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About Us

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is Nebraska’s center for cooperative based business development. NCDC provides education, training, and technical assistance to cooperatively owned businesses, be it a cooperative, an LLC, or other business structure.We are committed to creating sustainable communities in Nebraska where people work together to meet their needs and reach their goals. Our center provides technical assistance, education, and training for developing and existing groups. Our services are available for all types of business enterprises.

For 20 years the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) has been working with start-up and established "multi-owner" businesses throughout the state. NCDC is Nebraska’s center for cooperative based business development. We help facilitate the formation of new business ventures and growth of existing businesses by providing technical assistance, training and education programs.

Cooperative businesses are unique because they are autonomous associations of people united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. NCDC works with groups who are incorporated as or have an interest in forming cooperatives, LLCs and other "multi-owner" businesses.

NCDC Brochure (revised 2016)

Mission Statement

Dedicated to assisting people prosper in rural areas through cooperative business development.


"The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center has helped us develop our business and get the professional training we’ve needed to excel in our field. Thanks to the NCDC mini-grants, Farmstead First members have been able to attend conferences and get hands-on training from dairy professionals and participate in professional networking with cheese makers and cheese buyers across the country. There is no doubt that our business venture has benefitted from these experiences-thanks so much, NCDC, for your support!" -Krista Dittman, Farmstead First

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