It's Your Business - January SBA Nebraska District Office newsletter

It's Your Business Nebraska District newsletter

January 2013

Start 2013 off right by signing up now for 'Take the Mystery out of SBA Loans'

The SBA will offer a one-hour, exciting seminar (see below for schedule and registration) designed to take the mystery out of the process of applying for federally-guaranteed small business loans. 

“Take the Mystery out of SBA Loans” will connect small business owners with financing programs to expand their operations and create jobs, and for entrepreneurs resolving to take the steps to create a new business.

The SBA provides short- and long-term guaranteed loans to eligible, credit-worthy start-ups and existing small businesses that cannot obtain financing on reasonable terms through normal lending channels. SBA provides a number of loan programs for most small business needs. 

During this seminar, a representative from the SBA will explain the importance of a strong business plan, how the SBA’s resource partners -- SCORE, the Women's Business Center and the Nebraska Business Development Center -- can help, and why lenders use SBA guaranteed loans in their financing projects.

Small businesses in Nebraska who use SBA-backed financing are helping to drive economic growth in Nebraska. In Fiscal 2012, the SBA guaranteed the second-largest dollar volume of loans to small businesses in the state’s history, $156 million. 

New Year's Resolution to Start or Grow a Business

Take the Mystery out of SBA Loans
Coming to a Town Near You!

January 15, 10 a.m., Omaha, SBA Nebraska District Office conference room, 10675 Bedford Ave. (corner of 108th & Maple). Register by email or call (402) 221-7211.

January 16, 10 a.m., Lincoln, 285 S 68th St. Place, Room ENT 213. Register by email or call (402) 221-7211.

January 22, 11:30 a.m., Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, 309 West 2nd St.  Register by email or call the Chamber at (308) 382-9210 (Please note, there will be a $20 charge for this event for employees of a Chamber member, $25 for non-members. Lunch will be provided.)

January 23, 11:30 a.m., Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, 609 West Norfolk Ave.  Sign up email or by calling (402) 844-2264.

January 24, Noon, Columbus VFW Club, 2720 23rd St. Register by calling (402) 564-2769.  (Please note: The VFW Club will serve lunch during the event for a $6 charge.)

January 30, 9 a.m., Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce, 20801 Elkhorn Drive, Elkhorn.  Call the Chamber at (402) 289-9560 or register by email

February 7, 11:30 a.m., Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, 1102 Galvin Road South (on the Bellevue University Campus).  Call (402) 221-7211 or register by email.

February 12, noon, Charles Washington Branch, Omaha Public Library, 2868 Ames Ave.  Call (402) 444-4849 or email the library to register.

March 7, noon, Kearney Chamber of Commerce, 1007 2nd Ave. Call (308) 237-4671 or email the Chamber to register. (Please note: There will be a small charge for lunch.)

NBDC Lincoln welcomes new associate director

Zack Zimmerman assumed the role of associate director for the Nebraska Business Development Center in Lincoln.  Zimmerman, with a background in lending, finance and teaching and education, will serve entrepreneurs in the area out of Southeast Community College's Entrepreneur Center, 285 South 68th St. Place, Room 209.  For more details on how NBDC can help you start and grow your small business, call 402-323-3626.

The Nebraska Economic Development Corporation, or NEDCO, has moved to a new address:  4445 South 86th St., Suite 200, Lincoln.

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Omaha Empowerment Breakfast

January 11
7 a.m.

Regency Lodge, 107th & Pacific.  

Bring your business cards and have fun at the area's premier business networking event.  This month's keynote subject:  eCommerce 101

Get 15 minutes of real world advice from sales and marketing expert, and ecommerce store owner, Sally Cohen. Sally and her husband have owned an ecommerce store since 2004. The experience in starting a store prompted Sally to start her own SEO marketing agency

Learn about: Tips and tricks for selling online through a shopping cart, Amazon and eBay; Social media and social shopping expectations; How to blend offline and online techniques for success; and, Real time tracking strategies. 

> Register here


Learn About the Federal Government as Your Customer

January 17
8:30-10:30 a.m. 

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

Speakers include representatives from: SBA Office of Government Contracting SBA Office of Business Opportunity NBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center In cooperation with 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District

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


Need to Know

SBA Small Loan Advantage for Lenders

Lenders, your small business customer can complete the SLA application in less than 10 minutes. Learn all about this great tool that offers loans up to $350,000 with a higher guarantee, reduces paperwork and gets you a quicker response. Available to all lenders. 

Contact one of our lender relations specialists below to learn more:

Mike Niehaus
Deborah Wilson
Mike Marsh


Grand Island Women's Conference

Join us for a day of insights, inspiration and personal growth

Women Entrepreneurs Conference, YWCA of Grand Island
March 20
Hosted by the REAP Women’s Business Center in partnership with the SBA
Come listen to sessions on:

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn valuable tools and network!
For more information: 
Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center Director, (402) 643-2673
Lisa Tedesco at the SBA at (402) 221-7229.

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

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