NBDC Consultant and New Business Applauded

Loren KuceraOpening this month, 4th Jug in Wayne will be the area's largest sports bar. It is estimated that it will provide the community with the equivalent of at least 20 full time employees and $3.5 million in annual revenue. The business opportunity was made possible by a NEDCO SBA 504 loan obtained thanks to the assistance of Loren Kucera, director of NBDC Wayne center, and Clark Froelich, president of Bank First. Read story about business in Wayne Herald.

Pictured: Loren Kucera, business owner Ken Jorgensen, and Scott Sailors, president of NEDCO

NBDC Presents Business Awards at Capitol

Brand Hydraulics award

Six Nebraska businesses were selected by the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) to receive the annual Business of the Year awards. The awards were presented formally during a luncheon March 18 at the Capitol in Lincoln that included representatives from the Unicameral, Nebraska Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger, and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley.

“The NBDC Advisory Board selected the winners for exemplifying the contribution small businesses make to Nebraska’s economy,” according to Robert Bernier, state director.

The following businesses received awards:
Champion of Small Business: American Agricultural Laboratory, McCook,
Innovation Business of the Year: Windcall Manufacturing (GrainGoat), Venango
Government Contractor of the Year: Farris Engineering, Omaha
Sustainability Business of the Year: Sand Creek Post & Beam, Wayne
Manufacturing Business of the Year: Brand Hydraulics, Omaha
Export Business of the Year: New Grand Ocean International, Omaha

Click for more information about the award winners or for photos of the event.

2015 KPI Reveal $359 Million in Economic Impact

The 2015 retail sales increases by NBDC clients resulted in approximately $2.7 million in sales taxes. Jobs created resulted in approximately $3.8 M in income tax and savings from approximately $5.3 million in avoided unemployment compensation. The return on investment for Nebraska was $8.37 for every $1 invested in NBDC. See KPI for individual NBDC programs .

Charlie McPherson

NBDC office receives $6,000 from North Platte Chamber

The North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation presented a check for $6,000 to Mid-Plains Community College to support the Nebraska Business Development Center office located in the college's Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise. Pictured left to right are: Angela Raby, area director of the Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise, MPCC President Ryan Purdy, Charlie McPherson, area NBDC coordinator, Brock Wurl, Chamber board chair, Megan McGown, the Chamber’s vice president of economic development/director of communications and Carol Bodeen, MPCC area director of development.

Robert Bernier

Research on rural development recognized

NBDC State Director Bob Bernier (left) accepted a certificate of appreciation from Chuck Schroeder, executive director of the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute, for his team’s research on building rural communities through entrepreneurship development. Their study, Entrepreneurship Based Economic Development, found seven important keys to entrepreneurial development by communities.

Government contracting conference

Meet the Buyers Conference makes important connections

On November 4, NBDC hosted the 2015 Government Contracting Conference: Meet the Buyers at Embassy Suites Downtown, Omaha bringing together federal agency buyers and prime contractors with small businesses. The event was envisioned by NBDC as an effective way to increase opportunities for Nebraska small businesses to participate in the government marketplace.

The conference offered two tracks of workshops covering issues relevant to contracting from the marketing and the operations perspectives. General session speakers included keynote speaker Jeff Beals, Diane Vanderzanden, National Park Service; Sharon Spohn, VA; Mike Hall, Offutt AFB; and Michael Orr, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A panel presentation was given by small business owners and primes who have been successful in government contracting: (pictured above) Mark Santo, Mark VII Enterprises; Nancy Brandon, HDR; Mark Spadaro, Dyna-Tech; and Steven Wolf, JEO. The afternoon sessions were introduced by City of Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

One-on-one meetings with federal buyers and representatives of prime contractors were scheduled throughout the day. "We wanted this meeting to deliver needed how-to-do business information, but more importantly to facilitate highly productive networking and to generate actual leads," says Veronica Doga, conference administrator. Doga, director of NBDC's procurement technical assistance program, began organizing the conference last spring and plans to make this an annual event.

For more details, see conference agenda and participating agencies

NDED awards

NBDC receives NENEDD Entrepreneurial Advancement Award

The Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District (NENEDD) awarded its 2015 Entrepreneurial Advancement Award to the Nebraska Business Development Center for its continuous support of business development activities in northeast and north central Nebraska. Pictured above at award ceremony: Loren Kucera, center director at NBDC's Wayne State College office; Tom Higginbotham, Jr., executive director of NENEDD; Sara McMillan, NBDC business consultant; and Odee Ingersoll, center director at the NBDC office in Kearney. Read full award announcement.

Mills scholarship

NBDC graduate assistant receives scholarship

Scott Mills, pictured with Bob Bernier, NBDC state director, and Aretha Boex, Omaha center director, was awarded the 2015-16 Robert E. Bernier Scholarship. Mills is an MBA candidate in UNO's College of Business Administration. He provides consulting to NBDC business clients under Boex's mentorship.

NBDC welcomes new staff

Wei Jing
Wei Jing, is the new director of NBDC's technology commercialization program. Jing comes to NBDC from Invest Nebraska where she was an analyst, active in subordinated debt and equity investment processes for her clients. She received a master's degree in professional accountancy from the University of Nebraska in 2011 and is in the process of getting her CPA.

Todd Jamison
Todd Jamison, MBA, is the new lead consultant at the Chadron center. Jamison is also an assistant professor of business at Chadron State College and is pursuing an Ed.D. from the University of Wyoming. Jamison has provided consulting assistance to Chadron area businesses including startup planning and e-commerce development.

Laurie Matthews
Laurie Matthews is the new account representative for NBDC's Professional and Organizational Development program. She is an experienced customer service professional with a background in human resources, coaching, employee relations and talent development. In her role at NBDC, Matthews will help businesses achieve their strategic goals.

Josh Nichol-Caddy

Josh Nichol-Caddy, MBA, Josh Nichol-Caddy joins NBDC as a market research analyst and export consultant. He received a master’s degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Missouri. While a student at MU and a full-time faculty member at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, he worked with various organizations to develop marketing and media strategies. He also has worked as a video editor, copy editor, social media marketer, reporter, and freelance writer.

Hormel Competition

McPherson directs entrepreneurship competition

Thanks in part to the Hormel Family Foundation a recent entrepreneurial competition doled out $30,000 in startup money to seven businesses and business startups in Southwest Nebraska. Charlie McPherson, center director of the Nebraska Business Development Center at Mid-Plains Community College, serves as project manager for the Hormel Entrepreneurship Committee. Jason Van Pelt, pictured above (right) with McPherson (left) and Andy Long, McCook Community College vice president, received the grand prize and $13,000. Full article in McCook Gazette

Sara McMillan

SBA recognizes NBDC consultants for their contributions

Sara McMillan, business consultant and valuation analyst for the Nebraska Business Development Center Grand Island office, was awarded the 2015 SBA Nebraska Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award. (She is pictured above receiving award from Kathleen Piper, deputy district director, SBA)

Sara McMillan

Zack Zimmerman is recognized by the SBA as the 2015 Nebraska State Star for outstanding work in new business creation and his support and promotion of the SBDC program in his state. Zimmerman is a center director and business consultant for the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), serving Nebraska’s southeastern counties from offices at the Southeast Community College in Lincoln. Before joining NBDC, he was a manager for Wells Fargo in Kansas City.
Ingrid Battershell
Ingrid Battershell, center director for NBDC's Scottsbluff office, was awarded the 2015 SBA SBDC Director of the Year award. Battershell has provided business planning, loan packaging and financial analysis in southwest Nebraska for over 20 years.

First National Bank

First National Bank supports development of small businesses

First National Bank of Omaha awarded the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) $40,000 to support its development of small businesses in the Omaha area. NBDC will use the funding to increase services that help entrepreneurs qualify for commercial loans.

Pictured from left: Louis Pol, dean of the UNO College of Business Administration; Aretha Prodjinotho, director of the NBDC Omaha office; Robert Bernier, state director of NBDC; Alec Gorynski, senior director of community development at First National Bank; and Clint Sporhase, vice president of business banking at First National Bank.