Free QuickBooks training set in Laurel

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Juan Sandoval,, 402.371.7786
Rhea Landholm,, 402.687.2100 ext. 1025

Laurel, Neb. - A free two-part QuickBooks training will be offered for local entrepreneurs and business owners this month, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center.

The sessions are set for Tuesday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. The class will be held in Laurel, Neb., at Security National Bank, 202 E. Second St.

“In this economy, many, if not most, small businesses are operating on very tight budgets to simply get by,” said Sandoval. “Resource providers and business owners see the great need for bookkeeping training. Improving bookkeeping is a way to tighten up in these economic times.”

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.

“This really helped me with my operation,” wrote one past participant in their course evaluation. “The system needs to be set up right, with information entered correctly so that the reports are accurate. This was the best thing for me, and was also very useful for working with my banker.”

There is no cost for the class. Pre-registration is required. The classes are offered through the Latino Business Center and Women’s Business Center, both programs of Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

“Accurate recordkeeping can be very beneficial to the success of a small business owner’s business,” Sandoval said. “It helps when tax time comes around, and they have the needed information. It can quickly help identify past due accounts and collect those accounts in a more timely manner. That helps cash flow and viability.”

For more information or to register, contact Sandoval at or 402.371.7786.

Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project receives funding from the Nebraska Business and Innovation Act, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture and other sources. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All Small Business Administration funded programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency will be made if requested in advance.