REAP and Women's Business Center Training Events Calendar

REAP Activities:

Feb. 7 to March 7, 2017 - Business Plan Basics Training on Tuesdays at the Nemaha County Hospital Classroom, 2022 13th St., Auburn, Neb. Sessions run from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. The training includes five hands-on exploratory sessions designed for small business owners. Each session covers important information to complete a business plan, including marketing, advertising/promotion, goal setting, customer relations and financial management. Your $79 registration includes course materials, scholarships are available for those who qualify. Click here for more information and a registration form, the deadline to register is Jan. 31. Contact Kim Berger, Auburn Development Council, at 402.274.3420 or with questions. In cooperation with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women's Business Center, this course is presented by Auburn Development Inc. and Nemaha County Hospital.

Feb. 27, 2017 - Budget Minded Marketing, Lincoln, Neb. at Community Development Resources, 285 S. 68th Place, Ste 420. Women business owners and entrepreneurs will learn effective and inexpensive tools to incorporate into overall marketing plans for eCommerce or brick and mortar businesses from Stacy Carlson, who during her eCommerce career learned how to apply these technology based concepts towards growing her business. There is no charge, but please pre-register to Monica Braun at or 402.643.2673 to ensure enough materials are available.

March 2 and March 9, 2017 - Quickbooks Training, Wayne, Neb. - A free two-part QuickBooks training will be offered for local entrepreneurs and business owners. The class will be held both nights from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Wayne Public Library/Wayne Senior Citizen Center, 410 N Pearl St #B. Computers equipped with QuickBooks will be available. A professional, Diann Ballard, owner of db Consulting, and Juan Sandoval, Center for Rural Affairs’ Latino Business Director, will assist individuals with setting up their books. For more information or to register, contact Sandoval at or 402.371.7786.

March 23, 2017 - Discover Independence Through Business Ownership, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Carnegie Building Conference Room, 218 N. Fifth St., Beatrice, Neb. This hands-on workshop focuses on business ownership opportunities, including semi-absentee ownership, allowing you to keep your current job while investing in your business on the side. Space is limited. Reserve your spot by Tuesday, March 21. To RSVP, contact or 402.228.5869. In partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, NGage and FranNet of the Heartland.

April 12, 2017 - 4th Annual Women Entrepreneur Conference, Grand Island, Neb. Save the date! Details to come. 

April 13, 2017 - Online Marketing Strategies 1 to 4 p.m., Holt County Economic Development, 429 S. 4th St., O'Neill, Neb. The session includes building your online relationships using websites, email marketing and social media. Time will be reserved for your specific business questions. If you want to learn more about Facebook, Twitter and other online marketing tools, this interactive session is for you! Diane Siefkes, a social media consultant from Lincoln, specializes in demystifying social media and email marketing for small business owners. Diane is the owner of dkSolutions. Pre-register with Darby Paxton at or 402.336.1504. This workshop is brought to you by Holt County Economic Development, REAP Women's Business Center, Small Business Administration and GROW Nebraska.

Related Activities: 

March 15 - May 9, Spring 2017 Nebraska Tax Seminars - The Nebraska Department of Revenue has posted a new schedule for Spring 2017 seminars. To register for a particular seminar, call the the number listed on that seminar in the schedule. The seminars are offered as a free service by the Nebraska Department of Revenue. For topics, dates, times registration information, please visit their website here.

March 16, 2017, MarkeTech Conference in Kearney, Neb. - More than a conference, MarkeTech is cutting edge training, valuable networking, and a technology showcase! 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Younes Conference Center. Learn more and register here. REAP Women's Business Center is a proud sponsor of this event.

April 1, 2017, "Recipe to Reality," a National Food Entrepreneur Program Seminar. The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center is offering a one-day seminar for all individuals interested in exploring the idea of starting a food manufacturing business. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Register by March 15. Contact Jill Gifford at 402.472.2819 or for an information packet.

April 3 to 4, 2017, Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods, Lincoln, Neb. A two-day school for individuals with little or no food science or food safety background. By law, processors of acidic foods must operate with a trained supervisor on hand at all times. This session is suitable for anyone requiring this certification, however, it has been designed for small food processors and those selling products at Farmer’s Markets' and other local events. For more information or to register, visit or contact Jill Gifford at 402.472.2819 or

At Your Convenience:

Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, an SBA webinar. What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview and explains how and why to protect your intellectual property. (30 minutes)

Government Contracting Classroom, a 3-part SBA course. Did you know the federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year? Government contracts can offer opportunities. But selling to the government requires a different approach.

REAP Online Training Classes, a varied slate of courses to fit your small business learning needs!


The REAP Women's Business Center (WBC) is a program funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All SBA Programs and Services are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested in advance.