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Business Initiatives

Our grant programs are designed to remove barriers in starting, retaining, and expanding businesses in Nebraska. Whether it involves specialized training for your employees or providing funding for site and product development, the Department of Economic Development is proud to be a partner in your success. 

We are here, equipped and ready, to assist you in developing and capitalizing on economic development opportunities.

 

Innovation and Entrepreneurial

Nebraska Innovation Fund Prototype Grants

Competitive matching grant that provides financial assistanceto Nebraska businesses for product development.

Nebraska Seed Investment Program

Investments in Nebraska businesses for the commercialization of a product or process.

Microenterprise Assistance Program

Support the transfer of Nebraska-based technology and innovation in rural and urban areas of Nebraska..

Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Grant Program

Matching grant that provides financial assistance to Nebraska businesses that are applying to or have received a Federal SBIR or STTR.

Nebraska Academic Research and Development Grant

Competitive grant for R&D activities done in conjunction with a Nebraska college or university.

Incentives

imagiNE Nebraska

ImagiNE Nebraska is our redesigned incentives portfolio created with small and large businesses in mind. 

Opportunity Zones

Promote investment and drive economic growth in low-income and/or economically disadvantaged communities. 

Site and Building Development Fund

Supports projects that help advance business innovation and strengthen workforce recruitment.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Grants to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities.

Municipal Inland Port Authority Act

Municipal Inland Port Authorities to manage inland port districts.

Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act

Assistance with non-profit organization capital projects that have been delayed due to COVID-19.

Enterprise Zones

Preference for various business incentives and grant programs to projects located in whole or in part within a designated enterprise zone.

Nebraska Film Office Grant

Grants to support shooting on-location for a film primarily featuring Nebraska-based characters and locales.

Workforce

Customized Job Training

Employee training assistance to businesses that maintain, expand, and diversify the state’s economic base.

imagiNE Nebraska

ImagiNE Nebraska is our redesigned incentives portfolio created with small and large businesses in mind. 

Developing Youth Talent Initiative

Collaboration between businesses and public schools to expose students to careers in Manufacturing and Tech.

Nebraska Career Scholarships

Scholarships for students pursuing degrees in programs of study leading to high wage, high-skill and high-demand careers.

Intern Nebraska

Grants to businesses and non-profits who want to create new internships within Nebraska.

International

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

Increase the number of small businesses that export internationally and increases export values.

Site and Building Development Fund

Supports projects that help advance business innovation and strengthen workforce recruitment.

LocationOne (LOIS)

Database for information about sites, buildings, and locations for businesses looking to grow.

Resources

AmpliFund

This page will provide technical assistance on using AmpliFund to apply for and manage grants awarded by DED.

Enterprise Zones

Preference for various business incentives and grant programs to projects located in whole or in part within a designated enterprise zone.

Business Retention & Expansion Program

Information on business climates that helps shape the state economic development policies and programs.

Opportunity Zones

Promote investment and drive economic growth in low-income and/or economically disadvantaged communities. 

LocationOne (LOIS)

Database for information about sites, buildings, and locations for businesses looking to grow.

Risk Assessment & Business Continuity Planning

Resources provided as a guide to the business continuity planning in emergency situations.