Business Resources

Western Nebraska is an excellent place to start and grow your business! Our state is pro-business, has a dedicated workforce, and is one of the best places to live. Twin Cities Development (TCD) is pleased to provide local businesses and entrepreneurs the resources and know-how for success. Below are local resources, but do not hesitate to contact us! We are experts at making connections!

Business Resources

Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP)

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The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities in the Panhandle of Nebraska through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (micro loans), business training, technical assistance, and networking. REAP is for those thinking of starting a small business and for those who already own one. 

Find your nearest REAP business specialist today because 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.) They’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.

GROW Nebraska

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GROW Nebraska helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live anywhere in Nebraska while making a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska in 1998, their vision and mission has never wavered: be the premier educational nonprofit that empowers entrepreneurs through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and market opportunities. This program focuses on building successful Nebraska businesses, one at a time.

Nebraska Business Development Center

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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, planning, transition, training, and progress.

Nebraska Department of Labor

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Nebraska Department of Labor has a mission to connect people to employment success. They provide job search assistance, various employment training programs, Veterans employment services, and more.

Nebraska Safety Council

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Located in Lincoln and serving all of Nebraska since 1961, the mission of the Nebraska Safety Council is to provide education and leadership to empower people to live safely and healthily. Their 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 desks, on production floors, behind the wheel, and off the job. Their 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.

Panhandle Area Development District – Business Assistance and Loan Fund

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The Panhandle Area Development District (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 — businesses whose primary purpose is the common good, addressing social, environmental, and human justice needs.

 

PREMA REDLG Revolving Loan Fund

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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 works to further enhance the area's economic climate by helping finance projects that create jobs and long-term employment for rural residents, as well as sustained economic growth in the area.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

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The SBA is there for you whether you want to plan your business, launch your business, manage your business, or grow your business. They offer assistance to businesses with free business counseling, SBA-guaranteed business loans, home and business disaster loans, and federal government contracting.

SCORE

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SCORE has the largest network of free volunteer small business mentors nationwide. No matter what stage your business is at, SCORE has a mentor for you; request one 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

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USDA Rural Development supports rural prosperity in Nebraska by investing in modern infrastructure such as high-speed internet and water and waste treatment systems. They help eligible rural Nebraskans buy or rent affordable housing and can partner with you to build or improve essential community facilities such as hospitals, libraries, and schools. They boost rural economic development by funding technical assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs, helping them design robust business plans, find new markets, and promote their goods and services. They also help eligible businesses and manufacturers expand or improve, and support energy programs that finance renewable systems for agriculture and industry.