Nebraska Community Foundation
They unleash abundant local assets, inspire charitable giving, and connect ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska. Dena Beck, [email protected], 308.832.7810.
Source Link Nebraska
SourceLink Nebraska connects business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to resources for starting, scaling, or accelerating their businesses in Nebraska. SourceLink Nebraska offers a one-stop shop to help entrepreneurs and business owners grow and prosper. [email protected]
Center for Rural Affairs
They offer technical assistance, training, loans up to $250,000. For special training opportunities the Women’s Business Center and Hispanic Business Development Center. Central Region: Griselda Rendon, [email protected] 308-850-4820
Nebraska Business Development Centers
NBDC offers business planning, training, valuations, loan packaging, government contracting, and a variety of technical assistance. Link to local contacts: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/financing-options/consultants.cfm
Nebraska Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO)
NEDCO Is a SBA 504 lender, and has USDA Intermediary Relending Program and EDA Revolving loan funds. They are good with helping with buildings and usually only require 10% equity.
Invest Nebraska offers venture capital and angel investment programs.
Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF)
NEF offers technical assistance and loans up to $150,000. Katherine Shinn, Katherine Shinn [email protected]
UNL Cooperative Extension
UNL Cooperative Extension offers technical assistance.
Source Link Nebraska
South Central Economic Development District
Nebraska regional development districts offer various revolving loans funds and technical assistance. Sharon Hueftle is the Director contact 308-455-4770
USDA Rural Development
The USDA Rural Development program promotes economic development through loans to businesses provided through banks, credit unions, and community-managed lending pools. They also offer energy efficiency grants and loans to businesses.
Regional Contact: Kelley Messenger, Area Specialist (308) 237-3118, [email protected]
Training and technical assistance with marketing Nebraska products. Janell Anderson Ehrke, phone 888-growneb
Local Option Sales Tax funds collected in many communities for the purpose of economic development and assisting local businesses. Contact the City office or local Economic Development office of the community you are interested in.
Imagine Nebraska Tax Incentives
Mostly for manufacturers and must be adding a minimum of 5 new employees and investing at least $1 million in investment for rural areas. There is a fee to apply.
Micro-Enterprise Tax Credits
Micro-Enterprise Tax credits provide a 20 percent refundable tax credit to micro businesses on increased compensation for employees or increased investment in targeted communities. Applicants may qualify for a maximum of $10,000 for the life of the program. The credit is limited to companies with five or fewer employees at the time the application. Credits are approved on a first in – first out basis with an application process through the Nebraska Department of Revenue.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program
Grants are available for qualified businesses that want to: create a prototype, do research and development, commercialize a product, apply for SBIR and Economic Gardening.
Nebraska Department of Economic Development Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
CDBG/ED is a grant to a city, village, or county that re-loans the money to a local qualifying business for gap financing. These funds have to create jobs that benefit low to moderate individuals. Usually run through an NDO when paid back.
Kelly Gewecke, Central Business Consultant, 308-627-3151, [email protected]