The Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF) is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to make sure that Nebraska micro and small businesses have access to capital, training, and technical assistance. NEF envisions a Nebraska where every micro and small business owner has the opportunity and resources to realize his or her potential as a business owner.
NEF is very interested in the success of start-up, existing and growing Nebraska businesses. NEF gathers information and success stories from the work of NEF Program Partners and from businesses that NEF has served directly. Business profiles included on this NEF website show the diverse business types across Nebraska that have received assistance. Technical assistance or business coaching may have been provided, the business may have obtained a business loan or the business owner or manager may have attended a microenterprise training workshop or seminar.
Nebraska Enterprise Fund’s approach is two pronged, offering direct small/micro business financing assistance and assisting microenterprise development organizations across the state with capital and capacity building assistance.
On the business assistance side, NEF loan products are intended to meet financing needs by filling crucial gaps in small business and micro-enterprise credit.
Partnering and assisting programs across Nebraska to help broaden the availability of financing and business development assistance is crucial to a successful, comprehensive, community development strategy in communities across the state.
NEF LOAN PRODUCTS The Nebraska Enterprise Fund offers the following financial products:
- NEF direct loans for micro businesses from $1000 to $150,000
- CD Guarantee Pledges for micro businesses in Nebraska that are borrowing from a bank and need a gap filled in the loan package.
- Evergreen loans to microenterprise and community development loan funds for the purpose of making loans to small /micro businesses.
The Nebraska Enterprise Fund does not provide the following types of financing:
- Grants to small or micro businesses
- Equity investments
NEF provides direct links to program partners through the Business Resource Directory and the Program Partners/MIRS list. NEF encourages businesses to take the time to contact and support organizations that serve their area. It is important that potential and existing businesses utilize any possible resource that may help them along the start-up and growth spectrum. NEF recognizes other Nebraska resource providers in “Other Business Resource Links”.