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Opportunities & Employment

Through a comprehensive approach that addresses both employment opportunities and supportive infrastructure, Tilden is dedicated to creating a thriving local economy that offers a range of job prospects for its residents. By focusing on attracting businesses, nurturing entrepreneurship, and investing in workforce development, Tilden is paving the way for a prosperous future that benefits both its residents and the community as a whole.

Creating Opportunities for Tilden Area Businesses
Introducing Business Technical and Financial Assistance 

In the 2022 general election, Tilden voters demonstrated their support for local economic growth by approving a Local Option Municipal Sales Tax that is funded by a city sales tax. This program is commonly referred to as LB 840. This tax has been specifically designated to support our business community with several resources, one of which is providing loans to small businesses in our area. In order to effectively manage these funds, the city has established a loan review committee and implemented a streamlined loan application process.

Since April of this year, the fund has been steadily accumulating revenue, with sales tax collections ranging from approximately $3,000 to $5,000 per month. This consistent influx of funds ensures the availability of financial resources for qualified applicants seeking to start or expand their businesses.

We are also pleased to announce that our city has been awarded a significant grant of $95,000 from the USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG). This generous grant will serve as a valuable supplement to our existing revolving loan fund, further enhancing our capacity to support local entrepreneurs and stimulate economic development.


If you are interested in applying for a loan, we encourage you to submit your application  for consideration. For a smooth application process, please submit your completed application and all necessary documents to Bobbi Pettit at FIVE RULE Rural Planning via email at The Tilden Economic Development Plan Loan Review Committee convenes on the second Tuesday of each month, as needed. To ensure consideration, kindly submit all required documents before the first business day of the month. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 


For any inquiries or additional information, you may reach out to Bobbi Pettit directly at or 308.455.3528.

Business & Entrepreneurial Resources

The Norfolk Area Economic Development Career Center is dedicated to fostering growth, sustainability, and success for entrepreneurs, new businesses, existing businesses, and transitioning businesses in Norfolk neighboring towns. Their mission is to streamline services and connect businesses and entrepreneurs to the programs and resources that will help businesses in our region thrive, allowing them to focus more on the bottom line and less on overcoming challenges.


Reach out to their team today at 402-844-2260 or, and let them connect you with the abundant resources available right here in Northeast Nebraska. Working together to unlock the full potential of your business and your future dreams and aspirations.

"SourceLink Nebraska: Your Gateway to Business Resources and Collaboration"

SourceLink Nebraska is a comprehensive statewide platform that serves as a central hub for individuals seeking nonprofit, education, and government resources to either initiate or expand a business in Nebraska. This initiative, established in 2018 through collaboration between the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), Nebraska Extension, and Rural Prosperity Nebraska (RPN), brings the SourceLink® framework to the state.

By providing a robust infrastructure, SourceLink Nebraska significantly enhances the accessibility and transparency of resources within Nebraska's economic development ecosystem. It facilitates seamless coordination of services across the state, addressing regional resource gaps, and fostering collaboration among resource partners.


Through the SourceLink Nebraska website, users gain access to various valuable features. The Resource Navigator®, a searchable database, connects entrepreneurs with appropriate resource partners. The website also offers a calendar of events, inspiring stories about successful business owners and entrepreneurs, business startup guides, and Enlighten—a virtual library of on-demand training videos designed to assist entrepreneurs and businesses on their journey to success. With its user-friendly interface and comprehensive offerings, SourceLink Nebraska serves as a powerful tool for Nebraska's entrepreneurial community, existing business owners, and resource partners alike.

Northeast Community College Workforce Development

Northeast Community College

801 E. Benjamin Ave.

Norfolk, Nebraska 68701

(402) 371-2020 or (800) 348-9033

In order to strengthen and enhance the competitiveness of local businesses and organizations, Northeast Community College (NECC) based in Norfolk, Nebraska has partnered with the region.  


NECC offers a range of training and value-added solutions, catering to the needs of businesses and employees, enabling them to stay ahead in today's dynamic business and industry landscape while preparing for the future. 


NECC's Workforce Development services include: 


Customized Training:

NECC provides tailored training programs to meet the specific needs of businesses and organizations in Tilden and the surrounding areas. These programs are designed to equip employees with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their roles. 


Small Group Employee Training:

NECC offers small group training sessions, ensuring personalized attention and effective learning outcomes. This approach fosters collaboration and interaction among employees, facilitating their professional growth. 

Coaching and Consulting:

NECC provides coaching and consulting services to assist businesses in optimizing their operations and improving overall performance. Expert guidance is offered in areas such as leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational effectiveness. 


NECC conducts assessments to identify skill gaps and areas for improvement within an organization. These assessments help businesses and employees gain valuable insights into their strengths and areas that require further development. 

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