Expo connects idea people with business resources

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha is a thriving community for startups and small business according to some national experts.

Making connections with investors and other knowledgeable people is critical to getting a business off the ground.

Do Space in Omaha hosted an event Thursday morning to help give aspiring entrepreneurs a leg up.

Amanda Colanino said, “Omaha is a big, little town. Everyone knows each other and there's a lot of competition but there's a lot of family feel."

Amanda was at Do Space looking to grow her small business selling frozen dog treats, “hoping to meet other entrepreneurs to pick their brains a little bit to see what I could be doing differently."

The room was filled with vendors offering advice and resources to people like Amanda.

Jeff Main was there looking to connect with entrepreneurs he might want to invest in. He sees Omaha as a thriving area for visionary minds to grow their ideas.

“Omaha just recently has been one of the top 10 places for millennials to come and work,” he said. “It's been one of the top 10 places to attract startups. Omaha has a really vibrant startup community."

Main knows that the support and resources Omaha provides small business owners help drive innovation and make the city a standout community for startups.

“A lot of the new employment, as we all know, comes from small business and small businesses start with an idea with an entrepreneur with a vision and a passion and they attract fellow people who think like them and this thing just snowballs and turns into real business making real money and supporting the Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln economy."

If you couldn't make it to the expo, Do Space also provides resources online at startomaha.com.