The Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development is an entrepreneurial outreach center located in UNK's College of Business and Technology. The team focuses on providing effective small business counseling and education through quality programs, engaging activities, dynamic presentations, and high-caliber partnerships throughout the state. The Center works across campus to include all academic disciplines, as well as across the University of Nebraska system to include all University of Nebraska campuses and outreach organizations. Through these collaborative partnerships, CERD provides in-depth research that supports innovation and business development, reliable planning, and organizational strategy for both public and private entities.

Learn about the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development and how they will help you grow your entrepreneurial mindset.

Small businesses make up: 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms, 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs, 49.2 percent of private-sector employment, 42.9 percent of private-sector payroll, 46 percent of private-sector output, 43 percent of high-tech employment, 98 percent of firms exporting goods, and 33 percent of exporting value. Fill out our interest form to set up a meeting to discuss your needs. 

By The Numbers


net new jobs

created between 2000-2017. During this time period, small businesses accounted for a significant 65.9% of net new job creation in the U.S.


of small business owners

ranked their happiness level higher than 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Business owners seem happier and content with what they’re doing.


best state

to start a business. Entrepreneurs should seriously consider Nebraska when starting a business, as it boasts the 7th best labor market, 7th best access to capital, and 10th lowest cost of starting a business.

General Contact Information

Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development
West Center - #E127
UNK Campus, 1917 West 24th St.
Kearney, NE 68849
(308) 865-8199 


Sara Bennett
Phone: (308) 865-8199