• The Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury, CDFI Fund.  NEF provides direct loans to start-up and existing micro /small businesses across Nebraska.  NEF works collaboratively with lending organizations and banks to assist in filling financial gaps for businesses.  NEF has long been a supporter (loans and grants) of programs in Nebraska that provide training, technical assistance and/or loan services to micro businesses.

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  • The history of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund began in 1994. With multiple micro programs developing across the state at that time, it became apparent that there was a need for an organization to assist in procuring grant and loan funds to meet long-term operational and lending needs.

    Gene Severens, set out to work on the design and development of the Nebraska Microenterprise Partnership Fund (NMPF), a statewide microenterprise intermediary, and served as the first director. NMPF’s name was changed to Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) in 2008, but the mission and purpose remained the same.
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  • NEF program partners are located across Nebraska with businesses in all counties having access to business training, one-on-one technical assistance / business coaching and micro / small business loans.

    List of Program Partners:

    • Catholic Charities Microbusiness Training and Development Program
    • Center for Rural Affairs/REAP
    • Community Development Resources
    • GROW Nebraska
    • Hastings Community Redevelopment Authority
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Sales Training hosted by NEF starts April 1 in Omaha

NEF is sponsoring "Audit Your Sales Process" in a series of 5 workshops running every other week beginning April 1, 2014 in Omaha.  This course is designed to help your company accelerate sales by [more]

NEF Welcomes New Executive Director

Omaha, Neb. – James Reiff of Omaha began work this week as the new Executive Director of the Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF), a champion for Nebraska’s small and micro business community. Reiff is [more]

NEF Attends Strengthening Small and Emerging CDFIs Training

NEF was honored to be selected as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) to take part in the “Strengthening Small & Emerging CDFIs” training for Midwest organizations in Detroit [more]

Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) Coordinates Business Visits

The Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) recently worked with Representative Lee Terry’s office to coordinate visits to two businesses in his district on Monday, August 19, 2013.   The two businesses [more]

Nebraska Enterprise Fund Executive Director to Retire

Nebraska Enterprise Fund's Executive Director, Rosemary Jaspersen, retiring after 13 years with the organization. NEF Retirement Release (1) 6-25-13 [more]

NEF Participates in the KC Fed's Investment Connections Program

Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) was selected once again to present at The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank - Omaha Branch’s Investment Connection event on June 26, 2013. Investment Connection is a [more]

Support Nebraska Enterprise Fund

 Nebraska Enterprise Fund envisions a Nebraska where every small and micro business owner has the opportunity and resources to realize their potential.

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