Registration is still open for women’s business conference

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Monica Braun, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center director,, 402.643.2673; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

Grand Island, Neb. - Entrepreneurs continuously seek opportunities to share, learn and network. The fourth annual Women Entrepreneur Conference on April 12, 2017, provides these opportunities.

The one-day conference, sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center and the Small Business Administration (SBA), takes place in Grand Island at Boarders Inn & Suites, 3333 Ramada Road. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and close by 3:30 p.m.

“When women entrepreneurs come forward to share their experiences, they are inspiring to others who are working to create successful businesses in rural Nebraska,” said Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center director.

The business conference gathers women from across the state and features resources for entrepreneurs. Opening remarks will be offered by Braun and Kathleen Piper, Nebraska SBA deputy district director. Lunch is included in the registration.

Stacy Carlson, of Maly Marketing, will guide business owners through “Customer Discovery” to learn who their customers are and identify who their “perfect customer” is. “Maximizing your Marketing Dollars” with Judy Pederson, owner of ProPrinting Graphics, will show entrepreneurs how to use their budgets wisely to make digital and print marketing work for their businesses. Third-year students from Weibling Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law will lead a session answering legal questions on business structure and changes to the labor standards for small businesses.

“This event brings together successful and aspiring women business owners to support and encourage one another,” said Braun.

Sessions to gather resources and network with other entrepreneurs are also on the agenda. The day wraps up with a panel of local entrepreneurs who will share their challenges, rewards and best advice for business owners.

Read the full agenda and register online for the fourth annual Women Entrepreneur Conference at

For more information, please contact Braun at or 402.643.2673.   


Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center receives funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA Microloan Program and SBA Women’s Business Center), United States Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Business and Innovation Act through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, United States Department of Treasury, Peter Kiewit Foundation and other sources. 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. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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