It's Your Business - December 2012 SBA Nebraska District Office Newsletter

It's Your Business Nebraska District newsletter

December 2012

Brian Magee of Upstream Brewing Company

Brian Magee at Upstream's West Omaha location.

Better cash flow on tap for Upstream after SBA 504 deal helps to buy building

It’s a two-story sandstone brick and glass stylish hotspot off the busy 168th and West Center location in a burgeoning Omaha neighborhood of cutting-edge restaurants and popular boutiques.  There’s even a new condo development going up across the street.  During the summer the place is buzzing with parties outside; in the winter there’s an auburn glow inside. The heady scent of yeasty fresh beer brewed fresh in-house fills the huge dining room surrounded by brick and inviting wooden touches.

But without the help of the SBA’s 504 loan program, it might not be a stretch that Upstream Brewing Company’s west Omaha location would have vanished from the scene.

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SBA breakout session at Small Biz Saturday

Mark your calendar now for the Federal Reserve's Omaha Branch Small Biz Day Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Swanson Conference Center at Metro Community College's Fort Omaha Campus, 5300 N. 30th Street.  Enter the lot off 32nd and Sorenson.

Don't miss the chance to connect with resource providers to help you start or grow your small business.

There will be an SBA breakout session, "Take the Mystery out of SBA Loans," at 11 a.m., which will offer you the chance to learn how to apply for federally-backed business loans through area lenders, information on accessing government contracting and the services SCORE and the Nebraska Business Development Center offer.

This is a free event.  Breakfast will be served.

SBA Introduces New Online Portal for 2013 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

The SBA has launched a new online portal to make it easier for you to submit nominations for the 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.

The dedicated web portal will make it easier to submit and track submissions of nominees for Small Business Week 2013, and is now actively accepting nominations of noteworthy small businesses.

>Read more about the categories here

Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

December 12
9:30-11 a.m.
10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha

Experts will review program requirements, explain the self-certification process, and steps to take to compete for contracts. The event is free, but registration is required.

Small Biz Day

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Omaha Empowerment Breakfast

December 14
7 a.m.

Regency Lodge, 107th & Pacific.  

Bring your business cards and have fun at the area's premier business networking event.

While business owners and leaders know it's important to network, but all too often, networking for the sake of networking is awkward and ineffective.

Join Jason Lauritsen, author of Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships, to learn practical guidance to focus on meaningful relationships to grow your social capital and unlock the true power of networks. 

> Register here



Learn About the Federal Government as Your Customer

December 20
8:30-10:30 a.m. 

SBA Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave., Suite 100, Omaha.

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



How to Build Successful Partnerships

December 18
10-11:30 a.m. 

Southeast Community College, 285 S. 68th St. Place, 5th Floor, CDR Conference Room, Lincoln.

Government buyers are looking to buy what you have, quality products and services at competitive prices. By teaming or serving in a subcontractor role, your company can successfully compete. We will cover: teaming and forming joint ventures, subcontracting with large primes, mentor protégé programs, supplier diversity programs, and partnering with universities.

> Workshop is free but registration is required


SBA help proves part of success story for Nebraska small businesses on INC. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

Five Nines Technology Group

SBA Administrator Karen Mills (center) with Nick Bock (left) and James Bowen (right) of Five Nines Technology Group, Nebraska's 2010 Small Business of the Year, during Small Business Week in Washington D.C.  Five Nines was one of several Nebraska companies named on INC Magazine's 5000 fastest growing companies.

Access to capital from the U.S. Small Business Administration helped several small businesses in Nebraska make it to INC. Magazine’s 2012 list of 5000 fastest-growing private companies, according to the SBA’s Nebraska District Office. 

INC. Magazine’s list measures revenue growth from 2008 through 2011 with U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit independent firms.  All revenue figures reflect calendar year 2011, and information on revenues and job growth is based on information available from INC. 

“We’re incredibly proud to see these Nebraska-based companies recognized nationally, not just for their phenomenal growth over the past three years, but that they’re serving as an example that despite the continuing challenges throughout the economy facing them, small businesses in our state continue to find opportunities to expand their operations, thereby creating and keeping jobs here,” said Leon Milobar, District Director of the SBA Nebraska District Office.

> Read more on these companies here 

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