State’s “One Stop Business” guy is valuable source for entrepreneurs (March 2, 2007)
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State’s “One Stop Business” guy is valuable source for entrepreneurs
LINCOLN, NEB. (March 2, 2007)— Steve Williams has operated the Nebraska Department of Economic Development’s One-Stop Business Assistance Center since 1988.
The One-Stop Center is here because people too often find it confusing and frustrating to locate needed information from local, state and federal agencies about starting up businesses and answers to questions that arise in the startup and operation of those businesses, said Williams. Programs that might be able to help them can also be hard to find, he added.
William's job is to save people and businesses time in getting questions answered, acquainting them with resources and programs that can help them help themselves. The One-Stop Center also is a gateway to a network of services that has grown in number and diversity throughout Nebraska, from the Department to the Rural Enterprise Assistance Program, NebraskaEDGE (Enhancing, Developing, and Growing Entrepreneurs), GROW Nebraska, and other programs supporting business development in Nebraska.
The One-Stop Center’s services include providing detailed technical assistance, identifying available financial resources, and researching any issue no matter how small or complicated. In FY 2006, the center responded to 2,778 requests for information, a figure that has been constant for a number of years. Since it’s beginning, Steve has fielded more than 40,000 inquiries since the Center began, from nearly every town in Nebraska and every state in the union.
Williams also developed and maintains the Business & Entrepreneurs Toolkit website that contains an extensive, in-depth, up-to-date business assistance information that reflects the range of topics people as about. The Business & Entrepreneur's Toolkit can be found at: http://assist.neded.org/
EntrepreneurshipWeek USA is celebrated February 24-March 3, 2007, because of the passage of Resolution #699 in June 2006, by the U.S. House of Representatives.
President George W. Bush encourages “ALL [to] work together to ‘start the conversation’ about the importance of entrepreneurship education to the youth of our nation and the future economy of America.”
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