The COVID-19 outbreak has been an extremely difficult time for business owners across the world. Now more than ever, it’s critical to support local. We are here for our business owners, please reach out if you are needing assistance navigating through any of these resources, or to discuss a specific business need you may have during this time.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development

On May 27, 2020, Governor Pete Ricketts announced four new economic development grant programs that will help stimulate the Nebraska economy as we recover together from the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs are being funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. They are designed to aid Nebraska small businesses by providing working capital; provide retraining for the un- and underemployed; provide new training for business leaders; and increase rural broadband access.

Visit: for grant information.

Nebraska Business Development Center  

Business Resiliency Resources

NBDC seeks to provide you the information you need right now to support you and your business.

Nebraska Department of Labor

This will be beneficial as a resource for employers to assist employees that have reduced hours and are losing compensation due to the impact on the business from the Coronavirus. This also has links to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as well. COVID-19 Resources and Information

Any workers in a non-paid status due to COVID-19 may file a claim for unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment claims in Nebraska are filed online at

In addition to regular unemployment insurance benefits, employers also have the option of utilizing Short-Time Compensation (STC). The Short-Time Compensation program helps prevent layoffs by allowing employers to
uniformly reduce affected employees’ hours by 10 to 60 percent while permitting the employees to receive a prorated unemployment benefit. For more information, see the information on this page:

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). NBDC will update this site if Nebraska is approved for this Economic Injury Disaster Loan. SBA Press Release: (COVID-19)

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. SBA has put together several resources to help guide business owners.

SBA Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Small Business Development Center

Nebraska Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to help businesses who have been affected by recent disasters in Nebraska. The SBDC is using all available local, state and federal resources to help businesses recover and will work closely with communities impacted by these disasters. Our services include:

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Nebraska Procurement Technical Assistance Center(PTAC) is providing free, confidential assistance to Nebraska businesses. Our services include:

  • DUNS Number Request
  • System for Award Management (SAM) Registrations
  • FEMA Registration
  • Disaster-related Contracting Opportunities

Professional & Organizational Development

Prepare your company to resume business after facing a natural, technological or other disruptive event by enrolling in Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity certificate.

Topics Covered:

  • Disaster impact analyses
  • Hazard and risk management
  • Public and private coordination during events
  • Agency cooperation and communication
  • Continuity and recovery plans
  • Fiscal sustainability

For more information, see Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity.


SCORE COVID-19 Toolkits – SCORE HQ has made toolkits available on the Support Center of resources to support your clients and volunteers. All SCORE COVID-19 Resources can be viewed here.

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. CO— is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time.

Assistance for Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

BCDA, Inc. Gift Card Program

BCDA will match your gift card/certificate purchase dollar for dollar from any of these participating businesses, with proceeds going directly to the business, doubling their sales! ($500.00 cap per business!)

Participating BusinessesLocationHow to Purchase:
3 C’s Cleveland’s CaféAlbionCall: 402-395-6334, available for pick-up or can be mailed to customer. Or via Facebook messenger:
3 C’s Knotty PinePetersburgCall: 402-386-5488, available for pick-up or can be mailed to customer. Or via Facebook messenger:
Alida’s Picture PagesSt. Edward

Purchase at location during operating hours, or via FB messenger at:

Bliss Hair and Nail SalonPetersburgCall: 402-386-5226, available for pick-up or can be mailed to customer 
Clip n Curl AlbionCall: 402-843-6324 or 402-395-2223, or contact via FB: Rhonda Luettel, available for pick-up or can be mailed to customer 
Creative Window DesignsAlbionCall/email: 402-395-2992, 402-981-7395,
Fringe & Skin, LLCAlbionPurchase online at: or contact via FB:
Hair Razors Albion

Call: 402-741-0529 or via FB messenger:

Hwy 14 Brewing Co.Albion

Purchase at location during operating hours, hours listed on FB:

OR call: (402) 395-8733 to purchase over the phone and receive your card/certificate in the mail. 

Jarecki Greenhouse AlbionPurchase at location during operating hours, or call: 402-395-6194
Jean’s Custom FramingAlbionPurchase at location during operating hours, or call: 402-741-0460, or via FB messenger:
JoLee, LLCAlbionCall or text: 402-212-0110, FB:
Kay Nicole, Salon and MoreAlbionCall: Sheila- 402-741-0495 Call: Brooke- 402-741-0799, FB messenger:
Kelly Reigle PhotographyPetersburg Purchase via FB messenger: or call: (402) 741-0324
Leifeld’s Furniture PetersburgAlbion & PetersburgPurchase at location during operating hours, or call: 402-386-5487
Leifeld’s Furniture AlbionAlbion & PetersburgPurchase at location during operating hours, or call: 402-395-3387
LoCo’s Designer T’s & MoreAlbionPurchase at location during operating hours, call: 402- 395-2666, or FB messenger:
Nicole2Jane BoutiqueAlbion

Purchase at location during operating hours, or online at:

Sal’s ShoppeSt. EdwardPurchase at location during operating hours, or online at:
Shaylee Lynn Photography Albion

Purchase via FB messenger:

Shorty’s Ice Cream ShoppeAlbionPurchase at location during operating hours, FB messenger:
St. Edward FloralSt. EdwardPurchase at location during operating hours, via FB messenger: or online:
Studio K Joni KeysPrimrosePurchase via FB messenger:, or call: 402-741-2028
The Dotted DaisyAlbionPurchase via FB messenger:  or call: (402) 395-8279. Accepting payments through PayPal. Will be open from noon-5:00 pm on Friday 4/24 for people that want to walk-in or curbside. Offering $30 gift certificates for $25 and $60 gift certificate for $50.
The J Sports Bar and GrillAlbionPurchase at location during operating hours (drive-through), or call: (402) 395-6408
The Stirred PotAlbionPurchase at location during operating hours or call: 402-843-6334
Timeless Floral, Rentals, and Décor AlbionPurchase at location (curbside pick-up available) during operating hours, via FB messenger: or call: 
(402) 395-2430- Accepting credit card and Venmo. 

GOAL: Stimulate retail sales for local storefront businesses that are categorized as “non-essential”, which shall include any such businesses that have been mandated to limit or close operations completely during COVID-19 pandemic.
*Franchised businesses, branch retail, and convenience stores currently excluded.

Important deadlines: 

  • Businesses must contact BCDA to register to participate in the program by: Monday, April 20th, 2020 by 10:00 a.m. Please refer to guidelines for directions. Once registered, feel free to begin promoting your participation and this program to your customers so they are ready to purchase beginning Monday, April 20th, 2020! Update: Business registration now closed.
  • Gift card and certificate purchases made before Monday, April 20th, 2020 or after Friday, May 1st, 2020, do not qualify for matching funds. 
  • Participating businesses must turn in the required tracking log (found below) AND proof of sales to BCDA slot box on or by Tuesday, May 5th, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.