The owners of 12 small businesses in Omaha are being honored for their successes over the past five years.
The business owners graduated from a Microbusiness Training and Development Program. The Catholic Charities program provides technical assistance and some loan funding for aspiring small business owners.
Catholic Charities executive director John Griffith says over the past ten years, graduates have created 350 businesses and 700 jobs.
"We think it’s very important to those families to have this opportunity to work in partnership with a number of area banks as well as the Department of Economic Development and the Nebraska Enterprise Fund, who are also partners in this effort with us, to provide this opportunity for these families that really have proven that they have what it takes to be successful."
Griffith says the program has grown in popularity as more families look to start their own business or bring in a second income. This is the 20th anniversary of the Microbusiness Training and Development Program.
The 12 business owners were recognized Wednesday.