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Green Business Owner Receives 7(a) Loans to Purchase Drill and Achieve Growth

There are a lot of Ideas for Green Energy, and an Omaha-area Company is Putting One of Those Ideas Into Place Geothermal Green Team is a 10-person engineering firm working out of a cramped office on the second floor of a warehouse in Gretna, NE. They’ll never feel comfortable in cubicles, and their meetings are out in the mud at a busy job site, with boots and work shirts instead of oxfords and ties. Glancing around their dimly-lit office with the dingy floor, wall decorated with a large white board, progress of jobs scrawled seemingly haphazardly, these guys seem at first unlikely to be on the cutting edge of renewable technology.

Here’s how they end up saving their customers an average of 30 percent or more off their energy bills. Drilling several holes 500 feet into the near-constant 50-degree ground, the team stretches a length of polyethylene pipe from the structure to the surrounding soil and back. While a common air conditioner in the steamy Nebraska summer ... Read More

Lincoln Technology Firm Named 2010 Nebraska Small Business of the Year

James Bowen and Nick Bock, and their company, Five Nines Technology Group, LLC, located in Lincoln, NE., have been named the Nebraska Small Business of the Year for 2010 by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The information technology firm was nominated for the honor by Marisol Rodriguez, Director, Nebraska Business Development Center, Lincoln, NE.

“Five Nines mission is bringing business intelligence and a passion for technology to every client interaction,” say Bowen and Bock.

Five Nines is an information technology company providing managed services, IT support, and consulting services to small- and medium-sized businesses in the Midwest.

Their company name is a nod to a measure of computer operating system reliability of 99.999 percent, which translates to a total downtime of only five minutes and fifteen seconds per year.

An SBA-backed line of credit from Cornhusker Bank in December 2008 was crucial to drive... Read More

Lender Receives Recognition for Commitment to Growth for Small Business Owners

Fast Growth, Personal Enthusiasm Define Nebraska’s Community/Rural Lender of the Year

They’re pugnacious and they’re hungry, and they’ll show some hustle to get their customer a loan. So the bank has extra paperwork to do to put a restaurant into a loan backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to improve the eatery’s cash flow? “Bring it on,” said Kathryn Barker, Centennial Bank’s Vice President for Business Banking, from her office in the bank’s main branch on S. 145th. St. in Omaha.

For attitude and results, Centennial has been named the 2010 SBA Community/Rural Lender of the Year for Nebraska.
Centennial, in the face of a credit crunch and a deep recession, has seen its assets and loan volume shoot up dramatically over the past two years. In 2009, the bank saw its loan volume rise by more than 22 percent and assets by 28 percent.

Starting in 2006, Bank President John Sorrell led the effort to grab a niche in small business... Read More