Starting a Business in Beatrice & Gage County, Nebraska with Help from NGage

Are you an entrepreneur? NGage can help you.

Gage County, Nebraska is a hub of entrepreneurial activity. From mom and pop shops to full-scale manufacturing facilities, our business community is teeming with you!

Below, you'll find some of our favorite resources for assistance in starting your new venture. Looking for more information? Stop by sometime - we love small biz talk.

10 steps to start your business

The following information comes straight from the experts at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit their site for more details on each step!

  1. Conduct market research
  2. Write your business plan
  3. Fund your business
  4. Pick your business location
  5. Choose a business structure
  6. Choose your business name
  7. Register your business
  8. Get federal and state tax IDs
  9. Apply for licenses and permits
  10. Open a business bank account
  11. BONUS STEP: Open your business!

Resources from NGage and Our Partners 

Ready to begin? Here are some helpful resources for entrepreneurs provided by NGage and our community partners:

The University of Nebraska SourceLink Resource Navigator links entrepreneurs and community leaders to solutions and opportunities by curating university resources in one online platform.

The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) offers no-cost, one-on-one, long-term professional business advising, low-cost professional development, and other specialized resources to Nebraska businesses. 

The Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA) Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. They offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.

Southeast Nebraska Development District (SENDD) provides technical assistance to member communities to address a variety of community development needs, including water and wastewater improvements, senior centers, community centers, recreation facilities, street and drainage improvements, community planning and other community facilities that enhance the quality of life in our service area.  The SENDD staff provides project and grant development assistance, guidance in budgeting and financial management of capital improvement projects, community attitude and income surveys, state and federal grant administration, and other services as requested by member communities.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development's has listed how the step of how to start your business on their website. Along with helpful link to a website with more detailed information with each step. They also have listed available sites and building in Nebraska and the incentives provided. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small businesses through free business counseling, SBA-guaranteed business loans, home and business disaster loans, and federal government contracting. Their website also provides a wealth of free resources and templates to help entrepreneurs start their businesses.

As a resource partner of the SBA, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.