It's Your Business - November 2012 SBA Nebraska District Office newsletter

November 2012        |        U.S. Small Business Administration Nebraska District Office

It's Your Business

Highlighting Veteran Owned Companies

First Aid Cellular

Jeff Wharton at First Aid Cellular's West Center Road location.

Money Smarts

Money Smarts, Inc., Lincoln office.

Need your smart phone fixed fast? Take it to the guy who gave up working on F-15 jets to start his own business

Oops! That new smart phone just tumbled out of your bag, crashed into the sidewalk and put an ugly spider web crack in the screen.  Relax – that phone will be fine.  There’s somebody in Omaha who once worked on F-15 avionics systems for the Air Force who can make that phone as new as the day it came off the shelf.

Jeff Wharton is that somebody, and the business he founded with his Army veteran father, First Aid Cellular, has gotten off the ground thanks to an SBA Patriot Express loan. Go ahead, ask him what’s the worst damage he’s seen. An owner putting a smart phone on top of a car and absent-mindedly driving off? The construction worker dropping one into a cement mixer? How about an iPad falling off a five-story building to the ground?

All fixed.

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Navy veteran starts own firm to get small business clients smart with healthy financial habits

How does someone go from running a power plant aboard a U.S. Navy ship at sea to guiding small businesses in Nebraska through their bookkeeping snags?

Russ Cowan knows.  As the owner of Money Smarts Inc., in Lincoln, he offers custom-tailored services to help area entrepreneurs think beyond the numbers on the balance sheet to make better business decisions for long-term success--all within his customers' tight budgets.

"We've seen some success stories when some businesses are on the verge," Cowan said, "They come to us knowing that they have to fix something or close their doors, and many have been able to turn things around, and are growing, so it’s kind of fun to see it all actually work."

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Money Smart Nebraska Week

November 10, 4:30 p.m.

FREE Seminar designed to take the mystery out of applying for SBA loans for your small business

Charles Washington Branch, Omaha Public Library

We'll walk you through the importance of a winning business plan, and how SCORE and NBDC can help. Learn about the process of getting SBA-backed financing for your business through area lenders, and how to leverage federal contracting opportunities available for HUBZone locations.

Register by calling the library at 402-444-4849.

Listen live online to North Omaha's 1690 AM The One Nov. 2 starting at 11 a.m. as we discuss SBA resources and loan programs, including help available from the Omaha Small Business Network.


Omaha Empowerment Breakfast

November 9
7 a.m.

Regency Lodge, 107th & Pacific.  Bring your business cards and have fun at the area's premier business networking event.

> Register here



Learn About the Federal Government as Your Customer

November 15

8:30-10:30 a.m. 

SBA Nebraska District Office.

An overview of selling to Local, State and Federal government, including navigating the Central Contractor Registration; where to find bids on the Internet; Federal Business Opportunities; and SBA certifications, such as HUBZoneand 8(a) Business Development.

> Registration required



Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

Education on the new ED/WOSB contracting program

December 12

8:30-10 a.m.

10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha

>Registration required


Midwest Franchise Seminar

Don't miss out on the SBA loan session at the Omaha Chamber's Midwest Franchise Seminar

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register now.

Join the Greater Omaha Chamber, the SBA and resource providers from the area at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Business Administration, Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., for the region's only comprehensive franchise seminar. Franchise education, resources and both networking and one-on-one matching opportunities will be available. Franchisors, brokers and other franchise-related vendors will have the opportunity to engage attendees and provide detailed insight to franchise opportunities and on franchise-related products and services.

Reserve your seat now for the breakout session at 10:30  
Financing Issues for Franchisors and Franchisees.  

What financing issues must a franchisor or franchisee address? This session is for both current and prospective franchisors and franchisees and will include information on SBA loans, franchisor programs, other bank loans and minority and veteran programs. 

Spend the day reviewing tabletop displays and engaging franchisors, brokers and other franchise-related vendors, while you gain the insight that can only come from accessing the education, resources and networking opportunities of the Midwest Franchise Seminar.

Nebraska District Office

10675 Bedford Avenue
Suite 100
Omaha, NE  68134

Phone: 402-221-7211

Ask us how we can connect you with technical assistance and counseling, and financing options to start or grow your small business 

Office Directory 

Leon Milobar, District Director
Kathleen Piper, Deputy District Director
Mike Niehaus, Lead Lender Relations Specialist
Barb Foster, Lead Economic Development Specialist
Michael Foutch, Public Information Officer