NBDC graduate assistant awarded scholarship
Jeremy Reep was awarded the 2016-17 Robert E. Bernier Scholarship. Reep is an MBA candidate in UNO's College of Business Administration and a graduate assistant at NBDC, providing business consulting to clients. He is pictured with Bob Bernier, NBDC state director.
UNO names Lang new state director for NBDC
The University of Nebraska at Omaha has announced the hiring of a new director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, just the second in the center’s nearly 40-year history. (Read press release). Catherine Lang, who most recently served as the vice president of Accelerate Nebraska, will take over as NBDC statewide director on Dec. 1 of this year after serving two months as director designate.
Lang replaces Robert Bernier, who is retiring after serving as NBDC director since 1979. Bernier is the longest-serving director of a business development center in the U.S. He will continue to provide support and consultation for NBDC in various capacities after stepping down as director.
Lang earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Law and has served in a number of governmental roles, including director of the Property Tax Division of the Nebraska Department of Revenue, commissioner of labor for the Nebraska Department of Labor, and director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
National event for innovators hosted by NBDC
The SBIR Road Tour featured funding decision makers from 12 federal agencies and drew nearly 200 Nebraska entrepreneurs seeking grant money to commercialize their innovations. Entrepreneurs had opportunities to meet one-on-one with SBIR program managers from the agencies. Wei Jing, NBDC technology commercialization consultant (pictured right with Nisha Avey, business innovation consultant, Nebraska Department of Economic Development) was event coordinator.
NBDC manager receives MBA
This spring, NBDC business manager Jerry Parriot received a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Jerry was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society in April and received the Stan Hille Award for Outstanding MBA Student.
NBDC consultant and new business applauded
Opening 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.
NBDC presents business awards at capitol
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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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.