Who are NBDC consultants?
Consultants are MBAs, MBA candidates, lean-certified manufacturing consultants, and technology/management experts from NBDC who are able to apply up-to-date theory and information to your business practices. NBDC consultants focus on the particular needs of each client and provide consulting, training, and mentoring to help you achieve your goals.
NBDC offers a comprehensive group of targeted services to assist innovators and researchers bring new ideas to market.
What does consulting cost?
Some services specifically relating to starting a business in Nebraska are provided to the client at no cost. The no-cost services are provided to persons who wish to start or improve a for-profit, Nebraska-based business. NBDC reserves the right to decline service in some cases where minimum requirements are not met.
Fees for other consulting services such as market research, IT and management consulting, and lean consulting are negotiated between NBDC and the client in advance and are based on time and resources required. Services included in the EntrepreneurShop mentoring program are included in its membership fees.
How do I get one of your loans?
NBDC consultants can help you discover potential financing sources but NBDC does not loan money. Under certain circumstances, the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), an agency of the Federal government, will guarantee a percentage of business loans for qualified small businesses. The guarantee is between the SBA and a bank or other lending institution. For more information, see your nearest NBDC office.
Are there grants available for small business owners?
NO! With the exception of rare scholarships and contest awards, the only grant money available is the government’s competitive program (Small Business Innovation Research or SBIR grants) for scientific research and development. NBDC provides information on solicitation dates and requirements and sponsors workshops on writing proposals. More information.
Is my information kept confidential?
All client information discussed by the client with NBDC personnel is confidential. NBDC consultants are required to sign confidentiality statements and cannot discuss proprietary information about your business with anyone other than NBDC personnel or persons you so designate.