About SourceLink® Nebraska
SourceLink® Nebraska - Coming Soon!
Since 2018, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), Nebraska Extension, and Rural Prosperity Nebraska (RPN) partnered to bring SourceLink® infrastructure to the Nebraska economic and community development ecosystem. Currently, the University of Nebraska SourceLink® Resource Navigator is being piloted throughout 2021. A statewide platform, SourceLink® Nebraska, is under development and projected to launch in later 2021.
SourceLink® Nebraska establishes core infrastructure for Nebraska’s economic and community development ecosystem. This core infrastructure significantly increases transparency of resources available, thus helping people to find the right resource at the right time. SourceLink® Nebraska is a statewide platform for anyone to find nonprofit, education, and government resources related to economic and community development. Essentially, SourceLink® Nebraska is a one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, existing businesses, and resource partners to find resources that:
- Increases efficiency and allows for broader statewide strategies to expand entrepreneurial and economic impact.
- Ensures that resources are transparent and available to all local economic developers, community developers, entrepreneurs, and business owners across Nebraska. SourceLink® Nebraska includes a web-based platform allowing users to access information at any time regardless of their distance from a resource.
- Incorporates a means of tracking effectiveness and mapping the ecosystem to evaluate opportunities for strategic program development. SourceLink® Nebraska assesses services provided by nonprofit, education, and government resource partners to determine if there are services that are needed in the ecosystem, which may lead to modifications for serving entrepreneurs and business owners more effectively.
- Enables tracking inquiries and resource performance, which assists the ecosystem with identifying pockets of inactivity or other issues. Ecosystem resource partners will be able to focus development efforts on locations that are not using resources, find resource gaps, and address resource performance issues.