REAP and Women's Business Center Training Events Calendar

The REAP Women's Business Center hosts various workshops including marketing workshops, business plan workshops, social media workshops, and more. This page is updated frequently so check back for updates.

REAP Activities:

Various workshops for small businesses - in English and Spanish - Grand Island, Neb.
Cost: Free!
Workshops: Facebook for Business – March 26, 9 to 11 a.m.; Food safety – April 9, 8:30 to 11 a.m.; My plate  – April 16, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Food demonstrations: 3 to 5 p.m. on April 20, May 25, June 22 (Health Fair), and July 27
Where: University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County, 3180 W Highway 34 – College Park, Grand Island
About: Various free workshops and food demonstrations are available for entrepreneurs. Also presented in Spanish.
Contact: Griselda Rendon, Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist, at griseldar@cfra.org or 308.850.4820; or Sandra Barrera, extension educator-CVI Latino small business program, at Sandra.Barrera@unl.edu or 308.385.5088 
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County

Online Marketing Strategies - Superior, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Saturday, April 21, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Superior Public Library, 449 N. Kansas St., Superior, NE 68978
About: Many small business owners get caught up trying to use social media but then forget the basic necessity of having a broader online presence. During this session we'll discuss building your online relationships using websites, email marketing and social media. We've blocked out time to answer your business specific questions. If you want to learn more about Facebook Twitter and other online marketing tools, this interactive session is for you!
Registration (required): Shanel at 402.879.3419 or superiorcc@windstream.net
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Superior Chamber of Commerce

Getting Ready to Start My Business - in Spanish - Crete, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Monday, April 23, 6 p.m.
Where: United Church for Christ, 440 E 12th St. Crete, NE 68333
About: How do you know if you have the right skills and personality to run a business? Is this the right time to start the business? Is there a big enough market for the product or service? If you have a dream for a business that provides a better life for yourself and your family, and makes southeast Nebraska stronger, this session is for you. Mabel Alarcon-Craven, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP business development consultant, who serves Spanish-speaking business owners and aspiring business owners in southeast Nebraska, will present the workshop.
Registration: Dulce Castańeda at dulce.castaneda@crete.ne.gov or 402.826.6405 or Alarcon-Craven at 402.598.2731
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and the City of Crete 

Hiring an Employee: What do you need to know? - Lincoln, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Monday, April 23, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Southeast Community College, 285 S. 68th Street Place, Room 213, Lincoln, NE 68510
About: What's involved with hiring an employee? Are you in compliance? You may not even be aware what questions you're not asking. In this seminar, we'll take a look at: necessary paperwork to complete when hiring a new employee; employer reporting requirements for the various federal and state government agencies; affording payroll taxes; workers’ compensation insurance: what is it and are you liable; and overtime rules: hourly vs salaried employees. Presenter J’Nan Ensz is a certified public accountant and managing member of Accounting & Business Consulting Group, LLC, near Beatrice. J’Nan provides expert advice for small, closely-held businesses whether they operate as sole-proprietorships, partnerships, or S-Corporations. She developed a niche market performing on-site accounting, tax services, and QuickBooks training as a QuickBooks Pro Advisor and travels throughout southeast Nebraska.
Registration (required): Contact Monica Braun at monicab@cfra.org or call 402.643.2673. 
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Community Development Resources

Tips for Measuring Your Online Success - Free Webinar
Cost: Free!
When: Tuesday, April 24, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Anywhere with an internet connection
About: Do you need help with your online marketing? Join Paige Cahill, a national trainer for Google’s “Get Your Business Online.” Paige will coach and connect you to free Google tools and online marketing best practices to help your business grow, get found and succeed online.
Registration (required): Click here to register.
Brought to you by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center, GROW Nebraska, and Google
Additional webinars: "Online Marketing: Get Found & Succeed Online" on Tuesday, Feb. 27, noon to 1 p.m.; and "Sharing Your Story Through Video" on Tuesday, June 26, noon to 1 p.m. (must sign up for each you wish to attend)

Business Plan Basics - Cozad, Neb.
Cost: $79, includes materials. Scholarships available for those who qualify
When: Wednesdays, May 2 to May 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Cozad Development Corporation, 121 W. 9th St., Cozad, NE
About: Five hands-on exploratory sessions designed for small business owners. Each session covers important information to complete a business plan, including marketing, goal setting, advertising/promotion, financial management, and customer relations. Course will be taught by Lorre McKeone, who has a background in business, finance, and communication. She is the founder of The Executive Extra, which specializes in customized training and facilitation services tailored to the specific needs of their clients.
Registration (required): Download a form here. Please mail or drop off the registration form and check (made payable to REAP) to Cozad Development Corporation by April 27.
Questions: Contact Nancy Flock, 308.534.3508 or nancyf@cfra.org
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Cozad Development Corporation

Facts You Need to Know to Start a Business - in Spanish - Lincoln, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Tuesdays, May 15 until July 17, 2018, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: El Centro de las Américas, 210 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
About: You have an idea for a business. What are your first steps? Learn how to start a business at this workshop series, presented in Spanish. Topics discussed at this how-to training include: What you need to look for when exploring your business idea; the appropriate legal structure for your business; basics on business planning; how to market and promote your products and services; how to finance your business; and much more.
Contact: Maria Al-Kafaji, El Centro de Las Américas, at 402.840.0750 or maria@elcentrone.org; or Mabel Alarcon-Craven, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP business development consultant, at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and El Centro de las Américas

Online Marketing Strategies - Falls City, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Monday, May 21, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Elk's Lodge, 1417 Stone St., Falls City, Nebraska
About: Many small business owners get caught up trying to use social media but then forget the basic necessity of having a broader online presence. During this session we'll discuss building your online relationships using websites, email marketing and social media. We've blocked out time to answer your business specific questions. If you want to learn more about Facebook Twitter and other online marketing tools, this interactive session is for you!
Registration (required): Amber Holle at directorccms@sentco.com or 402.245.4228
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Falls City Chamber & Main Street

Getting Ready to Start My Business - in English and Spanish - Crete, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m.
Where: UCC Church, 440 E 12th St. Crete, NE 68333
About: How do you know if you have the right skills and personality to run a business? Is this the right time to start the business? Is there a big enough market for the product or service? If you have a dream for a business that provides a better life for yourself and your family, and makes southeast Nebraska stronger, this session is for you. Prospective business owners are invited to learn about available resources at this free workshop. Mabel Alarcon-Craven, a Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP business development consultant, who serves Spanish-speaking business owners and aspiring business owners in southeast Nebraska, will present the course.
Contact: Dulce Castańeda at dulce.castaneda@crete.ne.gov or 402.826.6405 or Mabel Alarcon-Craven, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP business development consultant, at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP)

Civilian Active Shooter Training - Grand Island, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: June 9, 2018, 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County, 3180 W Highway 34 – College Park, Grand Island
About: The Civilian Response to Active Killer Events (CRAKE) program was developed to provide information on awareness and steps a civilian can take to increase their safety in these horrific situations. The CRAKE program focuses on three steps: avoid, deny, and defend. The training is free to attend.
Contact: Griselda Rendon, Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist, at griseldar@cfra.org or 308.850.4820; or Sandra Barrera, extension educator-CVI Latino small business program, at Sandra.Barrera@unl.edu or 308.385.5088 
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County

Cleaning Academy Certifiation Class - Grand Island, Neb.
Cost: Free classes; final exam is $50
When: June 15, 22, and 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., and June 16, 23, and 30, from 9 a.m to noon
Where: University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County, 3180 W Highway 34 – College Park, Grand Island
About: This six-session certification class will explore the best practices of the cleaning industry in terms of cleaning chemistry, price quotes for customers, and cleaning and maintaining different types of floors (wood, marble, tile, etc.), carpet, and bathrooms. Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) certification requires attendance at all classes and passing the final exam.
Contact: Griselda Rendon, Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist, at griseldar@cfra.org or 308.850.4820; or Sandra Barrera, extension educator-CVI Latino small business program, at Sandra.Barrera@unl.edu or 308.385.5088 
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County

Sharing Your Story Through Video - Free Webinar
Cost: Free!
When: Tuesday, June 26, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Anywhere with an internet connection
About: Do you need help with your online marketing? Join Paige Cahill, a national trainer for Google’s “Get Your Business Online.” Paige will coach and connect you to free Google tools and online marketing best practices to help your business grow, get found and succeed online.
Registration (required): Click here to register.
Brought to you by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center, GROW Nebraska, and Google
Additional webinars: "Online Marketing: Get Found & Succeed Online" on Tuesday, Feb. 27, noon to 1 p.m.; and "Tips for Measuring Your Online Success" on Tuesday, April 24, noon to 1 p.m. (must sign up for each you wish to attend)

Related Events:

Friday, May 11, to Friday, June 15, 1 to 4 p.m., "Idea to Value: Finding the business value of new ideas," at Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, in Lincoln, Nebraska. This hands-on clinic, hosted by the Nebraska Business Development Center, uses the WENDY KENNEDY methodology and tools to fully examine the value of your idea. At the end of the six-week program, you will be ready to successfully pitch your idea. We're looking for entrepreneurs with big ideas who are ready to start thinking in terms of business. Together we will explore solutions to business problems, potential routes for commercialization and in the end, define a value proposition and a pathway to growth. You will: analyze your innovation to determine its market potential, learn to attract the interest of investors and potential funders, and engage with other founders in peer-to-peer sessions. Cost: $300 per person ($150 refund when you document that you have taken a next step). Fee will include all materials. Call 402.554.2421 or ontact Rick Yoder at ryoder@unomaha.edu or Wei Jing at wjing@unomaha.edu during business hours to set up a meeting in order to ensure that the program is a fit for you and learn how to qualify for the refund. 

Saturday, June 2, “Recipe to Reality” seminar, at the University of Nebraska Food Processing Center in Lincoln. This one-day seminar is for all individuals interested in exploring the idea of starting a food manufacturing business. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline is May 20. Contact Jill Gifford at 402.472.2819 or jgifford1@unl.edu for an information packet.

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!

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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.