About NBDC

In 1977, UNO was awarded one of only seven federal contracts to operate a University Business Development Center. In 1980, President Carter signed the Small Business Development Center Act, which changed the University Business Development Center demonstration project into the permanent Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program.

In 1981, UNO played the leading role in creating the Association of Small Business Development Centers, which is now the professional development and advocacy organization for the small business development center movement.

In 2011, UNO became just the eighth program to receive accreditation by ASBDC and SBA as a Small Business and Technology Development Center.

We are proud of the leadership role NBDC has played in the economic development of Nebraska:

  • Since its start, NBDC has recognized a responsibility to provide professional level consulting assistance to small businesses in rural Nebraska--assistance available through no other service.
  • NBDC seeks to provide to small businesses in Nebraska a level of consulting assistance that is superior to any other in Nebraska. In achieving that objective, every NBDC consultant is a qualified professional by virtue of his/her level of education, training and depth of experience.
  • As a university-based business consulting program, NBDC engages the knowledge and energy of the faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and at its partner institutions: University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), Wayne State College, Mid-Plains Community College, Southeast Community College, Peru State College and Chadron State College (CSC).
  • As a university we are committed to training our students in the application of the business knowledge that NBDC provides to its business clients. Thus, NBDC provides graduate assistantships for Masters of Business Administration and other master's program students at UNO and Chadron State College.


NBDC consultants are credentialed professionals and are impartial advisors.  We help you make the best business decisions for your situation.  Some of our credentials include:

Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA)
Certified Business Planning Advisor and Master Business Planning Advisor
Contracting Assistance Specialist (CAS). Associate Contracting Assistance Specialist (ACAS) and Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist (CCAS)
Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP)Certified by the National Development Council
Certified Procurement Professional (CPP)
Sustainable Facility Professional (IFMA SFP)
Senior Professional Human Resources
Professional Engineer, registered with the State Board of Engineers & Architects
Certified Global Business Professional
Certified Verification Counselor (CVC)