Small Businesses Honored for Contributions to Nebraska Economy

Six Nebraska businesses were selected by the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC; to receive the Business of the Year awards. They were presented formally during a luncheon March 18 at the State Capitol in Lincoln that included representatives from the Unicameral, Nebraska Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger, and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley.

The following businesses were honored:
Champion of Small Business: American Agricultural Laboratory, McCook
Innovation Business of the Year:  Windcall Manufacturing (GrainGoat), Venango Government Contractor of the Year: Farris Engineering, Omaha
Sustainability Business of the Year: Sand Creek Post & Beam, Wayne
Manufacturing Business of the Year: Brand Hydraulics, Omaha
Export Business of the Year: New Grand Ocean International, Omaha.

NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  NBDC partners with the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Southeast Community College, Wayne State College, Mid-Plains Community College and Chadron State College providing services from offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island, North Platte, Wayne, Scottsbluff and Chadron.

In 2015, the Nebraska Business Development Center provided analysis, training and consulting to more than 2,897 businesses throughout Nebraska resulting in more than $359.8 million in cumulative economic impact for the state. For more information, contact Ellen Lincoln at (402) 554-6256 or visit