Business Development Assistance

Starting and Growing Your Business

The business alliance of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Central Community College-Columbus Campus is committed to helping you build profitable businesses. We have many programs set up to provide the assistance you need. Following are key sources and contact information:
  • Assistance in learning about entrepreneurship and business courses offered at Central Community College, contact Doris Lux at 402-564-2769 or by email at
  • Assistance in learning more about industrial buildings and sites zoned for manufacturing and related uses, contact Dave Bell at 402 -564-3171, ext. 257 or by email at
  • For all other assistance please contact the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce at 402-564-2769 or contact Sandie Fisher at 402-564-2769 or by email at

Entrepreneurship Programs at Central Community College – Columbus Campus

The rewards of being your own boss are great, but so are the challenges. If you want to own your own business, Central Community College offers entrepreneurship and other business courses to assist you in business development and skills needed to get started. You can learn about opportunity analysis, marketing, finance, taxes, legal issues, and even develop a business plan. The college also provides Incubator support systems.

An 18-semester-hour entrepreneurship certificate is included in the CCC business administration. You can complete the certificate as an area of specialization within the business administration program or as a stand-alone certificate to develop entrepreneurial skills and develop a business plan. 

Columbus Campus Contact: Doris Lux,  402-562-1242, or
Courses in the 18-semester-hour certificate are:
Other courses to further your business education and skills and for specific needs are as follows:


The Columbus Chapter of Senior Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free counseling to persons considereing a business start-up or looking to grow their business. Our members come from various retail, service and industrial companies.

Many have worked as managers and owners in sales, engineering, accounting, apparel, construction, trucking, restaurants, and many other varied businesses.

You may contact Elda Reinhardt or Prent Roth at:
Columbus Score - Chapter 0162
3014 39th St
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: 402-564-2769