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Starting a Business

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy. For those interested in controlling their own financial destiny, self-employment can be a way to achieve this goal. Small businesses with strong business propositions, well-developed business plans and a willingness to devote the necessary resources (time and money) may discover today’s economic conditions ripe for such an endeavor.

Start-ups are not for the faint of heart but careful, thorough analysis and planning can help mitigate the risk. Professional assistance is available to help potential business owners wade through the numerous, relevant, thought-provoking issues associated with the “should I or shouldn’t I” decision. The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) at University of Nebraska, Kearney, partner to provide information and expertise for those interested in starting a business.

Starting a Business

Developing a detailed business plan is an essential tool for a new business owner. Not only will a business plan provide direction but it will help facilitate the process of obtaining financing. The Guide to Starting A Business includes tips and tools to help you focus on what matters most during the research and planning phase. Click below for a Guide to Starting a Business.

» Starting a Business Plan

Community Connections

Starting your own business involves many decisions and can seem overwhelming. Accessing assistance from professional advisers can increase your chances for success.

An outside view of your business plan can provide insight and guidance. These professionals can assist you in making decisions based on data and facts; they provide a reality check. In addition to providing suggestions, an adviser can also be instrumental in identifying others who could be of assistance. 

Bellevue College
Central Community College – Entrepreneur Program
Doane University
Downtown Development
Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation
Nebraska Business Development Center
Nebraska Department of Revenue
Nebraska Secretary of State
Small Business Administration – Omaha Office
Chamber of Commerce


Link through the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce to member banks, attorney firms, accounting firms, realtors, and business counselors and consultants (including marketing, human resource, and graphic specialties).

Research Requests

Having the right information can help in your decision making process.  Information regarding  location selection, customer demographics and profiles, industry competitors, and much more is available.

Business Start Up and Counseling

Do you need to get your business concept from the idea stage to reality?  The Chamber and community partners can help.

Linking potential business startups to resources is just another way the Grand Island Chamber is committed to providing Direction for Business.


The Chamber’s Small Business Award showcases the incredible talent that drives many of our local small businesses. This award keeps our small businesses on the forefront of our community.


Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce
309 West Second Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: 308.382.9210
Fax: 308.382.1154