Free online marketing strategies for small businesses offered in June; Classes offered in Valentine and Ainsworth

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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

Lyons, Neb. - Two workshops for small businesses and entrepreneurs are set for next month in Valentine and Ainsworth, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project. Both sessions focus on online marketing strategies.

There is no charge, however pre-registration is requested so organizers have adequate materials.

Tuesday, June 6,

6 to 9 p.m.
Mid-Plains Community College, 715 E. Hwy 20, Valentine
Pre-register by contacting Mid-Plains Community College at 402.376.8033 or
Sponsors include Valentine/Cherry County Economic Development Board, Mid-Plains Community College, REAP Women’s Business Center, and GROW Nebraska

Wednesday, June 7

1 to 4 p.m.
Ainsworth Conference Center, 606 E. Fourth St., Ainsworth.
Pre-register by contacting North Central Development Center at 402.387.2727 or
Sponsors include North Central Development Center, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP Women’s Business Center, and GROW Nebraska

During the sessions, participants will learn about building online relationships using websites, email marketing, and social media. Time will be given for questions that participants may have about their own businesses.

“Many small business owners get caught up trying to use social media, but then forget the basic necessity of having a broader online presence,” said Monica Braun,REAP Women’s Business Center director at the Center for Rural Affairs.

The presenter, Diane Siefkes of Lincoln, Nebraska, a social media consultant and owner of dkSolutions, specializes in demystifying social media and email marketing for small business owners.

“I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone who has started or is planning to start a business,” commented a past participant. “Last spring I attended an online marketing and social media workshop that quickly helped me realize just how imperative and beneficial strategic marketing plans are.”

Visit for more information. Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) provides business training, technical assistance, microloans, and networking to small businesses in Nebraska.  


Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center receives funding from the Small Business Administration, 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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