Resources for Businesses

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (NEDED) is the official lead economic development agency for Nebraska and an essential partner of the SCEDD organization. The mission of NEDED is to provide quality leadership and services that enable Nebraska communities, businesses, and people to succeed in a global economy.

Regional Contact:

Kelly Gewecke, Business Development Field Services Rep

(308) 627-3151


Nebraska Advantage Tax Incentives

The Nebraska Advantage Package consists of Nebraska’s comprehensive economic development incentives that meet the needs of your expanding or relocating business. The link above provides information on the components of the Package including:

  • Rural Development Advantage
  • Nebraska Customized Job Training Advantage
  • Nebraska Advantage Research and Development Credit
  • Nebraska Advantage in Microenterprise Tax Credit
  • Community Development Block Grants
  • Capital Gains & Extraordinary Dividend Exclusion
  • State and local tax exemptions of manufacturing machinery, equipment, and related services
  • Tax incentive calculators
  • Current sales tax rates from the Nebraska Department of Reve#1a7a00

This link will take you directly to the Nebraska Advantage Incentives Matrix which calculates incentives based on jobs created and investment amount.

USDA Rural Development, Nebraska Office

The USDA Rural Development program promotes economic development through loans to businesses provided through banks, credit unions, and community-managed lending pools. Additionally, Rural Development offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives start their businesses and improve the overall effectiveness of their operations.

Regional Contact:

Kelley Messenger, Business Programs Specialist

(308) 455-9837




Official Nebraska Government Business Services Site

The Business section of the Official Nebraska Government website includes information on the following service areas for businesses:

  • Starting a Business
  • Business Taxes
  • Business Licensing
  • Economic Development
  • Agriculture
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Notary Public
  • Labor Laws
  • Small Business Laws

Additionally, subscribers can get additional information in the areas of:

  • Courts
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Secretary of State

Center for Rural Affairs: Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP)

The mission of the Center for Rural Affairs is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. The Center provides the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). Through financing (micro loans), business training, technical assistance, and networking; the goal of the program is to strengthen rural communities through small, self-employed business development.

Regional Contact:

Dena Beck, REAP Loan Specialist & Senior Project Leader

(308) 528-0060


REAP Women’s Business Center

This program is centered upon business specialists located across Nebraska, specializing in outreach and training for rural women entrepreneurs. This webpage contains marketing resources, federal contract information, information about regional round table meetings, answers to questions from women in business, and links with additional information for women business owners.

Regional Contact:

Monica Braun, Women’s Business Center Director



REAP Latino Business Center

The REAP Latino Business Center was established to create new economic opportunity, higher incomes, asset growth and improved skills for rural Latino entrepreneurs. Services are available to Latino entrepreneurs across rural Nebraska.

Regional Contact:

Nancy Flock, Southwest/Central Loan Specialist

(308) 534-3508




Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)

The Nebraska Business Development Center is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Statewide, NBDC provides direct management and technical assistance to more than 2,000 businesses in Nebraska each year. Basic services are provided free of charge.

Regional Contacts:


Odee Ingersoll, Director

(308) 865-8344


Chuck Beck, Consultant

(308) 865-8244


Grand Island:

Sara Bennett, Business Consultant

(308) 382-9210


The Food Processing Center

The Food Processing Center, which was established in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1983 as an extension of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is a multi-disciplinary resource for the food industry. The Food Processing Center provides a wide range of customized services. Clients include manufacturers, entrepreneurs, suppliers, distributors, associations, retailers, and food service providers. The Food Processing Center’s program areas include: Applied Research and Engineering, Business Development, Events and Workshops, Food Entrepreneur Assistance, Pilot Plant Services, and Product Development & Sensory Innovation.

Regional Contact:

Jill Gifford, National Food Entrepreneur Program Manager

(402) 472-2819

LOIS: Location One Information System

LOIS is the leading online economic development site selection tool in the United States. LOIS provides a GIS-enhanced site database system which gives a strong competitive advantage in the rough and tumble world of site selection.

NPPD: Economic Development

Nebraska Public Power District’s (NPPD) professional economic development team stands ready to assist you whether you are a site selection consultant or business prospect seeking a new location, an existing business seeking to expand, or a customer community looking for assistance with your economic development efforts. 


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South Central Economic Development District, Inc.

401 East Ave, 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 79

Holdrege, NE 68949

Phone: 308.455.4770