Business Resources

Community Economic Development – Rural Prosperity Nebraska (RPN) – Statewide

Rural Prosperity Nebraska harnesses boots-on-the-ground efforts of Nebraska Extension professionals working in six focus areas. Community Economic Development serves as one of the six pillars of focus.


To enhance citizen well-being, communities need grow a vibrant, competitive, and resilient economy. Rural Prosperity Nebraska has an evolving portfolio of tools and programs that can be tailored to a community’s assets and aspirations. The Community Economic Development team works in partnership with community leaders to build a stronger foundation for long-term sustainability and growth.  Our goal is to help communities become destinations for new residents, new businesses, and renewed vitality.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Nebraska Business Issues (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Market Research
  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Professional / Leadership Development (Specialty)

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)


  • Market Research
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based (Specialty)
  • Geographically Based (Specialty)
  • Industry Specific (Specialty)
  • Home Based (Specialty)
  • Small Business/General (Specialty)
  • International Trade

Economic and Site Development

  • Revitalization
  • Economic Forecast

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Nonprofit Development

  • Board Development (Specialty)
  • Strategic Planning (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Human Resources

  • Employee Development, Hiring and Policies

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program (Specialty)
  • Student Research Projects (Specialty)
  • Student Marketing Projects (Specialty)
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling
Contact Information
Marilyn Schlake
1625 Arbor Drive, Filley Hall (FYH) 58B
Lincoln, NE 68583