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.

REAP Activities:

Emerging Small Construction Start-ups - Grand Island, Neb. 
Cost: Free
When: Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28, March 7, 14, and 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office, 3180 W US-34, Room #203, Grand Island, Nebraska
About: Small business owners will learn how to read contract specifications, prepare work estimates, determine contract performance, and follow safety requirements. Presented in both English and Spanish. The workshop series will be led by construction professionals from BD Construction, Chief Construction, Dvorak Law Group, and Ellerbrock-Norris Insurance.
Registration (required by Feb. 18): Griselda Rendon at 308.850.4820 or griseldar@cfra.org, or Sandra Barrera at 308.385.5088 or sandra.barrera@unl.edu
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project in partnership with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska Enterprise Fund, and AGC Nebraska Chapter

Business Plan Basics - Grand Island, Neb. (Spanish)
Cost: Free
When: Feb. 25, 26, 27, 8 to 11 a.m. (3-day course)
Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office, 3180 W US-34, Room #203, Grand Island, Nebraska
About: Small business owners will learn file organization, basic accounting, and Facebook for business. Instructed by Sandra Barrera.
Registration (required by Feb. 22): Griselda Rendon at 308.850.4820 or griseldar@cfra.org, or Sandra Barrera at 308.385.5088 or sandra.barrera@unl.edu
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project in partnership with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

Advanced QuickBooks - Lyons, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Feb. 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lyons Public Library, 305 N. Main St., Lyons, Nebraska
About: We will expand on advanced features of Quick Books such as: Customizing Templates; Filtering Reports; Running Payroll; Tracking Fixed Assets; Setting up Loans; and much more. Kelly Abrahams will instruct the course. Computers will be provided.
Registration (required by Feb. 22): wbc@cfra.org; registration is limited to 10 individuals
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Lyons Public Library

Social Media Marketing - The Big Three - O'Neill, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Feb. 28, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Holt County Economic Development, O'Neill Depot Building, 330 E. Hancock St., O'Neill, NE 68763
About: Learn the who, why, and what of the “big three” social media channels: Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. You’ll discover who is using each one (target market), why that pertains to you (why you need to be on it), and what to do when you get there (best practices). This is an interactive and hands-on session, so bring your laptop and be ready to learn. Diane Siefkes will instruct the course. Limited to 20 individuals.
Registration (required by Feb. 27): Kristi Peterson, kristi@growholt.com, 402.336.1504
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Holt County Economic Development

QuickBooks Basics - Stromsburg, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, March 12, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Stromsburg Public Library, 320 Central St., Stromsburg, Nebraska
About: Presenter Kelly Abrahams will be talking about setting up a chart of accounts, making sure accounts are connected correctly, entering transactions, reconciliations, and simple reports. Questions from participants will direct what exactly is covered. The Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce will provide light snacks.
Registration (required by March 5): Monica Tidyman at 402.764.7681 or stromsburgpl@gmail.com
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce

Advanced QuickBooks - Plainview, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, March 14, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Plainview Library, 209 Pine St., Plainview, Nebraska
About: We will expand on advanced features of Quick Books such as: Customizing Templates; Filtering Reports; Running Payroll; Tracking Fixed Assets; Setting up Loans; and much more. Diann Ballard will instruct the course. Computers will be provided.
Registration (required by March 11): Susan Norris at 402.992.2535 or mrslnorris@yahoo.com; registration is limited to 12 individuals. Dinner will be provided.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Plainview Library

Strategic Planning - Grand Island, Neb. (Spanish)
Cost: Free
When: March 19, 20, 26, 27; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (4-day course)
Where: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Office, 3180 W US-34, Room #203, Grand Island, Nebraska
About: Small business owners will learn what strategic planning is and hear different ideas of how to manage their business. You'll be able to answer the questions: Where is your business now? Where do you want to go? What is a SWAT analysis? Also, dig in on knowing your products, customers, your mission and vision, and much more. Instructed by Rodrigo Gamboa.
Registration (required by March 15): Griselda Rendon at 308.850.4820 or griseldar@cfra.org, or Sandra Barrera at 308.385.5088 or sandra.barrera@unl.edu
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project in partnership with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

QuickBooks Basics - Clearwater, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (2-day course)
Where: Clearwater Fire Hall, Main Street, Clearwater, Nebraska
About: Small business owners will learn how to navigate QuickBooks and how to create a company, how to utilize the customer and vendor centers, and how to use banking and basic reporting. Diann Ballard will instruct the course. Class size is limited to 10 individuals. Computers will be provided.
Registration (required by March 19): Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen at 402.887.4447 or lauren@neligh.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Clearwater Economic Development

Social Media - Sargent, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, March 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Sargent Chamber of Commerce, Sargent, Nebraska
About: Learn how to effectively use social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) to grow your business. During this three-hour session, we'll discuss best practices, effective utilization of the basic page components, postings (what and when), terminology, scheduling, how to upload photos, and answer any questions you have. Diane Siefkes will instruct the course.
Registration: Darcia Kovarik, darcia@nctc.net or 402.760.1063
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Sargent Chamber of Commerce

Advanced QuickBooks - Stromsburg, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, April 2, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Stromsburg Public Library, 320 Central St., Stromsburg, Nebraska
About: Presenter Kelly Abrahams will present on how to set up sales tax transactions, and more in-depth reporting. This class will have a more question and answer approach to tailor to the participants needs. The Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce will provide light snacks.
Registration (required by March 26): Monica Tidyman at 402.764.7681 or stromsburgpl@gmail.com
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce

Online Marketing Strategies - Stromsburg, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, May 14, 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Stromsburg Public Library, 320 Central St., Stromsburg, Nebraska
About: Many small business owners get caught up trying to use social media but then forget the basic necessity of having a broader online presence. 81 percent of shoppers conduct online searches before buying. What will your potential clients find out about you? During this session, we’ll discuss building your online relationships using websites, email marketing, and social media. If you want to learn more about Facebook, Twitter, and other online marketing tools, this interactive session is for you. Diane Siefkes will instruct the course. The Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce will provide light snacks.
Registration (required by May 5): Monica Tidyman at 402.764.7681 or stromsburgpl@gmail.com
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce

Online Marketing Strategies - Nebraska City, Neb. (and via distance learning)
Cost: $39 payable to Southeast Community College
When: Tuesday, May 21, 2 to 5 p.m.
Where: Southeast Community College Learning Center, 819 Central Ave., Nebraska City; and via distance learning technology from Nebraska City to Falls City, Plattsmouth, Wahoo, and Hebron.
About: Many small business owners get caught up trying to use social media but then forget the basic necessity of having a broader online presence. 81 percent of shoppers conduct online searches before buying. What will your potential clients find out about you? During this session, we’ll discuss building your online relationships using websites, email marketing, and social media. If you want to learn more about Facebook, Twitter, and other online marketing tools, this interactive session is for you. Diane Siefkes will instruct the course.
Registration (required): Cindy Meyer at 402.323.3636 or cmeyer@southeast.edu
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Southeast Community College

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

Related Events:

More coming soon!

At Your Convenience:  

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.