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Pender Economic Development; Diann Ballard, Coordinator 

402-922-1652 or email:  pendereconomic@abbnebraska.com

Website: http://penderthurston.com

Things we can help with:

  • Locating a building or office site
  • Utility contractors, hook ups or assistance with outreach
  • Connecting you with business and financial resources


Nebraska Business Development Center; Loren Kucera, Consultant

402-375-7575 or email: LoKucer1@wsc.edu

Website: http://nbdc.unomaha.edu/wayne/

Things we can help with:

  • Business Planning & Loan Packaging
  • Certified Business Valuations
  • Organizational Development
  • Marketing Strategies


Rural Enterprise Assistance Project; Dena Beck, REAP Loan Specialist

308-528-0060 or email: denab@cfra.org 

Website: http://www.cfra.org/reap

Things we can help with:

  • Financing
  • Business Training
  • Technical Assistance
  • Networking 

We also have a REAP Women’s Business Center – assisting women entrepreneurs. Contact Monica Braun, the director, at 402-643-2673 or email monicab@cfra.org.

In addition, there is a REAP Hispanic Business Center – assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs. Contact Juan Sandoval, the director, at 402-371-7786 or email juans@cfra.org



SCORE - Norfolk; George Phelps, SCORE-Co-Chair

402-316-1818 or email: GPhelps@abbnebraska.com

Website: http://norfolk.score.org

Things we can help with:

  • Free Business Advice & Mentoring
  • Industry specific business assistance
  • Assistance in stimulating growth and stability
  • SBA Loan assistance


USDA Rural Development - Norfolk; Bill Sheppard, Specialist

402-371-5350 or email: Bill.Sheppard@ne.usda.gov

Website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices/ne

Things we can help with:

  • Technical assistance to rural businesses that create jobs and stimulate rural economies.  
  • Rural Development also offers programs to provide the educational opportunities, training, technical support and tools for rural residents to start small businesses.
  • Assist citizens in acquiring training in vocational and entrepreneurship skills they can use in the marketplace and business sector.


Nebraska Department of Economic Development - Lincoln

402-471-3111 or email: ded.onestop@nebraska.gov

Website: https://opportunity.nebraska.gov/start-your-business/

Things we can help with:

  • Business Plan Resources; Counseling; Training
  • Employment Registrations & Jobs Training Grants
  • Business Financing & Grants
  • Taxes & Tax Incentives



Nebraska Enterprise Fund – Oakland;  Jim Reiff, Program Manager

402-685-5500 or email: nef@nebbiz.org or jimr@nebbiz.org

Website: http://www.nebbiz.org/

Things we can help with:

  • Providing loans to start up a small business in Nebraska
  • Provide Training/ Technical Assistance/ Loan Services to Micro Businesses



GROW Nebraska – Lincoln;  402-742-3121

Email: info@grownebraska.org  

Website: http://www.growneb.com

Things we can help with:

  • Wholesale assistance
  • Provide Training/ Technology Assistance/ Micro Loans
  • Promotion & Publicity