Nebraska Business & Entrepreneurship Reports

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Economic Development Reports

Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED)

DED’s research team creates reports, visualizations, and tools to support grant programs and businesses. Tracking data is a crucial piece to making informed decisions and measuring our state’s success.

Bureau Reports

Bureau of Business Research – Department of Economics – College of Business – University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The Bureau of Business Research (BBR) is an applied economic and business research entity of the College of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Results for Business Brochure

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry

A quick glance at our annual Results for Business shows just how your NE Chamber has been on the leading edge – a force of change – through it all.

Growing the Good Life

Blueprint Nebraska

Blueprint Nebraska is an organization of diverse business, industry, and civic leaders who came together to develop a statewide economic development blueprint for the next decade. Blueprint Nebraska held more than 60 events with over 2,000 participants in more than 30 regions of the state.

America’s SBDC 2023 Annual Report

America’s SBDC

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities, colleges, state economic development agencies and private partners, and funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

2022 Nebraska Venture Capital Report

Invest Nebraska

This report highlights the successes and critical impact that venture capital plays in technology-based economic development by financing science and technology companies in our state.

The Combine:  Annual Report 2022

The Combine

The Combine is a statewide initiative supporting high growth entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. The program consists of go-to-market support through mentorship and a capital readiness program, networking events, a group of partnering producers across the state, as well as incubation space on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

NBDC  2022 Annual Report 

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)

The NBDC Annual Report celebrates the economic impact of small businesses in Nebraska. In its pages, you will find not only facts and figures but the personal stories of NBDC clients testifying to the continued support of Nebraska’s business community. Featured are stories about the winners of NBDC’s annual business awards.

2021 Entrepreneurship in Nebraska

Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) & Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)

Through a review of baseline data on entrepreneurship in Nebraska, interviews, and a survey, the Entrepreneurship in Nebraska Report summarizes the key challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship development in Nebraska from the perspective of the statewide entrepreneurship ecosystem.

2022 Landscape Analysis 

Nebraska Tech Collaborative (NTC) & Aksarben Foundation

The report includes a detailed examination of the landscape of technology occupations and industries in Nebraska, with a focus on the contribution of the technological sector to the Nebraska economy.

COVID-19 Impact on Nebraska Businesses: Nebraska Business Response Survey Report

University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service

The State of Nebraska, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, the University of Nebraska, and several local project partners came together to develop and share the Nebraska Business Response Survey to understand the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the revenue and workforce of organizations across the state and find the best ways to support our business and nonprofit community during this crisis. This report provides an executive summary for the survey and analysis of quantitative survey questions by industry.

Round One Report – May 2020

Round Two Report- July 2020

Economic Impact of Franchising in Nebraska

International Franchise Association

Franchise ownership and the jobs they create offer career progression and economic stability. Franchises are the country’s largest job training program, fostering highly-skilled careers in a variety of industries.

Rural Poll

UNL Department of Agricultural Economics in partnership with Rural Prosperity Nebraska and Nebraska Extension

Traditionally, rural Nebraskans have not had a strong voice in state policy decisions. The Nebraska Rural Poll gathers the aggregated voice of rural Nebraskans and relays its findings to state lawmakers, ensuring the rural voice is heard. The goal of the Nebraska Rural Poll is to give local and state leaders a better understanding of the issues, challenges and concerns of Nebraska’s rural citizens. The Rural Poll is an annual effort that focuses on such issues as community, government policy, well-being and work.

Core questions are included every year; over time these core questions will provide insight about trends and changes occurring in rural Nebraska. In addition, each year rural citizens and government officials form an advisory committee that identifies key issues or topics to include in the survey. Poll findings are distributed to members of the Nebraska Legislature, staff members of the state’s congressional delegation, and other state and local leaders to facilitate their decision-making.