O’Brien to serve small businesses in southeast Nebraska

Small Business

Casey O’Brien, loan specialist, caseyo@cfra.org, 402.580.1007; or Teresa Hoffman, senior communications associate, teresah@cfra.org, 402.687.2100, ext. 1012

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has recently hired Casey O’Brien, of Lincoln, Nebraska, as a loan specialist.

O’Brien’s role is to work with new and existing small businesses to help them develop business plans, obtain funding, and receive training. He also assists entrepreneurs with technical assistance and business counseling, as well as guides potential homeowners through the process of obtaining housing loans.

“Working with the people of rural America is truly rewarding,” O’Brien said. “Getting the opportunity to interact with people in their communities, and really getting out among them is one of my favorite aspects of this job.”

Kim Preston, lending services director with the Center, says O’Brien makes an excellent addition to the Center team.

“Casey brings a strong background in rural communities and has the skills necessary to analyze and assist businesses as they start and grow stronger in rural Nebraska,” said Preston. “He has firsthand experience with the agricultural economy that will help him accommodate the 28 counties he serves.”

The loan specialist oversees southeast Nebraska including Adams, Butler, Cass, Clay, Douglas, Fillmore, Gage, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Merrick, Nance, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, Webster, and York counties.

O’Brien grew up in rural Idaho, where his family farmed and ranched. He has done farming contract work in North and South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, before transitioning into the world of business and insurance in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado.

He is based out of the Center’s office in Lincoln at 215 Centennial Mall S., Suite 511. Appointments are required. He can be contacted at caseyo@cfra.org or 402.580.1007.

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