Why Marketing Budgets Are Vital To Small Businesses

During many conversations with local Boone County businesses, we are often asked for help with marketing guidance. In order to get a better understanding of each business, we ask what their marketing budget is. Some common responses we receive are: My business utilizes free social media posts as our way to market our brand.  I […]

What is BCDA’s Business Loan/Gap Financing Program

Over the years, BCDA has implemented numerous programs to help Boone County entrepreneurs get their start or grow their businesses. One of our most used programs is our Business Loan (gap financing) Program.  So what is gap financing? In general, gap financing is the term used when a buyer requires financial assistance to cover a […]

Why Small Businesses Fail And How To Set Yours Up For Success

Running a small business is extremely rewarding, yet demanding at the same time. As a small business owner, you end up wearing many hats. You’re the marketing department, HR, customer service, bookkeeper, etc. It’s easy to see why so many small businesses fail when owners are being pulled in 100 different directions. “Studies have shown […]

Does Your Small Business Need a Website

A common question we get asked a lot from small business owners in Boone County is, “Does my business need a website?” The short answer is each business and its needs/goals are different, so it really depends on what you want to accomplish. But nobody likes to answer a question with another question. So we […]

How To Set Your Small Business Up For Success When You Don’t Have A Big Team

Small business owners are constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions, and in small communities like ours, it seems like every person wants to speak to the owner. By the end of the week, you have worked tirelessly to help your customers, but there is still a laundry list of things that need to […]

6 Strategies to Grow Your Small Business in 2023

The new year is upon us and it is the perfect time to sit down and evaluate what has been working for your small business over the last year(s) and what needs to be improved during this coming year. Of course, every business owner wants to see their business grow year after year, but that […]

BCDA Loan Program

BCDA Loan Program The BCDA Loan Program has proven to be especially advantageous to many local business owners. Leverage it by submitting your application.  Download the BCDA loan fund guidelines You might also enjoy

Nebraska Business Development Center Programs

Back to all NEBRASKA BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER PROGRAMS As their website says, “Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) helps strengthen Nebraska businesses for a healthy economy and prosperous communities. Certified consultants provide confidential, impartial services and educational opportunities for established and start-up businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals.” Visit them online to find out about all the […]

REAP Rural Entrepreneur Assistance Program

Back to all REAP Rural Entrepreneur Assistance Program The Rural Entrepreneur Assistance Program offers help to entrepreneurs in many ways. Use the links below to explore more or visit their website by clicking the button below! Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Business Assistance REAP Women’s Business Center REAP Latino Business Center REAP Loan Program Online Training […]