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Public Financing Programs

All known public business financing programs including loan, loan guarantee and grant programs are listed below. If you do NOT yet have a business plan it is strongly recommended you write one before contacting a bank or program listed below for a loan. There are no 'grants' for the general startup and operating costs of a for-profit business.  For grant information, click here.

Do you have a business plan yet? If not, go here for plan development, counseling and training resources

Business Loan & Loan Guarantee Programs  

1.  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Nebraska Department of Economic Development
     CDBG/Economic Development Loan - Preliminary Review Application-  Application Guidelines
    CDBG- 'Re-Use' Loan Funds available by community as of June 30, 2010 (Historic)

2.  Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Understand the basics of obtaining business financing
  -  7A Loan Guarantee Program--- other SBA loan programs
  -   SBA Express Loan programs - for active duty military personnel, veterans, and borrowers from distressed communities
  - NBDC: SBA Loan application counseling
  -  SBA: Nebraska District Office 
  -  SBA: Nebraska Business Training & Events Calendar 
  -  SBA: loans made in Nebraska (temporarily unavailable)

3. SBA 504 Direct Loans:  long-term, fixed-rate financing to acquire major fixed assets 
   - NEDCO/Nebraska Economic Development Corporation
   - CDR/Community Development Resources

 4. Disaster Assistance Programs:
    SBA: Disaster Loans / Current Nebraska Declarations/
    FEMA: Nebraska Disaster Declarations  /  NEMA: Nebraska Emergency Management Agency 
    USDA/FSA: Agricultural Disaster Assistance

                Microenterprise (5 or fewer employees) and other direct loans:

5.  MAPA:
Revolving Loan Fund - counties of Washington, Sarpy and Douglas
6.  REAP: Rural Enterprise Assistance Project: Microenterprise Direct Loans
7.  Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Microenterprise Programs
8.  CDR: Community Development Resources, Inc.: Business Loans
9.  Northeast Nebraska Development District: Business Loans in northeast Nebraska 
10.  Southeast Nebraska Development District: 402-475-2560 (voice) or 402-475-2794 (fax)

11.  USDA: Programs below are limited to counties with less than 50,000 population:
   ----Rural Business Programs
   ----Nebraska Staff - USDA County Offices
   ----Farm Service - Farm Loan Programs

                 Other Business Financing Programs & Information: 

12.  LB 840: Local Option Municipal Economic Development Act -- LB840 Guide 
13.  Nebraska Energy Office: Loans for Energy Savings / Pollution Prevention  

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Nebraska Department of Economic Development | Courtney Dentlinger, Department Director
301 Centennial Mall South | P.O. Box 94666 | Lincoln, NE 68509-4666
Phone (800) 426-6505 | Fax (402) 471-3778