Start a Business

Start a Business

Lincoln embraces new business.

Lincoln continually ranks as one of the best places to do business in America. With low business costs, a strong workforce, and robust business climate, many Lincoln business leaders will tell you it’s hard to fail in Lincoln.

Starting a Business

Nebraska Business Development Center

Since 1977, the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) has provided more than 2,000 businesses with consulting services each year. Consulting services include assisting clients by giving them an outline that is acceptable to lenders, editing content and helping them to understand what kind of information should be included in financials, financial projection development and packing loan information for Small Business Administration loan programs.


NebraskaEDGE (Enhancing, Developing and Growing Entrepreneurs) is a community-based entrepreneurial training program designed to encourage the expansion of small businesses. The EDGE program offers business development training to help individuals polish their skills, expand their knowledge, and discover how to handle the real-world conditions that impact their new and existing businesses.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

The State of Nebraska Department of Economic Development provides an online toolkit containing links to a number of programs and information resources related to starting or expanding a business in Nebraska.


SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) provides free and confidential business advice and counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. SCORE also offers workshops, for a modest fee, for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.

US Small Business Association

SBA offers business planning, training and resources for starting a business as well as women, minority and Veteran information.

Lincoln Business Resource Guide and Keys to Business Start-up Success

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development are here to support businesses and entrepreneurs in our community. If you currently own and operate a business or are considering a new venture on your own, the information in this resource will be an important tool as you proceed to the next stage in your plans.

Inside this free resource you will find a listing of the many local and state level business assistance and finance organizations. Each program is briefly described and a contact with websites and phone numbers has been provided, making it faster and easier to find the type of services and support you need.

Connect With Us

Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
3 Landmark Centre
1128 Lincoln Mall, Ste. 100
Lincoln, NE 68508


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