North O Business Leaders Highlight Renaissance Revitalization

There’s a new push to revitalize North Omaha, starting with helping new business owners get on their feet. Douglas County is already sharing federal funds from the US bailout with business support organizations. North Omaha has a lot of potential, but business leaders say it will take support for new businesses to get where the community wants to be. For companies and start-ups in the region that want to succeed, the needs are very clear. “Access to credit and capital, getting technical assistance, whether it’s website design, accounting services, setting up operations, hiring. This are things we’ve heard fairly regularly from the companies we’ve spoken with over the years,” said Willie Barney, President and CEO of Empowerment Network. Barney co-founded the Carver Legacy Center, which focuses on building wealth for African Americans starting in North Omaha. He says the community has launched more than 300 businesses here over the past decade. And now state and local governments are making unprecedented investments here too. “Launching them is one thing, but how do you sustain and scale them? And I think that’s where we are right now,” Barney said. One way the City of Omaha is looking to help: selling nearly half a million dollars worth of goods for a new music and arts site in North Omaha. It’s right on 24th and the lake. “This is a place that will nurture the spirit of growth in our young people, nurturing critical-thinking young people,” said Dana Murray, CEO of NOMA. Murray told City Council on Tuesday that greater economic prosperity can be achieved by bringing people to North Omaha. “We have to build destinations to invite the rest of Omaha and what we have to sell – and that’s our culture,” Murray said. NOMA says the fundraising campaign will cost around $20 million.

There’s a new push to revitalize North Omaha, starting with helping new business owners get on their feet.

Douglas County is already sharing federal funds from the US bailout with business support organizations.

North Omaha has a lot of potential, but business leaders say it will take support for new businesses to get where the community wants to be.

For companies and start-ups in the region that want to succeed, the needs are very clear.

“Access to credit and capital, getting technical assistance, whether it’s website design, accounting services, setting up operations, hiring. This are things we’ve heard fairly regularly from the companies we’ve spoken with over the years,” said Willie Barney, President and CEO of Empowerment Network.

Barney co-founded the Carver Legacy Center, which focuses on building wealth for African Americans starting in North Omaha. He says the community has launched more than 300 businesses here over the past decade. And now state and local governments are making unprecedented investments here too.

“Launching them is one thing, but how do you sustain and scale them? And I think that’s where we are right now,” Barney said.

One way the City of Omaha is looking to help: selling nearly half a million dollars worth of goods for a new music and arts site in North Omaha. It’s right on 24th and the lake.

“This is a place that will nurture the spirit of growth in our young people, nurturing critical-thinking young people,” said Dana Murray, CEO of NOMA.

Murray told City Council on Tuesday that greater economic prosperity can be achieved by bringing people to North Omaha.

“We have to build destinations to invite the rest of Omaha and what we have to sell – and that’s our culture,” Murray said.

NOMA says the fundraising campaign will cost around $20 million.

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