SBA Nebraska District Office Newsletter - Your Small Business Connection

Nebraska District Office  - September 2019

Your Small Business Connection

Vol 4

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2020 SBA Small Business Week Awards

National Small Business Week Awards, are you the next winner?

Are you the next SBA Nebraska Small Business Person of the Year? Or the Nebraska Exporter of the Year? Or are you thinking even bigger - could you be the national winner of the SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award? Time to nominate your small business and find out!

Eligible businesses must have been successfully operating at least three years and must have received at least one type of SBA assistance such as, but not limited to, an SBA loan; SCORE, Women's Business Center, Small Business Development Center or Veteran's Business Outreach Center assistance; government contracting assistance; disaster loan assistance; and/or attended Boots to Business training. Further guidance on eligibility requirements can be found here.

Previous Nebraska Small Business of the Year Award winners include Weiland, Inc., Mark VII Enterprises, White River Feed and Little Miss Fashion.  

Nominations will be accepted through January 7th, 2020. National award winners will be announced during SBA's National Small Business Week, May 3-9th, 2020.



SBA And Lincoln City Libraries Partner on New Series!

We are proud to partner with Lincoln City Libraries to offer "Taking Care of Business," a series of free workshops for entrepreneurs who want to start a small business. You'll learn the steps to starting a small business, financing options, how to build a budget and set prices, effective ways to market your small business, how to network and more! Join local experts from the Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) and Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women's Business Center (REAP WBC) as you go back to school with the SBA! All SBA and resource partner events are listed here.

Coming Soon - the SCORE Startup Success Virtual Conference!

You'll want to circle October 24th, 2019 on your calendar now, because that's when SCORE's one-day online Startup Success Virtual Conference is being held! There's 9 educational webinars, one-on-one mentoring sessions, networking chat rooms, exhibitor booths, prizes and resources - and it's all FREE!

You'll get expert advice on current business strategies, network with other small business owners, chat with industry experts and participate in live Q&A!

Plan to join in from 11-4pm CST on October 24th. Can't make it? No worries - all SCORE webinars are recorded!

REAP Women's Business Center Hires a New Director!

Anna Pratt has joined the Women's Business Center as the new Director! Anna grew up working in a small family business and has a background in fundraising, leadership facilitation, and formal education. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women's Business Center (REAP WBC) utilizes 25 business consultants to deliver services to the entire state. Anna loves to work with the consultants to develop curriculum and evaluate programming outcomes to ensure all client training translates to valuable business skills. The REAP WBC also targets rural, geographically underserved populations. “I am often amazed at the outcomes that result when like-minded people join resources and efforts for a common vision, we need a strong vision and commitment to ensure a bright future for all members of rural communities.”

WBC Director Anna Pratt

WBC Director Anna Pratt

Contracting Corner

Contracting Programs

The SBA Adjusts Size Standards to Expand Lending and Contracting Opportunities!


The US Small Business Administration recently issued an interim final rule that will adjust monetary-based small business size standards for inflation to allow more small businesses to become eligible for the SBA's loan and contracting programs. This adjustment is nearly 8.4% and reflects the inflation that has occurred since 2014. The SBA estimates that nearly 90,000 additional businesses will gain small business status under these adjusted size standards, which could lead to as much as $750M in additional federal contracts awarded to small businesses.

Looking for help with all things contracting?  Contact the Nebraska Business Development Center's Procurement Technical Assistance Center today!


Lenders' Lounge

Lender Match connects small businesses with SBA-approved lenders. Get matched at

Let the SBA find you a match!

If you are seeking small business financing, look no further than SBA's Lender Match! This free online referral tool connects small businesses with participating SBA-approved lenders.  Whether you're looking for working capital, a line of credit, or a term loan, SBA can help you find your match! Find out more.

Marketing Minute

The holidays are just around the corner! Is your small business ready? You can maximize your holiday sales by preparing early.  Here are six ways to get ready for a successful holiday season from SCORE!