraska Farmers and Ranchers in Nebraska -- Associate Members Rob Robertson, Chief Administrator
Nebraska Independent Bankers Association Provides community banks with a voice in the state's legislature as well as in Washington. Membership is open to local community banks Nebraska Independent Community Bankers
1320 Lincoln Mall, Suite 100
PO Box 83073
Lincoln, NE 68501-3073
Phone: 402-474-4662
Nebraska Information Technology Commission NITC is a Governor appointed commission -- members represent education, communities, strategic planners and a designee of the Governor. The responsibility of the Commission is to make technology infrastructure more accessible and responsive to the needs of the citizens of Nebraska. The Commission can make investments in services to make them more efficient and cost effective Anyone seeking more information on technology offerings in their area or seeking help to develop infrastructure to support their business. Ed Toner
Office of the Chief Information Officer
501 South 14th Street, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 95045
Lincoln, NE 68509-5045
Phone: 402.471.3560
Nebraska Investment Finance Authority Nifa's mission is to provide Nebraskans a broad range of financial resources for homeownership, rental housing, agriculture, manufacturing, medical and community development endeavors. NIFA also provides technical assistance for activities related to these areas, while preserving and growing the asset base used to provide these resources. Small Business owners interested in economic development loan for their businesses. Tim Kenney, Executive Director
Lincoln Office (headquarters) 1230 "O" Street, Suite 200 Lincoln, NE 68508-1402 (402) 434-3900 1-800-204-NIFA (6432)

Omaha Office 1625 Farnam Street, Suite 750 Omaha, NE 68102 (402) 898-2501
Nebraska Microenterprise Partnership Fund It is the mission of Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) to make sure that Nebraska micro and small businesses have access to capital, training, and technical assistance. They also would like to see every small and micro business owner have the opportunity and resources to realize his or her potential as a business owner Individuals and businesses interested in short term financing or financial aide to start or grow their small business. 223 North Oakland Avenue
Oakland NE 68045
Nebraska Office - Department of Labor The U.S. Dept. of Labor offers assistance in items such as compliance with grants and contracts, help finding job applicants, retirement and health benefit information, training for employees of small businesses, OSHA information and assistance, laws and regulations for employers. Any business with employees or seeking help finding employees. Any business needing information on employment rules and regulations Catherine D. Lang, Commissioner
Nebraska Department of Labor
550 S 16th Street
Lincoln NE 68509
Non-Profits and Rural Development Centers There are 6 Development Districts in Nebraska. The objective of the districts are to encourage cooperation between local government officials, community organizations and the private sector. Districts help to secure federal, state and local monies to support area economic development efforts, such as business, tourism, housing, etc.   West Central District
Northeast District
Central District
South Central District
Southeast District
Panhandle District
Northeast Nebraska Development District Economic Development - including grants and low interest loans for small business financing. People interested in starting a small business in the Northeast Nebraska area of the state 111 South 1st Street
Norfolk, NE 68701
Panhandle Area Development District Business Research Assistance, Business and Financial Planning assistnace Small business start ups in the Panhandle area of the state 1432 10th Street
Gering, NE 68341
REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Program) Developed through the Center for Rural Affairs - REAP offers the small business owner or start-up entrepreneur the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and small business owners, peer and direct business micro loans, business planning and management workshops, one on one technical assistance, newsletter etc. Anyone interested in starting a small business or entrepreneurial venture. Jeff Reynolds
REAP Program Director
RUPRI Center for Rural E-Ship The mission of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is to help leaders and citizens in rural communities and regions across the US embrace entrepreneurship as a core rural economic development strategy. HomeTown Competitiveness partner Leaders and citizens in rural communities and regions across the US Charles W. Fluharty
President and CEO
(319) 384-3816

Don Macke
Director of Practioner Programs
Rural Advantage 2 day conference emphasizing diversified agriculture & farming in the rural/urban interface Participants that are interested in utilizing their acreages for profit. Gary Lesoing
UNL Extension Educator
SARE Advance American agriculture through innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education Farmers and Ranchers interested in improving their profitablity thru new innovation Gary Lesoing
UNL Extension Educator
SCORE Small Business Assistance and Counseling Service - five locations in Nebraska Start up Businesses or existing businesses who need some additional assistance or mentoring Columbus Score
3014 39th Street
Columbus, NE 68601

Lincoln Score
285 S, 68th St. Place, Suite 530
Lincoln NE 68510

Central Nebraska Score
16 West 11th Street
Kearney NE 68848

Norfolk Score
405 Madison Avenue
Norfolk NE 68701

Omaha Score
10675 Bedford Avenue, Suite 100
Omaha NE 68134
Small Business Association (SBA) Federal Agency with the mission to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy. Services include Technical Assistance, Financial Services, online services and loans to small businesses. Provides support to other organizations, businesses and communities. Leon Milibar, District Director
Omaha District Office
10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68134
Southeast Nebraska Development District Community Development information, economic development assistance and financial assistance for small business Small business start ups in the Southeast Nebraska Area of the state 2631 O Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour Tour of farms and businesses that are entrepreneurs People that want to learn about the entrepreneur-ship spirit of people. Gary Lesoing
UNL Extension Educator
Southern Rural Development Center The Southern Rural Development Center seeks to strengthen the capacity of the region's 29 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. * Stimulate the formation of multi-state research teams *Coordinate the development and revision of educational materials and maintain a centralized repository of educational resources *Organize and deliver high priority rural development research and educational workshops/conferences *Provide leadership for the preparation of science-based rural development policy reports * Build partnerships that link the South's land-grant university system with other key entities committed to rural development activities in the region Trainings are listed at   Steve Turner, Interim Director
Southern Rural Development Center
Box 5187
357 Lloyd Ricks Watson
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: 662-325-2049
Fax: 662-325-8407
The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities eXtension website The Entrepreneurs and Their Communities eXtension website is a product of a dedicated team of Extension specialists and researchers working in land-grant universities across the country. Among the resources now available are: *Frequently Asked Questions *Information Briefs *Research Highlights *Calendar of Events (1) Entrepreneurs and Resource Providers; and (2) Entrepreneur Ready Communities.
U.S. Department of Commerce The U.S. Dept. of Commerce provides information on trade promotion, market research, financing programs and gives export assistance Anyone starting a business with a product or service that will be used nationally or globally U. S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
1401 Consititution Avenue, NW
Washington D.C. 20230
U.S. Department of Labor The U.S. Dept. of Labor offers assistance in items such as compliance with grants and contracts, help finding job applicants, retirement and health benefit information, training for employees of small businesses, OSHA information and assistance, laws and regulations for employers. Any business with employees or seeking help finding employees. Any business needing information on employment rules and regulations U.S. Department of Labor
210 Walnut Street, Suite 643
Des Moines IA 50309
United States Chamber of Commerce Information on Resources, economic policies affecting small business, educational and training programs Resources for small business - including expos and trade show info
Nebraska USDA Rural Development Nebraska USDA Rural Development is committed to assisting Nebraskans in accessing USDA financing programs that are designed to offer business opportunities to build and sustain healthy economies as well as financial and technical assistance to cooperative and value-added efforts across Nebraska. Rural Nebraskans USDA Rural Development State Office
Suite 308 Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Maxine B. Moul-State Director
West Central Nebraska Development District Community Development, Economic Development and Small Business Financial Assistance Small Business start ups in the West Central area of Nebraska P. O. Box 599
Ogallala, NE 69153
Western Rural Development The Western Rural Development Center (WRDC) is one of four regional centers funded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services (CSREES) to strengthen the capacity of local citizens to guide the future of their rural communities. Each of the four Centers link the research and extension capacity of regional land-grant universities with local decision-makers to address a wide range of rural development issues. Training opportunities - Entrepreneurial Sustainable Agriculture Training -   Director Don Albrecht
Western Rural Development Center
8335 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-8335
Fax: 435-797-9733


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