SBA Nebraska District Office Newsletter - Summer Edition!!

Nebraska District Office  - July 2019

Your Small Business Connection

Vol 2

Weiland, Inc is Named the 2019 SBA Nebraska Small Business Of The Year

Weiland Family

In the beginning, Weiland, Inc. owners Leon and Jean Weiland didn't set out to run a large family business. They just wanted a way to supplement the income from their family farm in 1984 during a frigid Nebraska winter that came on the heels of a regional agricultural crisis. Their manufacturing company started out making industrial fiberglass doors for the meat packing industry in a small 800 sq foot building on the family farm. 

Twenty-five years and many additional products later, the family used an SBA loan to relocate to a brand new 60,000 sq foot facility in Norfolk, NE. Weiland, Inc now makes industrial doors and windows, and has developed proprietary techniques to mold doors faster, cheaper and more environmentally safe than their competitors. They also set the industry standard for stainless steel windows.

Family members Carl Weiland, Jason Ash and Rob Haake took the reins in 2009, and have tripled the company's revenue, hired an additional 14 employees and added new product lines. They utilized SBA resource partner the Nebraska Business Development Center in Norfolk for free assistance. NBDC Director Loren Kucera nominated them for the SBA Nebraska District Office 2019 Small Business of The Year, which they won thanks to their innovation, business expansion and dedication to the community. Read their full story here.  

WHAT'S NEW WITH SCORE

score live webinars

Don't miss this summer's hottest new webinars from SCORE!

SCORE is bringing the heat this summer with their line up of Free July webinars! They're covering everything from tracking your marketing analytics to buying a business to keeping your online customers engaged and excited about buying your products! And definitely don't miss the webinar that tells you how to get more clients - while you sleep! Can't make one? No worries - they're all recorded!

Kelia Patterson, SCORE Receptionist

Meet the new face of SCORE!

Please stop by and welcome Kelia "Kay" Patterson, the new Greater Omaha SCORE Chapter 40 receptionist! Kay is a Navy veteran with many years of experience in the customer service industry, including with Allegiant Airlines and in bill collecting.

Kay's favorite part of working for SCORE is "helping people get their businesses started." When she's not connecting Omaha-area entrepreneurs to free mentoring and training, you can find Kay out & about trying different cultural foods or relaxing at home with her adorable puggle Jabar.

Want to learn how Kay can help you start your small business? Contact her today at 402-221-3606 or score@scoreomaha.org!

SIZZLING SUMMER WORKSHOPS


SBA Nebraska District Office

Want to fire up your small business sales? Consider getting into federal contracting! We have the basics for businesses new to contracting, and more in-depth workshops on specific certifications! Don't have time to make it to a workshop? Spend some time surfing SBA's Online Learning Center for great free courses on all things government contracting!  Learn about the All Small Mentor Protege Program, how to utilize being a Women Owned Small Business, how HUBZones work and more!!

SCORE 

Hot off the press - did you know the Greater Omaha Chapter 40 SCORE Chapter has a free social media workshop monthly?? The July workshop focuses on how to improve your business' SEO using tools like Google analytics, Search Console and Bing Webmaster Tools. All workshops are free and held at Do Space

Don't have time for a workshop? Check out SCORE's free courses on demand instead!

REAP Women's Business Center

Classes might be out for the summer, but school is still in session at the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project's WBC! Whether you want to learn Quickbooks or advance your knowledge of Excel, they have something for you!  Check out all they have to offer! 


Contracting Corner

Contracting Programs

The US Federal Government beat the federal contracting goal by a landslide!

2018 was an amazing year for US small businesses engaged in federal contracting! So amazing that the federal government has achieved the small business contracting goal for the 6th consecutive year with a record-breaking $120B to small businesses! Check out the small business procurement scorecard overview.

Lenders' Lounge

SBA Disaster Loan

SBA assists Nebraska flood survivors with low-interest disaster recovery loans.

Winter storms and flooding battered Nebraska hard this March and home and small business owners are in the recovery process. From March 9th to date, the SBA has provided $41.1M in low interest recovery loans directly to individuals, small business owners and non-profits. Deadlines to file for physical damages have passed, but business owners can apply for low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) up to Dec 23rd, 2019.  EIDL provide working capital to help small businesses and most non-profits meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that can't be met as a direct result of the disaster. Click here for more info and to apply online.  

Marketing Minute

Do you want to explode your sales like the fireworks on the 4th of July? Then consider setting up an ad campaign on Amazon! It will help you stay competitive, get customers to notice your product and drive sales growth! It's easier than you think to get started. Check out these 10 steps to creating your first campaign from SCORE - then sit back and enjoy the fireworks!