Staff spotlight: Sam Tulp serves up success to business owners in Southeast Nebraska

Small Business
Small Towns

Entrepreneurs in southeast Nebraska looking to grow their businesses, find access to capital, learn new technical skills, and more, are in good hands.

Sam Tulp, the Center for Rural Affairs’ newest team member, is ready to rally for rural America as the southeast Nebraska loan specialist.

“My passion for small business and small towns comes from spending my formative years here in the Midwest,” said Sam. “I have seen the impact of local business on the communities where they sprout up, and I want to make sure they are able to flourish.”

Before coming to the Center, Sam worked in banking and lending for five years, primarily with the small business and Spanish-speaking community in Lincoln, where he has lived for seven years. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is working on his master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

“When I started working on my master’s, I knew I needed to find an organization like the Center where I could give back all that I have gotten from living in Nebraska,” he said. “I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with amazing staff and the incredible people who give life to our small towns.”

As a business lending specialist, Sam is on the lookout for new and existing businesses that could benefit from technical assistance and access to capital.

“This last year has cemented the importance of small businesses in my mind, and the Center is doing amazing work in supporting the people who make the good life in Nebraska possible,” said Sam. “I’m spending my time traveling throughout the region to meet the wonderful folks of southeast Nebraska, getting to know business owners, communities, and promoting the mission of the Center.”

Sam also offers support to entrepreneurs over the phone from his office, answering any questions they may have and connecting them with the funding and services they need to run their businesses efficiently and to be successful.

While he may not have grown up in a rural area, Sam knows the importance of rural America and works to better understand the needs of these small communities.

“We are at a critical time when rural communities require additional support due to the impacts of COVID-19, and we need these communities since they provide the food and resources that make the entire country run,” Sam said.

In addition to working to support rural businesses and communities, Sam loves exploring antique stores all over the state, cooking big meals for his friends, going to movies, and dancing at concerts.

Reach Sam at his home office in Lincoln, at 402.580.1007 or