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Community Resources

Small Business Assistance

Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC)

UNO Mammel Hall, Suite 200 (67th and Pine) – (402) 554-6633 –
NBDC offers free small business consulting, workshops, webinars, and networking events.

Omaha Small Business Network (OSBN)

2505 North 24th Street – (402) 453-5336 –
The Business Technology Center is available to small business owners and the Omaha community in general and provides computer software training, business seminars and workshops, and small business consulting. The Enterprise Zone offers financial assistance to businesses located in North and South Omaha.

The Start Center for Entrepreneurship

(402) 287-7282 - Offers training for new and established entrepreneurs, mentorship opportunities, workshops, and classes.

U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE

10675 Bedford Avenue, Suite 100

SBA: (402) 221-4691 - Assistance with small business start up. Small business financial information.

SCORE: (402) 221-3606 – SCORE operates in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration. They offer one-on-one business counseling, monthly workshops, follow up mentoring and support, and a large collection of reference materials.

Telephone Assistance

Nebraska Public Service Commission - Nebraska Telephone Assistance Program

1-800-526-0017:  Assists low income individuals with obtaining and keeping telephone services by lowering monthly service and connection rates. Also provides reduced installation charges. To be eligible for the program an individual must be receiving assistance from Medicaid, SNAP (Food Stamps), Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or Children’s Health Insurance Programs. Applications can be obtained on the Nebraska Public Service Commission’s website, by calling, or by mailing a request to NTAP P.O. Box 94927 Lincoln, NE 68509.


Bellevue Human Services - Specialized Transportation

204 West Mission Avenue - (402) 293-3138 or (402) 682-6602: Emergency assistance for Bellevue residents. Programs include emergency financial assistance, food pantry, specialized transportation, holiday assistance, and information and referrals. Specific criteria apply for each form of assistance. Call for information.

Heartland Family Service - Ways to Work

(712) 435-5368: The purpose of Ways to Work program is to help low-income parents to buy reliable transportation necessary to remain employed and take their children to doctor appointments, daycare, school, and to access goods and services. Loans as much as $6,000 are available to qualifying working residents of Pottawattamie & Mills Counties in Iowa and Douglas, Sarpy & Washington Counties in Nebraska. The program does not compete with mainstream loan programs, but rather offers an alternative for high-risk people with a demonstrated commitment to achieving increased self-sufficiency, and who are intent on pursuing a higher degree of success in mainstream financial markets. Loans must be repaid and case management services provide support to ensure successful repayment of the loan. Offices are located in Omaha and in Council Bluffs.  Qualified residents are employed at least 20 hours a week for 6 months, the custodial parent of a child under 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license, an income 80% or less of the area's median income, and a challenged credit history.  For more information call.

Together, Inc.

812 South 24th Street- (402) 345-8047: Offers free Metro Area Transit bus passes for qualified individuals who have started a new job, but do not have reliable transportation.  Free passes are intended to assist until the individual receives a paycheck.  To receive assistance, you will need a photo id, social security card for everyone living in your house, and a current piece of mail dated within the last 30 days.  If you do not have these items, ask to speak with a case manager to assist you.

Youth - Mentors

Heart Ministry Center

2222 Binney Street - 451- 2321:  Youth males ages 7-16 and their mentors spend time completing various tasks in a group setting. A majority of these activities take place on a farm outside of Omaha and include such tasks as building birdhouses and planting trees. Once the designated task has been completed, participants fish or take part in sports and activities with their mentors.


Adult and Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-800-652-1999
Boys Town National Hotline 1-800-448-3000

TDD (for the hearing and speech impaired) 1-800-448-1833:  24 hour hotline to help parents, teens, and families with issues such as suicide prevention, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, parenting troubles, anger, school problems, chemical dependency, relationships, depression, and runaways. Spanish speaking counselors and translation services for over 140 languages are available.

CHI Mental Health Information and Referral Line

(402) 717-HOPE (4673): 24 hour information and referral line for individuals seeking psychiatric services or information. 

Heartland Family Service Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1-800-523-3666
Iowa Abuse/Neglect Reporting Hotline 1-800-362-2178
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-784-2433
Nebraska Children's Home Pregnancy Hotline 1-877-420-4747
Nebraska Family Helpline

(888) 866-8660: One phone call now connects Nebraska families to the help they need when dealing with their children’s behavioral problems and mental health issues. At the Nebraska Family Helpline, operators will assess immediate safety needs, identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis and/or make recommendations or referrals.

Nebraska Immigration and Legal Assistance Hotline

(855) 307-6730: Intake system for the area non-profit immigration legal assistance providers. Hotline hours and information available at