Our Purpose

In 2022, Nebraska jumped into the top 10 states for business, ranked number 7 nationally and number 1 in Midwestern states for business by CNBC.

The Nebraska economy has historically been one of the strongest in the nation. According to Blueprint Nebraska, during the Great Recession, Nebraska’s strong economy was able to withstand the recession, kept unemployment among the lowest in the nation at around 5%, and experienced a much higher GDP growth than the US economy. In May of 2022, Merchant Maverick ranked Nebraska the #1 most recession-proof state. 

Nebraska has consistently been considered a great place to work, live and raise a family. The overall cost of living is below the national average and ranks the 13 lowest. The 2022 America’s Safest States Rankings show Nebraska as the #10 safest state to live in. Additionally, Nebraskans have many scenic outdoor areas with endless outdoor activities. The most valuable attribute of Nebraska is its people. Nebraska has the friendliest people in the nation.

Heartland Independent Business Association draws upon the value proposition to recruit entrepreneurs to our state and showcases all the opportunities to young people who may be getting ready to enter the workforce and keep them in our state. The state has key opportunities in the private and public sectors, helping them focus on areas that will help increase small businesses.

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Heartland Independent Business Association fosters innovation and supports entrepreneurship:  the creation of new businesses and the cultivation of new ideas are imperative to Nebraska’s growth and economic stability.  

According to Invest Nebraska, our state ranked 29th nationally in venture capital, bringing in $185M. Nebraska must increase its ranking to compete with other states in recruiting people and corporations. 

HIBA is committed to working with organizations that foster entrepreneurial ideas and connecting those individuals with the capital available through public and private investors to make a dream a reality.  

These connections lead to our mentorship program and mentor network that includes experienced CEOs, entrepreneurs within the first three years of business, and experts in their industry. HIBA focuses on ideas and support, while existing organizations often focus only on talent and quality of life.



Heartland Independent Business Association draws upon the value proposition to recruit entrepreneurs to our state and showcases all the opportunities to young people who may be getting ready to enter the workforce and keep them in our state.