What do you need to know to start a business?

Starting a business is a daunting task.

If you've been thinking of starting your own business, we want to provide you with information and resources that will help you succeed. Join us at Starting Up – What Women Need to Know to Start a Business on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island.

All entrepreneurs are welcome to this one-day, no-cost workshop and luncheon that will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, hosted by Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) - Women’s Business Center. We are partnering with the FDIC, who, along with the Small Business Association (SBA) and REAP, are interested in seeing successful businesses grow our economy.

We will share the traits successful entrepreneurs and business owners possess and the first steps of starting up in the first segment. I will be speaking, along with Griselda Rendon, REAP loan specialist.

Many have heard the saying "Cash is King!" The Managing Cash Flow segment will discuss the importance of knowing about your financials. Speakers include Sarah Bennett of Nebraska Business Development Center, and Sandra Barrera, UNL Extension Coordinator for Community Vitality.

A Lender Panel will help potential business owners understand what is needed to obtain a loan. The panel is made up of Mike Marsh, lender relations specialist with the SBA; Griselda Rendon, REAP loan specialist; and Mirta Delgado, banker with Five Points Bank.

We will also hear from successful business owner Sara Canales, co-owner of Turbo Auto Sales. It is always beneficial to hear from someone who has started a business.

Breakout sessions will be presented in both English and Spanish. The Latino audience is very entrepreneurial. REAP has been working with this audience for several years and having sessions in Spanish will make it easier for them to understand the basics of doing business in Nebraska.

Previous conferences hosted by the REAP Women's Business Center have included sessions for those already in business. This conference will target those thinking of going into business.

For more information, please visit the flyer by clicking here.

The registration deadline is Aug. 17. Register by emailing monicab@cfra.org.