Director of the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business Administration, Welbourne works with students and the community to foster Nebraska entrepreneurship. The efforts include a new venture competition with a grand prize of $50,000 to help UNL students finance a prize-winning business proposal.
Director of the Bureau of Business Research at UNL, Thompson annually publishes a state by state entrepreneurship index, ranking states by their friendliness to entrepreneurial activity. Economist William Walstad is co-author of the State Entrepreneurship Index.
Walstad and Eric Thompson, director of the Bureau of Business Research in the College of Business Administration, annual publish the State Entrepreneurship Index, which ranks states by their friendliness to entrepreneurial activity.