Carver Legacy Center Officially Opens in North Omaha


Nebraska’s first black-owned financial institution is reborn as the Carver Legacy Center, a financial and wealth-building system. In 1944, the Carver Savings and Loan Association opened. One of its four founders, Willie Barney, said it would help breathe new life into North Omaha. Barney said. The center includes the Hub, the Financial Center and the Revive Omaha Store. The unique model allows black business owners to explore their options, which co-founder Lynnell Williams says have historically been limited. “For many black business owners, that means once you get a ‘no,'” Williams said. “Most of them thought that meant a ‘no’ forever.” Every aspiring business owner will start with the hub, which focuses on coaching and technical support. “There are 10 key questions that we’ll ask each person, and then based on that, it kind of helps us understand them and reconnect them with resources, training, development opportunities,” Barney said. “If they’re looking to grow their company, there is a specific track for that. If they’re looking to start their business, there’s a track for that, too.” The storefront will sell and promote the products of local business owners. And, in partnership with American National Bank, the financial center will provide capital to potential homeowners and entrepreneurs. Williams said financial literacy is the top priority, especially as more and more payday loan businesses pop up. “People go to these places thinking there’s there’s quick help, but they find they’re stuck in debt, so we’re here to hopefully stop some of the madness and bring money management,” Williams said.

Nebraska’s first black-owned financial institution is reborn as the Carver Heritage Centera financial and wealth system.

In 1944, the Carver Savings and Loan Association opened. One of its four founders, Willie Barney, said it would help breathe new life into North Omaha.

“It’s been on the drawing board for a number of years, and we’ve taken it step by step to get to this point,” Barney said.

The center includes the Hub, the Financial Center and the Revive Omaha Store. The unique model allows black business owners to explore their options, which co-founder Lynnell Williams says have historically been limited.

“For many black business owners, that means once you get a ‘no,'” Williams said. “Most of them thought that meant ‘no’ forever.”

Every aspiring business owner will start with the hub, which focuses on coaching and technical support.

“There are 10 key questions that we will ask each person, and then based on that, it will help us in some way to understand them and reconnect them with resources, training, development opportunities,” Barney said. “If they’re looking to grow their business, there’s a specific track for that. If they’re looking to start their business, there’s a track for that as well.”

The storefront will sell and promote the products of local business owners. And, in partnership with American National Bank, the financial center will provide capital to potential homeowners and entrepreneurs. Williams said financial literacy is the top priority, especially as more payday loan companies pop up.

“People go to these places thinking there’s quick help, but they find they’re trapped in debt, so we’re here to hopefully stop some of the madness and bring some management money,” Williams said.

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