Business Resources Toolkit

The U.S. Small Business Administration – SBA

The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interest of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project – REAP

Call on REAP when you are thinking of starting a small business or if you already operate a small business in Nebraska.  Through REAP you can create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists and apply for a small business loan.

Nebraska Business Development Center – NBDC

NBDC helps strengthen Nebraska businesses for a healthy economy and prosperous communities. Certified consultants provide confidential, impartial services and educational opportunities for established and start-up businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center
The SCC Entrepreneurship Center is a resource hub for anyone interested in starting or growing a business. Our services are designed to educate, enhance, and empower entrepreneurs through the cycles of business development.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development – DED

DED can answer any question about moving to Nebraska, living in Nebraska, starting a business in Nebraska or growing a business in Nebraska.

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development

USDA provides funding opportunities for rural small businesses through loans, loan guarantees, and grants.

Invest Nebraska Corporation

Invest Nebraska is led by a team experienced at growing early stage and lower middle market companies. They are committed to growing Nebraska’s economy by assisting entrepreneurs and investing capital in those companies that have growth potential.


SCORE provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives.  SCORE in Lincoln also offers workshops for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.

Nebraska Angels

The Nebraska Angels are a network of 60 active, local angel investors. Since inception, the Angels have deployed over $11M in capital, investing in early-stage, high growth opportunities. They are passionate about startups and helping entrepreneurs take their venture to the next level with the necessary capital.