Greater Nebraska Business Center
What is the GNBC?
UNL’s Greater Nebraska Business Center is a formal partnership of business service staff from the Northeast (Norfolk/Concord), West Central (North Platte) and Panhandle (Scottsbluff) Research and Extension Centers, the Southeast Research and Extension Center, and the ARDC.
Currently, there are eight business centers within the UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). Each business center includes a manager and staff members who handle human resources/payroll, accounting, grant administration and other specialized services.
The development of business centers was a response to several factors, including budgetary issues facing the University, limited financial and human resources, and the University of Nebraska wide Administrative Systems Project implementation of the SAP management software. SAP allows the University to operate one business system for financial management, budgeting, human resource and payroll functions.
By leveraging expertise to develop best business practices, review internal controls, and solve problems jointly, the business center concept improves business processes in a cost effective manner. The framework of a business center also provides the mechanism for improving communications by sharing innovative ideas, improving use of technology, and managing change. Since 2003, the business staff at the ARDC has provided professional, high-quality administrative support services to the faculty, staff and administration within the ASSIST Business Center.
Effective July 1, 2010, the business staff at the ARDC will join the Greater Nebraska Business Center (GNBC) team. The reorganization opportunity unites the business teams and will strengthen the support to faculty and staff served by the Nebraska Research and Extension Centers. The ASSIST Business Center, under new leadership and with current Lincoln-based support staff, will continue to serve IANR departments. However, ASSIST and the GNBC will have a reciprocal relationship. For example, some of the financial and payroll responsibilities will be shared and backup personnel resources will be provided when needed.
- Ruby Urban
- 1071 County Road G
- Ithaca, NE 68033