Business Resources

If you are thinking about starting a business, you’re already planning.  The following resources can help you in developing a proper business plan.  This is essential, not only if you need financing or investors, but for any business you intend to make your livelihood.

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project – REAP
Janelle Moran
REAP Business Specialist
62424 729 Road
Tecumseh, Nebraska 68450
[email protected]

Nebraska Business Development Center-Auburn
Julie Wilhelm
816 Central Avenue
Auburn, Nebraska 68305
(402) 862-5151
[email protected]

Southeast Community College
Timothy R. Mittan, M.A.M.
Director, Entrepreneurship Center
285 South 68th Street Place
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
(402) 437-2524
(800) 642-4075 Ext 2524
[email protected]

Marisol U. Rodriguez
UNL Office of Technology Development
Office 109, 1320 Q Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0467
(402) 472-5222
(402) 472-0389 – Fax
[email protected]

Nebraska Department of Economic Development Resource Listing:

Community Development Resources

CDR Info Sheet

CDR is a non-profit, certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans and technical assistance to micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners and community development projects throughout Nebraska.  CDR’s target market is Low-to Moderate Income (LMI) individuals, women, minorities and persons living in and investing in economically distressed areas who are unable to access capital through traditional banks.  They specialize in serving the needs of small start-up and emerging businesses who often have difficulty accessing capital, by providing flexible loan products and  technical assistance.

They offer business loans, confidential one-on-one technical assistance, and online tools.  If you have businesses in need of help or financing, please send them to CDR.  They work with businesses in communities across the state and have access to resources that others do not.

This is a resource that is being provided to the Nebraska Main Street program and member communities at no cost.  Please use this tool when you can.  If you have businesses that come to you who are struggling, please send them to CDR!


USDA provides financing needed to help expand job opportunitites and improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America by working cooperatively with other levels of government and the private sector.

Roger Meeks – Area Director
8000 South 15th Street, Suite E
Lincoln, Nebraska 68512
[email protected]
(402) 423-9683 Ext 123
(402) 423-7614 – Fax business index.htm

New Ventures Programs:

A judges’ panel comprised of business and community leaders will identify the most promising business plan for the state of Nebraska.  The winning entrepreneur or team will receive an equity investment from Invest Nebraska Corporation.  The competitions are open to anyone 18 or older who is interested in operating a business in the state of Nebraska.  All entrepreneurs with a start-up idea, as well as local business owners looking to expand or improve their businesses, are welcome to submit their plans.  Information about the application process and details about rules and guidelines can be found on the website  For more details about contest in your area contact Dan Hoffman at (402) 472.2063.


“Counselors to America’s Small Business”, a national non-profit association is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small businesses.  Lincoln SCORE provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives.  Lincoln also offers workshops, for a modes fee, for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.

SCORE volunteers are real-world professionals with time tested knowledge who donate thousands of hours to help small businesses succeed.  Counselors are experts in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, management and business plan preparation.

SCORE Chapter 39
285 South 68th Place, Suite 530
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
(402) 437-2409
[email protected]

Nebraska Angels:

Nebraska Angels are a non-profit mutual benefit corporation organized to exchange information about investment opportunities in early-stage and emerging growth companies with ties to the state of Nebraska.  Nebraska Angels is not a fund and does not invest as a group.  Our members collaborate on due diligence but make individual investment decisions.  We understand that investments in early-stage, privately-held ventures are risky and involve the potential loss of capital.

Nebraska Angels
140 North 8th Street, Suite 416
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
(402) 434-2121
[email protected]

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.  We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace.  Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Nebraska District Office
10675 Bedford Avenue, Suite 100
Omaha, Nebraska 68134
(402) 221-4691

Inventors, Investors & Entrepreneurs Club (I2E):

Meetings held every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – Networking Social
6:00 p.m. – Program
7:00 p.m. – Inspiration and Motivation
Check them out on Facebook:  Simply search I2E Club

UNL Kimmel Education & Research Center
Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild
5985 G Road
Nebraska City, Nebraska
(402) 873-3166
[email protected]