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.