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Economic Gardening Program

Edward Lowe Economic Gardening

The Edward Lowe Economic Gardening program offers a new way of thinking about supporting second-stage growth companies, as well as letting business owners know how valuable they are to their local economies.

Economic Gardening addresses strategic growth challenges, including developing new markets, refining business models, and gaining access to competitive intelligence. More information is available on the Edward Lowe Foundation website.

DED will ultimately select and fund five Nebraska companies to receive Economic Gardening services in the Edward Lowe Economic Gardening program.

Entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) (chambers of commerce, universities, small business development center, technology councils, and economic development agencies) may refer second-stage companies that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • For-profit, privately-held companies headquartered in Nebraska for at least the past two years.
  • Generate annual revenue between $750,000 and $50 million.
  • Employ between 6 and 99 full-time employees.
  • Demonstrate growth in employment and/or revenue during any two of the past five years.
  • In addition to local markets, provides products or services to regional, national and international markets.
  • Are directly referred by an ESO.

The applicant referral can be completed online and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ESO Info Sheet

CEO Info Sheet

For information about this program, contact Nisha Avey at 402-471-1466, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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