Nebraska small business profile
In Nebraska, small businesses are vital to the financial well-being of the state’s economy. Their contribution is essential for economic growth since they make up almost all employer firms in the state. As entrepreneurs and innovators, small business owners represented a diverse group in 2004 and continued to keep the state’s economy productive. The Small Business Profile provides information on the performance of small businesses in the state using the most current federal data available. This Small Business Profile was prepared by the U.S. Small Business Administration and provides information on the performance of small businesses in the state using the most current federal data available.
 Number of Businesses
There were an estimated 151,088 small businesses in Nebraska in 2004. Of the 46,161 firms with employees, an estimated 96.8 percent, or 44,703, were small firms. In 2004, the estimated number of employer businesses increased by 1.2 percent. The number of self-employed persons (including incorporated) decreased overall by 7.9 percent, from 131,533 in 2003 to 121,163 in 2004. Non-employer businesses numbered 106,385 in 2002, an increase of 0.9 percent since 2001, based on the most recent data available.
(Sources: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration; U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau; U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)
 Women-Owned Businesses
In 2002 women-owned firms totaled 38,696, an increase of 16 percent from 1997, and generated $5.8 billion in revenues. Firms owned jointly by women and men numbered 25,249 with revenues of $6.3 billion. Women represented 32.4 percent of the self-employed persons in the state.
(Sources: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau.)
 Minority-Owned Businesses
In 2002, Hispanic-owned firms numbered 1,966, an increase of 37 percent from 1997. Black-owned firms numbered 2,092, an increase of 34 percent; Asian-owned firms numbered 1,459, an increase of 68 percent; American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms numbered 425, a decrease of 47 percent; and there were 9 Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander-owned businesses.
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau.)
 Business Turnover
There were an estimated 4,849 new employer businesses in 2004, 12.5 percent more than the previous year. Business terminations numbered 5,051 in 2004, an increase of 0 percent. Business bankruptcies decreased by 13 percent and totaled 207 in 2004.
(Sources: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment and Training Administration; Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau.)
Small firms with fewer than 500 employees numbered 40,177 in 2002 and employed 382,822 individuals, or 51.1 percent of the state’s non-farm private sector. Net job gains among firms with fewer than 20 employees totaled 5,650, while large firms with 500 or more employees lost 2,340 jobs between 2001 and 2002.
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses.)
 Small Business Income
Non-farm proprietors’ income, a partial measure of small business income, increased by 28.1 percent, from $4.8 billion in 2002 to $6.2 billion in 2003.
(Source: U.S. Dept. of Commerce.)
Commercial bank lenders are an important source of small business loans, and small firms usually rely on them for financing. Over the last 10 years the number of banks in Nebraska has declined. The Office of Advocacy has identified banks in each state that make the most loans to small businesses. This information is available in its banking studies at http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/lending.html.