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:

QuickBooks Workshop - Chadron, Neb.
Cost: $65, limited to five participants per location
When: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Dawes County Extension Office, 250 Main St. #8, Chadron, Nebraska 69337
About: Jerry Terwilliger of the Center for Rural Affairs teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports. 
Registration (required): Dawes County Extension Office at 308.432.3373
Brought to you by: Nebraska Extension in collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Small Business Administration

Online Marketing Strategies - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Monday, Jan. 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Nielsen Community Center, 200 Anna Stalp Ave., West Point, NE 68788
About: During this free 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! Presented by Diane Siefkes, social media consultant. 
Registration (required): Kelly Gentrup at kelly@cumingcountyed.com or 402.372.6001
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center, Cuming County Economic Development, Inc., and Louis and Abby Fay Dinklage

QuickBooks Workshop - Scottsbluff, Neb.
Cost: $65, limited to five participants per location
When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Panhandle Research & Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361
About: Jerry Terwilliger of the Center for Rural Affairs teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports. 
Registration (required): Jessica Groskopf at 308.632.1247
Brought to you by: Nebraska Extension in collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Small Business Administration​

QuickBooks Workshop - Scottsbluff, Neb. (second session)
Cost: $65, limited to five participants per location
When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Panhandle Research & Extension Center, 4502 Ave. I, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361
About: Jerry Terwilliger of the Center for Rural Affairs teaches the basics of desktop QuickBooks, focusing on the record-keeping needs of farmers and ranchers. Participants will learn how to input transactions, use accounts, categories, inventories, invoices, and run common reports. 
Registration (required): Jessica Groskopf at 308.632.1247​
Brought to you by: Nebraska Extension in collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Small Business Administration​

Online Marketing Strategies - Holdrege, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: AgWest, 415 West 4th St. (NE entrance), Holdrege, NE 68949
About: During this free 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! Presented by Diane Siefkes, social media consultant. Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration (required): Register at this link; or Carley Bruning at carley@phelpscountyne.com or 308.995.4148
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center, Phelps County Economic Development, Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce, and South Central Economic Development District

LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for Biz - Wood River, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Wood River Community Center, 108 W. 10th St., Wood River, NE 68883
Schedule: 5 to 6 p.m. LinkedIn, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Facebook for Business, 8 to 9 p.m. Twitter for Biz. Sign up for one, two, or all three sessions. Each session is more in-depth than covered in the December marketing session. 
About: During Intro to LinkedIn for Business, we'll talk about why it is important for you and your company; how to use it to market your services; and how to grow your network. Diane will share tips to easily improve your profile. During Facebook for Business, Diane will share best practices; show the "back end" of your Facebook business page (Insights), and how to grow your audience and increase engagement. This is designed for businesses with a Facebook page but there will be tips to get you started. In Twitter for Biz, we'll discuss the whys and why nots of the Twitterverse, how to get more out of it, and which type of businesses should use it. Presented by Diane Siefkes, social media consultant. 
Registration (required): Sara Arnett at arnettsa@bankonheritage.com or 308.583.2262 ext. 17. Attendance at the previous seminar is not a prerequisite.
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and Wood River Vision Business Association

Related Events:

Friday, Jan. 19 to Saturday, Jan. 20“Biz Launch Weekend,” McCook, Nebraska. Turn your business idea into your business venture. The event is free and open to residents of Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Hitchcock, Hayes, Red Willow, and Furnas counties in southwest Nebraska. Nancy Flock, southwest loan specialist with Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, will teach a short session on financing. Dena Beck, senior project leader and south central loan specialist with Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, will serve as a business mentor. Registration is required and is due Jan. 12. To register, call 308.345.8124 or email koebell@mpcc.edu. For more information, check out our events page.

Saturday, Jan. 20“Recipe to Reality” seminar, University of Nebraska Food Processing Center, 1901 North 21st Street, #228, Lincoln, Nebraska. 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 and space is limited. The registration deadline is Jan. 5, 2018. Contact Jill Gifford at 402.472.2819 or jgifford1@unl.edu for an information packet.

Thursday, March 15, "MarkeTech Conference," at the Younes Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Featuring Jenn Herman, from San Diego, a social media consultant, speaker, and globally recognized Instagram expert. Jenn specializes in tips, resources, and training for small to medium-sized businesses that need to structure their social media strategies. The MarkeTech Conference, Nebraska’s premier conference on marketing and technology for businesses, strives to make national expertise affordable and available to Nebraska’s business owners, as well as those from surrounding states. For more information and to register, visit the conference website. Presented by the AIM Institute and Nebraska Department of Economic Development, MarkeTech is a program of GROW Nebraska. Also sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center.

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.