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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

College Program Promotes Developing Small Business


January 24, 2018

The company changes. It could be new owners, a reduction in staffing or a new management style. The change results in employees deciding to accept the change, move to a new community or possibly follow a dream and hang their own shingle.

Western Nebraska Community College has a program to help people considering doing business their way. A lunch meeting was held Friday, Jan. 19, at WNCC for prospective business owners to meet agency representatives and other people considering entrepreneurships.

The meeting was lead by Paula Abbott, MSM, WNCC Sidney Campus Director.

“We don’t want to see jobs go away. We want to see them grow,” said Bryan Venable.

Venable is the Business Resource and Social Enterprise Fund Manager for the Panhandle Area Development District. PADD is a public non-profit council of governments serving the 11-county Panhandle area, according to the PADD website.

Organizations represented Friday include Western Nebraska Community College, the City of Sidney, Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce, the Nebraska Department of Labor, Nebraska Business Development Center(USDA), Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and PADD.

Jerry Terwilliliger, representing the REAP program, said loans are available from $10 to $150,000 for new businesses. He said the loan application and business plan are available online. He added the program focuses on collaboration.

“One of the things we do is to work closely with the other service providers,” he said.

Margaret Aiken, Scottsbluff Center director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, said her office provides general business counseling. It doesn’t have to be more than a concept to justify a discussion, she said.

“If you have an idea, and not sure if it is feasible, we can get together,” she said.

One program discussed is the Nebraska One-Stop Business Registration. The program is designed to lead potential business owners through the process of setting up a new business.

Abbott said WNCC is doing some restructuring of its own, which will open opportunities for entrepreneurs wanting a place to start their business concept. She said one of the biggest costs of a business is start-up expenses. WNCC is offering space at the campus for up to two years at no cost.

The overall theme of the lunch meeting was for people to network with each other and with government and private agencies designed to help business concepts become reality.

“The No. 1 thing is just call somebody,” said Abbott.


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