We enjoy collaborative relationships with Omaha’s premier lenders in an effort to improve the Omaha Metro Area through concentrated community development.
Omaha Small Business Network (OSBN) has been one of the leading sources for small and micro-business development in Omaha since its inception in 1982. We’ve helped countless small businesses move from ideation to execution by providing below market-rate office space in the heart of North Omaha, start-up counseling programs as well as low interest rate micro-loans to those unable to access traditional financing. OSBN is located in the heart of North Omaha on the corner of historic 24th Street. OSBN maintains a 50,000 square foot facility which is home to over 25 small and micro-businesses. OSBN also owns and or manages several other commercial bays along the 24th Street corridor that are available for lease at an affordable rate.
Omaha Small Business Network (OSBN) is dedicated to bringing local small business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofits the tools needed to become successful and sustainable entities.
OSBN will provide financial support, commercial office space, professional development and training support for Omaha entrepreneurs
To support the Omaha micro & small business eco-system through assisting historically underserved and under capitalized entrepreneurs.
Innovation, Ideation, Collaboration, Community + Economic Development, Accountability
The Omaha Small Business Network (OSBN) is one of the premier sources for small business development in Nebraska. OSBN assists entrepreneurs and small businesses through the business development life-cycle with core programs such as business counseling, individual small business consulting, business plan development, micro-loans, loan package preparation, affordable commercial office for lease and kitchen space rentals.
The primary objective of the main OSBN facility is to provide below market-rate commercial office space to new and existing businesses. OSBN attempts to bridge the gap between technical assistance, entrepreneurial training and small business financing by providing entrepreneurs with the assistance necessary to identify potential pitfalls within their business and learn how to take the necessary steps to efficiently solve them while keeping the business operating successfully – all under one roof. The OSBN common facilities are also accessible to the entire Omaha Metro Area.
OSBN provides services to tenants and OSBN loan recipients including administrative support, training facilities, a computer lab and conference room spaces at no additional cost. OSBN also provides referrals, upon request, to low cost providers for bookkeeping, financial planning, marketing and communications services.
OSBN also partners with local businesses, community lenders and development centers including, Nebraska Enterprise Fund (NEF), the Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) and Catholic Charities lending programs to provide training in the OSBN facility.
The OSBN Microloan program provides a variety of loans up to $50,000 to help small businesses start and expand. Businesses requesting financial assistance from the OSBN loan program must meet several criteria including being located within the Omaha city limits east of 72nd Street. Interest rates vary between 6 and 10 percent for all OSBN Loans.
OSBN is proud to be a recognized SBA Community Express Loan lender. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides funds to specially designated intermediary lenders, such as OSBN, which are nonprofit community-based organizations with experience in lending as well as management and technical assistance. OSBN administers these SBA programs for eligible borrowers.
OSBN also offers low interest rate micro-loans to small businesses within the federally recognized Enterprise Zone in North and South Omaha. All Enterprise Zone loan businesses must be located within the Omaha city limits east of 72nd Street AND create employment within the areas of North and South Omaha where at least 51% of the jobs created are for residents of North and South Omaha.