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Local Contacts


Pender Economic Development; Diann Ballard, Coordinator 

402-922-1652 or email:


Things we can help with:

  • Locating a building or office site

  • Utility contractors, hook ups or assistance with outreach

  • Connecting you with business and financial resources

Village of Pender

Contact Name: Holly Kinning

Contact Phone: 402-385-3232



Village of Thurston

Contact Name: Diann Ballard

Contact Phone: 402-922-1652



Pender Thurston Chamber of Commerce

Contact Name: Connie Wichman

Contact Phone: 402-385-3200



Frontier Bank

Contact Name: Mike Minert

Contact Phone: 402-385-3063



Charter West Bank

Contact Name: Derwin Roberts

Contact Phone: 402-385-3200


State and National Contacts

Nebraska Business Development Center; Loren Kucera, Consultant

402-375-7575 or email:


Things we can help with:

  • Business Planning & Loan Packaging

  • Certified Business Valuations

  • Organizational Development

  • Marketing Strategies

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project; Dena Beck, REAP Loan Specialist

Rural Enterprise Assistance Project; Kim Preston: REAP Specialist

402-687-2100 or email:        ​

Things we can help with:

  • Financing

  • Business Training

  • Technical Assistance

  • Networking 

We also have a REAP Women’s Business Center – assisting women entrepreneurs

In addition, there is a REAP Hispanic Business Center – assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs. Contact Juan Sandoval, the director, at 402-371-7786 or email

SCORE - Norfolk; George Phelps, SCORE-Co-Chair

402-316-1818 or email:


Things we can help with:

  • Free Business Advice & Mentoring

  • Industry specific business assistance

  • Assistance in stimulating growth and stability

  • SBA Loan assistance

USDA Rural Development - Norfolk; Bill Sheppard, Specialist

402-371-5350 or email:


Things we can help with:

  • Technical assistance to rural businesses that create jobs and stimulate rural economies.  

  • Rural Development also offers programs to provide the educational opportunities, training, technical support and tools for rural residents to start small businesses.

  • Assist citizens in acquiring training in vocational and entrepreneurship skills they can use in the marketplace and business sector.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development - Lincoln

402-471-3111 or email:


Things we can help with:

  • Business Plan Resources; Counseling; Training

  • Employment Registrations & Jobs Training Grants

  • Business Financing & Grants

  • Taxes & Tax Incentives


Nebraska Enterprise Fund – Oakland;  Jim Reiff, Program Manager

402-685-5500 or email: or


Things we can help with:

  • Providing loans to start up a small business in Nebraska

  • Provide Training/ Technical Assistance/ Loan Services to Micro Businesses


GROW Nebraska – Lincoln




Things we can help with:

  • Wholesale assistance

  • Provide Training/ Technology Assistance/ Micro Loans

  • Promotion & Publicity

Diann Ballard

Pender Community

Development Coordinator

PO Box 271 • Pender, NE 68047



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