E-Ship Center

Columbus Area Business Incubator Center

Central Community College operates a Columbus Area Business Incubator Center (E-Ship Center) and Columbus Area Business Incubator Center at 1415 17th St. where they are housed on the first floor in the northwest corner of NPPD. The Columbus Area Business Incubator Center has five openings for start-ups to move in and build their businesses while getting advice and help from the E-Ship Center.  There is a training room and a conference room that is available for the incubator/affiliate businesses to use.

Promoting Business Ownership                

Mission Statement: The mission of the Central Community College Entrepreneurship Center is to develop and provide access to quality entrepreneurial education opportunities, entrepreneurship resources, and assistance for existing and start-up business.

What is the Columbus Area Business Incubator Center?

The Columbus Area Business Incubator Center is intended to provide support to new businesses and businesses that are in the early stages of development. The goal of the program is to facilitate the successful growth and development of emerging businesses. 

Who is Eligible for This Service?

Participants must demonstrate their potential to create local enterprises by attending the Become an Entrepreneur Workshop or completing the Introduction to Entrepreneurship college course, submit a business concept/plan, and financials. Applicants must present their application and business concept/plan for acceptance into the program.

What is Business Coaching?

The coaching process provides information to help guide you through your start-up process or take your business to the next level.

Affiliate Business

The affiliate business will be located outside the Incubator Center and will work with the business coach for a length of time or until the specific project is completed.

Incubator Resident Business

The incubator business is located within the Business Incubator Center once it has completed entrepreneurship training, written a business concept/plan and completed the interview process.

Currently the center houses three businesses.
  1. Nebraska Computer Center (computer repair, networking and parts sales)
  2. Creative Collectible Quilts and Crafts (quilting services, fabrics, custom sewing services and crafts)
  3. REDI Engineering (civil, mechanical and forensic engineering for buildings and machines)
Member Benefits
  • Business coaching services (one to four sessions monthly)
  • Introduction to resources
  • Business networking
  • Business plan review
  • Financial evaluation
  • Professional services contacts
  • Use of conference and training rooms (once per week)
  • Invited to Entrepreneurship Center activities:
  • Workshops, brown bag topics, etc.
  • Display business cards and brochure at the Business Incubator Center

Enhance Educate Empower

Resource Library

A large selection of entrepreneurial materials, books and resources are available for checkout. These resources can be used in-house for research and business development.

Conference Room

The conference room is a private location that you can use to meet with clients or to consult with SCORE. It has a white board for brainstorming or designing techniques.

Training Room

The training room is designed to provide current business training with computers available. Extended Learning Services uses the room to provide educational opportunities for the general public and entrepreneurs.