Business Resources

Western Nebraska is a great place to start and grow your business!  Twin Cities Development is here to provide local businesses and entrepreneurs the resources and know-how to succeed. Below you will find direct links to local resources as well as a catalog of business topics that you may need more information on.

 

Center for Rural Affairs (REAP) Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (micro loans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.

Call on REAP when you are thinking of starting a small business or if you already operate a small business in Nebraska. You can find your nearest REAP business specialist here. 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.

Started in 1990, REAP has provided services to numerous micro/small businesses throughout Nebraska. (A micro business is defined as one with 10 or fewer employees.) We’ve placed over $16 million in loans and leveraged over $23 million in additional funds from other sources.

REAP is a proud member of the Nebraska Small Business Collaborative, extending microenterprise businesses technical assistance and micro-loans in all distressed areas of Nebraska. You can learn more about REAP here.

Contact Person: Bryon DePew

Agency Hours: info@cfra.org

Fees: 8:00 – 4:30

 

GROW Nebraska

GROW Nebraska® helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: be the PREMIER EDUCATIONAL NONPROFIT that empowers entrepreneurs through BUSINESS TRAINING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, PROMOTION, and MARKET OPPORTUNITIES. The specific purpose of the nonprofit corporation is to serve as a nonprofit educational organization, providing education and training to individuals and small business owners across Nebraska, with an emphasis on economically depressed areas, to create sustainable economic development and marketing opportunities.

This program focuses on building SUCCESSFUL NEBRASKA BUSINESSES, one at a time. We believe there is nothing more important in sustaining a business than marketing. We are the NUMBER ONE EDUCATIONAL NONPROFIT marketing opportunity program in the state, working closely with our members, on an individual basis, to find out what each member needs to take their business to the next level and connect to the local and global market places.

Website

308.493.5394

 

Nebraska Business Development Center

Nebraska Business Development Center (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.

Services Include Assistance with:

  • Sales
  • Financing
  • Plan
  • Transition
  • Training
  • Progress

Website

3086357513

 

  • Job Search Assistance
  • Various Employment Training Programs
  • Veteran’s Employment Services

Contact Person: Patricia Comfort

Agency Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM M-F

 

Nebraska Safety Council

Located in Lincoln and serving all of Nebraska since 1961, the Nebraska Safety Council’s mission is to provide education and leadership to empower people to live safe and healthy. Our passionate team of experts provides support and services to organizations of all sizes, across a wide-range of industries throughout the state and surrounding areas.

The Nebraska Safety Council’s comprehensive programs, training courses, events, and services are designed to improve employee care at a desk, on the production floor, behind the wheel, and off the job (www.nesafetycouncil.org). Our unique Worker 360° approach provides integrated risk management that reduces health and injury-related costs, boosts worker engagement, and improves overall worker quality of life while positively impacting an organization’s bottom line.

Website

 

Panhandle Area Development District – Business Assistance and Loan Fund

PADD works closely with business assistance and economic development professionals in the Panhandle to connect businesses to the resources they need.  PADD works specifically to provide an Economic Development Loan Fund and to manage regional resources for Social Enterprise.  If you have any questions regarding our small business services or would like more information, please contact us:
Bryan Venable- Business Resource Manager

bryanv@nepadd.com | 308-633-3741

 

PREMA REDLG Revolving Loan Fund

PREMA (Panhandle Rural Electric Membership Association) has contributed to economic development and business expansion within its service territory. By establishing a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), PREMA plans to further enhance the economic climate of the area by helping finance projects that lead to the creation of jobs and long-term employment for rural residents, and sustained economic growth in the area.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Whether you want to plan your business, launch your business, manage your business, or grow your business, the SBA is there for you. They offer assistance to businesses with Free business counseling, SBA-guaranteed business loans, home, and business disaster loans, and federal government contracting. To learn more about their business resources, please visit their website below.

 

 

SCORE

SCORE has the largest network of free volunteer small business mentors in the nation.  No matter what state your business is at SCORE has a mentor for you.  Easily request a mentor to help you start, grow, or transition your business today!  SCORE is your destination for free business templates, e-guides, checklists, blogs, infographics, videos, tools and other helpful resources to help you start and grow your small business. 

 

USDA Rural Development

“We offer loans, grants, and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric, and communications infrastructure. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions, and community-managed lending pools.
We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations. We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.”