REAP Women's Business Center Provides Training Opportunities

Several REAP staff were involved in presenting or assisting with the Center for Rural Affairs’ MarketPlace conference in February during National Entrepreneurs Week. It was a great time for learning and networking! Mark your calendars for February 23, 2011 for the fifth MarketPlace conference in Kearney!

A REAP Roundtable has formed in the Columbus area. Eight business owners gathered on March 11 to share information about their businesses and discuss social media marketing opportunities. They plan to meet monthly and offer educational opportunities for growing their businesses.

The WBC co-sponsored David Buchholz, David & Associates, at the PK I&E meeting in Holdrege on March 15. He presented information on marketing and advertising with limited funds.

Five more laptops have been added to the REAP WBC’s traveling computer lab. With the QuickBooks program installed, we continue to provide bookkeeping training for our small businesses. The Merrick County Foundation collaborated with REAP using BECA funds to host a QuickBooks session in Palmer on March 20. Other communities hosting sessions in recent months have been Central City and Minden.

REAP Business Specialists Dena Beck and Nancy Flock have moved REAP into the world of social networking by creating a REAP Facebook page. Check it out and become a FAN! Training opportunities and other useful items are posted on a regular basis. A Facebook for Business session has been offered in Minden.

The WBC is collaborating with Economic Development groups in North Central Nebraska to host Frank Haverkamp in Valentine on April 28. Frank is with Sunbelt Networks and will present “Maximizing the Value of Your Business.”

Contact: Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center Director, monicab@cfra.org or 402.643.2673, for more information on these activities.