Best Small Business Resources in the Omaha Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Nebraska has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Omaha area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Nebraska.

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The Startup Collaborative

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning

Description

This accelerator is a 90-day program that mentors each entrepreneur through a series of workshops. The program progresses through levels, from initiation and basic prototype to navigating HR and analytics. You can also attend office hours to get advice from experienced entrepreneurs. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Rail & Commerce Building, 950 S 10th St.
Omaha, NE 68102


Nebraska Business Development Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.


Omaha Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The public library offers free access to databases, books, etc. and has its own small business resource center. Librarians are available by appointment to explain and guide you through these resources. Some of the programs they offer are "Write a Business Plan," and "Business Skills & Technology Traning." 

Restrictions

Library card needed for most services. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

215 S 15th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
402-444-4800

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 10 am - 8 pm

FRI - SAT: 10 am - 6 pm

SUN: 1 pm - 6 pm


Omaha SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


The Start Center for Entrepreneurship

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising

Description

This program offers 5-8 week accelerators and courses on subjects such as business law, social media, loans, etc. It also offers special programs for high school students. You can get partnered with a mentor who is a successful entrepreneur and who will offer you advice as you grow your business. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6825 Pine St. , Suite 144
Omaha, NE 68106
402-287-7282

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON: 10 am - 9 pm

TUE - WED: 9 am - 5 pm

THU: 10 am - 9 pm

FRI: 10 am - 3 pm