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 our Women's Business Center at wbc@cfra.org.

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:

Coffee Tables - Wisner, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Just Be Therapeutic Massage, 913 Ave E, in Wisner, NE
About: Small business owners and managers, aspiring business owners, and community partners are invited to Coffee Tables for the Burt and Cuming counties area.​ Coffee Tables is held monthly, with the event hosted by businesses throughout Burt and Cuming counties. Coffee Tables offers an opportunity for those involved in small businesses to talk with others who may have the same experiences.
Registration: Lori Schrader at loris@cfra.org or 402.687.2100 ext. 1026; Teri Lamplot, Cuming County Economic Development Director, at director@cumingcountyed.com or 402.372.6001; or Patti Plugge, Burt County Economic Director, at burtcoedc@abbnebraska.com or 402.374.2953.​
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Burt County Economic Development Corporation, Cuming County Economic Development, West Point Chamber of Commerce, and Tekamah Chamber of Commerce

Activate Your Marketing Plan - Pender, Neb.
Cost: $25, payable to Pender Community Center. Includes a light supper.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Pender Community Center, 614 Main St., Pender, NE 68047​​
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 Jan. 17): Kristin Walsh at kristin.walsh@pendercommunitycenter.com or 402.385.6240; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Pender Community Center, and Freyday Freelance

Business Plan Basics - Auburn, Neb. (six sessions)
Cost: free
When: Tuesdays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rural Impact Hub, 919 Central Avenue, in Auburn​, NE 
About: Planning is key to success in business, and these six hands-on exploratory sessions are designed for those thinking of starting a business, businesses that need a boost, and business owners considering exiting the business. Sessions will cover important information to complete a business plan, including marketing, promotion and advertising, financial management, customer relations, and goal setting. Jamie Aue will instruct the course.​
Registration (required by Jan. 15): Kim Beger at 402.274.3420 or info@growauburnne.org.; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Auburn Development Council

Activate Your Marketing Plan (2-day class) - Aurora, Neb.
Cost: $20 for both classes, payable to Aurora Chamber of Commerce
When: Friday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Bremer Community Center, Wortman Room, 1604 L St, Aurora, NE 68818
About: Join us for this two-part Lunch & Learn Workshop to Activate Your Marketing Plan. Part one will focus on outlining your company goals, defining your target market, and understanding advertising strategies for your business. Part two will focus on social media strategy for Facebook and Instagram. You'll walk away with a customized plan to Activate your Marketing Plan for 2020. Katie Gutzmann of Freyday Freelance, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course.​
Registration (required by Jan. 24): Justise Rhoden, Aurora Chamber of Commerce Coordinator, at 402.694.6911 or justise.rhoden@auroranebraska.com; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and Freyday Freelance

Activate Your Marketing Plan - Scribner, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Feb. 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Furstenau Community Center, 530 Main St., Scribner, NE 68057​
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 Jan. 31): Kathy Lodl, Scribner Area Chamber of Commerce secretary, econdev@scribner-ne.gov or 402.664.3101; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Scribner Area Chamber of Commerce, and Freyday Freelance

Table Talks: 12 Steps for A Successful Business (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Table Talks: Tools for Understanding a Credit Report (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Table Talks: Financials - How to Use Your Money (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Table Talks: 8 Better Business Ideas to Start Online (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, May 8, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Related Events:

"New Year, New Business: Facebook Basics for Business," Friday, Feb. 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Nebraska Business Development Center, 6708 Pine St., University of Nebraska-Omaha, Mammel Hall, Room 216, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. Free + free parking. Learn the basics of using Facebook to help your business grow from a marketing expert. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Click here to register.

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Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, an SBA webinar. What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview and explains how and why to protect your intellectual property. (30 minutes)

Government Contracting Classroom, a 3-part SBA course. Did you know the federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year? Government contracts can offer opportunities. But selling to the government requires a different approach.

REAP Online Training Classes, a varied slate of courses to fit your small business learning needs!

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The REAP Women's Business Center (WBC) is a program funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All SBA Programs and Services are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) will be made if requested in advance. 
 

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