Free online marketing strategies offered for small businesses

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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

Alma, Neb. - A workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs is set for Monday, June 12, in Alma, Nebraska, sponsored by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). The session focuses on online marketing strategies and will be held at Simmy’s, 819 W. Main St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

There is no charge, however pre-registration is requested so organizers have adequate materials. Please contact Terri from the Alma Chamber of Commerce at 308.928.2888 or

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’ REAP provides business training, technical assistance, microloans, and networking to small businesses in Nebraska. ​


Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues. 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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