REAP and Women's Business Center Training Events Calendar

The REAP Women's Business Center hosts various workshops including marketing workshops, business plan workshops, social media workshops, and more. This page is updated frequently so check back for updates.

If you represent a community group - such as a chamber of commerce, economic development agency, library, etc. - and are looking to host an event in your community, contact Anna Pratt, Women's Business Director, at wbc@cfra.org or 402.687.2100 ext. 1024.

Office Hours:

West Point, Nebraska
Third Thursday of each month - Lori Schrader, loan specialist, will be available at the West Point Chamber of Commerce, 200 Anna Stalp Ave., West Point, Nebraska, from 2 to 4 p.m. Contact Schrader at 402.687.2100 ext. 1026 or loris@cfra.org to set up an appointment.

REAP Activities:

Business Plan Basics (5-day course) - Macy, Neb.
Cost: $20, includes course materials.
When: Thursdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 19, and Sept. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. (five-day course)
Where: Nebraska Indian Community College, 1111 U.S. 75, Macy, NE 68039
About: Existing, transitioning, and start-up small business owners and managers are welcome to attend this five-day workshop series, focused on marketing, goal setting, advertising and promotion, customer relations, and financial management. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, will instruct the course.
Registration (required by Aug. 7): Suzi French at suzif@cfra.org or 402.922.1063; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Nebraska Indian Community College

QuickBooks Online Workshop (2-day course) - Fremont, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Keene Memorial Library, 1030 North Broad St., Fremont, NE 68025
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks online. Attendees will create customer accounts, use basic transactions, connect your bank, reconcile accounts and enter sales tax, and use other Quickbooks online features. Kelly Abrahams will instruct the course. Laptops are encouraged, but not required.
Registration (required by Aug. 19): Kelly Abrahams at askbookkeeper@gmail.com or 402.720.7684; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Advanced QuickBooks - Crofton, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Crofton Auditorium, 1210 W. Second, Crofton, Nebraska 68730
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Aug. 26): City of Crofton at 402.388.4766; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and City of Crofton

Advanced QuickBooks - Pender, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: House Memorial Library, 220 S. Thurston Ave., Pender, NE 68047
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Aug. 27): Ann Bachman at 402.385.2521; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and House Memorial Library

Empowerment for Latino Women in Business Conference - Columbus, Neb. (Spanish)
Cost: $35, includes lunch (pay online or at the door)
When: Aug. 27, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 265 33rd Ave., Columbus, NE 68601
About: Insights. Inspiration. Growth. Empowerment. If you are a Latino woman who currently owns a business or is considering starting one, this conference is for you. At this one-day conference, you will network with other female entrepreneurs and be connected with resources to help you. Stories from business women panelists will inspire you and provide you with tools to help you succeed. The conference is in Spanish only. For more information, check out our webpage at cfra.org/events/2019LatinoWomenConference.
Registration: Online registration is open until Monday, Aug. 26, at noon. Click here to register. After that time, you may pay at the door. 
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Small Business Administration

Online Marketing Strategies - Nebraska City, Neb.
Cost: $39 payable to Southeast Community College
When: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Southeast Community College Learning Center, 819 Central Ave., Nebraska City
About: Understand the importance of an online presence and the various tools that can be used to achieve that. Diane Siefkes will instruct the course.
Registration (required): Cindy Meyer at 402.323.3636 or cmeyer@southeast.edu; registration is limited to 16 individuals
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Southeast Community College

Advanced Excel - Crofton, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Crofton Auditorium, 1210 W. Second, Crofton, Nebraska 68730
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 3): City of Crofton at 402.388.4766; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and City of Crofton

Advanced Excel - Pender, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: House Memorial Library, 220 S. Thurston Ave., Pender, NE 68047
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 3): Ann Bachman at 402.385.2521; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and House Memorial Library

QuickBooks Online Workshop (2-day course) - Stromsburg, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Sept. 9, and Monday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Stromsburg Public Library, 320 Central St., Stromsburg, NE 68666
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks online. Attendees will create customer accounts, use basic transactions, connect your bank, reconcile accounts and enter sales tax, and use other Quickbooks online features. Kelly Abrahams will instruct the course. Laptops are encouraged, but not required.
Registration (required by Sept. 6): Kelly Abrahams at askbookkeeper@gmail.com or 402.720.7684; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Activate Your Marketing Plan - Superior, Neb.
Cost: Free to Superior Chamber of Commerce members; $10 to nonmembers (paid to Superior Chamber of Commerce)
When: Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., social/meet and greet from 5 to 6 p.m. (appetizers provided + cash bar)
Where: Superior Estates Winery, 200 W. 15th, Superior, NE 68978
About: If you struggle with how to market your business or finding the time to dedicate to marketing, join us to learn some strategies that will set you up for success. You'll depart from this class with some fresh ideas and a roadmap to activate your marketing plan. Katie Gutzmann of Freyday Freelance, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course.
Registration (required by Sept. 10): Cameron Vyzourek, Superior Chamber of Commerce manager, at superiornecc@gmail.com or 402.879.3419; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Superior Chamber of Commerce

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Sept. 11, and Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S. Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 11): Hartington Public Library at 402.254.6245; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Hartington Public Library

Introduction to Publisher - Randolph, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Lied Randolph Public Library, 111 N. Douglas, Randolph NE 68771
About: You will learn to utilize templates; work with text boxes; inserting/changing text; utilizing bullets; and adding shapes and pictures to your creations and printing. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 11): Lied Randolph Library at 402.337.0046; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Lied Randolph Public Library

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - Randolph, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Lied Randolph Public Library, 111 N. Douglas, Randolph NE 68771
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 11): Lied Randolph Library at 402.337.0046; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Lied Randolph Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S. Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 25): Hartington Public Library at 402.254.6245; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Hartington Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - Randolph, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lied Randolph Public Library, 111 N. Douglas, Randolph NE 68771
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Sept. 25): Lied Randolph Library at 402.337.0046; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Lied Randolph Public Library

Advanced Excel - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S. Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 2): Hartington Public Library at 402.254.6245; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Hartington Public Library

Advanced Excel - Randolph, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lied Randolph Public Library, 111 N. Douglas, Randolph NE 68771
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 2): Lied Randolph Library at 402.337.0046; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Lied Randolph Library

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - Wayne, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Wayne Public Library, 410 N. Pearl St., Wayne, NE 68787
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 8): Wayne Public Library at 402.375.3135; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Wayne Public Library

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - Tilden, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library, 202 S. Center St., Tilden, NE 68781
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 14): Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library at 402.368.5306; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - Tilden, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library, 202 S. Center St., Tilden, NE 68781
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 21): Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library at 402.368.5306; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - Wayne, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Wayne Public Library, 410 N. Pearl St., Wayne, NE 68787
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 22): Wayne Public Library at 402.375.3135; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Wayne Public Library

Advanced Excel - Tilden, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library, 202 S. Center St., Tilden, NE 68781
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 23): Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library at 402.368.5306; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Raymond A Whitwer Tilden Public Library

Advanced Excel - Wayne, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Wayne Public Library, 410 N. Pearl St., Wayne, NE 68787
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Oct. 29): Wayne Public Library at 402.375.3135; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Wayne Public Library

Introduction to Publisher - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: You will learn to utilize templates; work with text boxes; inserting/changing text; utilizing bullets; and adding shapes and pictures to your creations and printing. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 2): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - Wakefield, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: Gardner Public Library, 114 3rd St., Wakefield, NE 68784
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 4): Gardner Public Library at 402.287.2334; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Gardner Public Library

Introduction to Publisher - Wayne, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Wayne Public Library, 410 N. Pearl St., Wayne, NE 68787
About: You will learn to utilize templates; work with text boxes; inserting/changing text; utilizing bullets; and adding shapes and pictures to your creations and printing. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 5): Wayne Public Library at 402.375.3135; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Wayne Public Library

Introduction to Publisher - Wakefield, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gardner Public Library, 114 3rd St., Wakefield, NE 68784
About: You will learn to utilize templates; work with text boxes; inserting/changing text; utilizing bullets; and adding shapes and pictures to your creations and printing. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 9): Gardner Public Library at 402.287.2334; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Gardner Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - Wakefield, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gardner Public Library, 114 3rd St., Wakefield, NE 68784
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 12): Gardner Public Library at 402.287.2334; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Gardner Public Library

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Nov. 18, and Monday, Nov. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 16): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

Advanced Excel - Wakefield, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gardner Public Library, 114 3rd St., Wakefield, NE 68784
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Dec. 18): Gardner Public Library at 402.287.2334; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Gardner Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 30): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

Advanced Excel - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Dec. 7): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

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