Small business academies set in Grand Island

Small Business

Jessica Campos, Center for Rural Affairs Women's Business Center director,, 402.870.1521; Raul Arcos-Hawkins, business development specialist,, 308.833.0260; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA – Two free workshop series are scheduled for local entrepreneurs and business owners in Grand Island. These events will be offered in Spanish and are sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs, in partnership with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Both courses will take place at College Park, 3180 Highway 34, in Grand Island.

Feb. 18 and 25, and March 3, 10, and 17: Construction Academy
This five-day course will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. RSVP by Feb. 14. The workshop will be presented by Chief Construction, BD Construction, and Dvorak & Donovan Law Group. Additional partnership includes Nebraska Building Chapter.

Feb. 28 and 29: OSHA (10-hour course)
RSVP by Feb. 21 for this two-day session focusing on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At the end of this course, attendees will obtain a 10-hour completion card. 

“Small business owners and managers, and entrepreneurs in these fields need more opportunities in rural areas to complete requirements and certifications specific to the construction industry,” Campos said. “The idea for these academies came out of a partnership between Hall County Extension, the Center for Rural Affairs, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.” 

To register, contact Raul Arcos-Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or

Visit for more information. Center for Rural Affairs provides loans, business training, technical assistance, and networking to small businesses in Nebraska.