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March 19, 2018

Center for Entrepreneurship Hosts Lincoln Service Center

Center for Entrepreneurship Hosts Lincoln Service Center
Umeda Islamova comes to Howard L. Hawks Hall, as the new director of the Lincoln Service Center.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship provides unique resources to the local business community which will now expand under a new partnership with the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) Lincoln Service Center. Serving Lincoln and southeast Nebraska, the Lincoln Service Center provides business planning, loan packaging and financial analysis.

The center receives most of its client referrals from area lenders. Due to federal and state funding, it charges no fees for basic services.

Dr. Sam Nelson, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and assistant professor of practice in management, believes the Lincoln Service Center meshes perfectly with his organization’s mission. He recently welcomed Umeda Islamova to Howard L. Hawks Hall, as the new director of the Lincoln Service Center. 

“We are thrilled to have Umeda join our team,” said Nelson. “Her passion for small business development and extensive experience are valuable assets for the Lincoln and southeast Nebraska business community and our stakeholders. Umeda will provide professional consulting to businesses throughout the area.  Her leadership will help grow small business and economic development, and will assist businesses in launching, sustainability issues, growth and transition.” 

Islamova received her MBA and bachelor’s degrees from Nebraska Business, and grew up in a family of small business owners.

She previously held positions at Presage Analytics, ISoft Data Systems and NUTech, where she gained extensive management and advising experience in the startup and small business community. Her experience includes successful grant funding applications, marketing skills, financial analysis and a proven enthusiasm for building relationships that aid in the growth and success of local businesses.  

NBDC is a cooperative program of the U.S. Small Business Administration 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 and Chadron State College to provide consulting and business support services from offices in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island, North Platte, McCook, Wayne, Scottsbluff and Chadron.

For more information about the Lincoln Service Center, contact Islamova at