NBDC Calculates 2017 Economic Impact
In 2017, NBDC consultants assisted 2,026 Nebraska businesses. We offered assistance in packaging and placing commercial loans, including SBA guaranteed loans; helping business qualify for and submit proposals for government contracts; identifying customer leads, including for international sales; improving process flow in both manufacturing and service businesses; and commercializing innovative products.
Our clients created 1,858 jobs, invested $46.4 million in their operations and increased their sales, including government contracts, by $221.7 million. NBDC clients perform substantially better than the average of small businesses in Nebraska.
The total economic impact on the state last year was $496.5 million. 1
2017 KPI by NBDC program
1Total statewide economic impact includes direct, indirect, and induced impact as calculated using the IMPLAN economic model
NBDC Announces 2017 Business Award Winners
Champion of Small Business
Mead Lumber/ Truss Craft, Grand Island
Innovation Business of the Year
Sanguine Diagnostics and Therapeutics, Omaha
Manufacturing Business of the Year
Exmark Manufacturing, Beatrice
Government Contractor of the Year
Cash-Wa Distributing, Kearney
Export Business of the Year
American Premium Foods, Omaha
Sustainability Business of the Year
West Point Designs, West Point
NBDC Welcomes New Center Director to Lincoln
The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) announces the selection of Umeda Islamova as new Director of the NBDC Lincoln Service Center.
Umeda received her MBA and BBA degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and grew up in a family of small business owners. She has extensive management and advising experience in the startup and small business community in Lincoln, having held positions at Presage Analytics, ISoft Data Systems, and NUTech. She is also the founder of the Dua Journal. Umeda’s experience includes successful grant funding applications, marketing skills, financial analysis, and a proven enthusiasm for building relationships that aid in the growth and success of local businesses.
The NBDC Lincoln Center is supported by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business. The NBDC Lincoln Center will be overseen by Dr. Sam Nelson, Director of the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship at UNL. From 2012 to 2017, the NBDC Lincoln Center was located at Southeast Community College. NBDC is extremely grateful to the support that Southeast Community College provided to host NBDC and for the business coaching that they continue to provide.
Third Annual Meet the Buyers was a Success
On November 3, the Nebraska Business Development Center Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NBDC PTAC) hosted over 70 businesses for the third annual Government Contracting Conference: Meet the Buyer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The conference provided an opportunity for businesses to connect to purchasing agents from local, state and federal agencies, as well as prime contractors. Informational sessions addressed how to construct a winning proposal, successful contract management and cybersecurity requirements.
Stressing the importance of small business to the Nebraska economy, addresses by U.S. Representative Don Bacon, Nebraska second congressional district, and Courtney Dentlinger, director, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, kicked off the event. Theodore Bujewski, associate director and cybersecurity lead, Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs, gave the keynote address.
Buyers who networked with business owners during the event represented the Air Force, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha Public Schools, City of Lincoln, Lancaster County, GSA, National Park Service, U.S. Marine Corps, City of Omaha, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nebraska Department of Transportation, Nebraska Purchasing Bureau and the Departments of Veteran Affairs, Homeland Security, and Housing and Urban Development.
Prime contractor CH2M Hill in partnership with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) helped sponsor the event.
“The goal of this conference is to provide needed “how-to” information on government contracting with the added benefit of highly productive networking to generate actual leads," says Veronica Doga, event administrator. Doga, director of the NBDC PTAC, has organized three conferences beginning in 2015.
Uhing Earns Procurement Professional Certification
Richard “Dick” Uhing, a consultant for the Nebraska Business Development Center Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NBDC PTAC), received his Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) certification this month. It was awarded to him by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) at its fall conference in Washington D.C.
The certification requires completion of rigorous coursework and an exam.
APTAC represents ninety-eight procurement technical assistance programs partially funded by the Defense Logistics Agency. Together they form a nationwide network of professionals helping local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace. NBDC PTAC offers assistance to Nebraska businesses from offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney and Wayne.
Prior to joining NBDC PTAC, Uhing was president and general manager of Norfolk Beverage Company. He received his undergraduate degree from Chadron State College and MBA from Wayne State College. Uhing was recently recognized as a distinguished alumnus by the Nebraska Community College Association for outstanding career achievement.
NBDC Export Consultant in Japan
NBDC consultant Josh Nichol-Caddy joined Governor Pete Ricketts, DED Director Courtney Dentlinger and NDA Director Greg Ibach for the Nebraska trade mission to Japan.
The Nebraska delegation, currently in Japan through September 16, will be strengthening relationships with current and potential investors, as well as hosting events to promote Nebraska products. Governor Ricketts and the delgattion are meeting with government officials, community leaders, and industry representatives.
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), Department of Agriculture (NDA) and the Nebraska Center Japan in Yokohama developed the Nebraska Delegation’s itinerary for the upcoming trade mission, which includes visits to Tokyo, Shizuoka, and the Kansai region.
The delegation’s first stop in Tokyo included a visit to the annual conference of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association and the Japan-Midwest U.S. Association. The Midwest U.S.-Japan Association is comprised of eight Midwestern states, including Nebraska, and is designed to bolster international relationships with companies with a particular interest in growing in the central U.S.
Aretha Boex named Nebraska State Star by ASBDC
|Aretha Boex, Lead Center Director, attended the ASBDC (America's Small Business Development Centers) Annual Conference in Nashville in early September along with a delegation of NBDC consultants. She is pictured at the conference with NBDC state director Catherine Lang. In addition to providing consulting in business planning, financial forecasting and SBA loan packaging, Boex supervises the team of UNO graduate assistants who provide support to NBDC clients. Boex has received two awards for Excellence in Reflective Practice.|
NBDC Group Attends SBDC Conference in Nashville
Margaret Akin, Catherine Lang, Sara Bennett, Jean Waters, Aretha Boex, Jerry Parriott
Charlie McPherson officially opens service center in McCook
On August 2 Charlie McPherson cut the ribbon on the new NBDC service center in McCook. McPherson serves as business consultant and NBDC center director for the North Platte and McCook area, a position he has held since 2013. In addition to business hours in North Platte, he will now offer consulting in McCook at the Keystone Business Center, 402 Norris Ave Room 316.
Kucera is newly elected president of NED board of directors
Loren Kucera, NBDC center director in Wayne, was elected president of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Economic Development, Inc. (NED, Inc.). NED is a non-profit organization under the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District. (NEDD) that operates with a separate board of directors. Nominations and elections were held on July 11 at the monthly meeting in Norfolk.
Governor's Economic Development Summit
Representatives from the Nebraska Business Development Center attended the 2nd Annual Governor's Economic Development Summit on July 13 in Lincoln. L to R: Jean Waters, Sara Bennett, Loren Kucera, and Catherine Lang
NBDC state director expresses her vision
NBDC Joins Collaborative Effort in Lincoln
The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), NUtech Ventures, Invest Nebraska, UNL Industry Relations, and Nebraska Innovation Campus announced efforts to connect business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the state with economic development resources. On Wednesday, May 10, staff from DED, NBDC, and Invest Nebraska will begin holding weekly office hours on the Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC). Established in 2011, NIC was designed to facilitate partnerships between the University of Nebraska and private sector businesses.
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