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:

Advanced QuickBooks Workshop - Pender, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Aug. 20; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: House Memorial Library, 220 S. Thurston Ave., in Pender
About: Accurate recordkeeping can be beneficial to the success of a business. Local entrepreneurs and business owners in the Pender area are invited to learn how to quickly identify past due accounts and help collect those accounts in a more timely manner. Small business owners will learn how to create customer accounts, enter sales and income, write checks and track expenses, generate reports, as well as other bookkeeping features of the program itself. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required): Diann Ballard at 402.922.1652 or dbconsulting@abbnebraska.com. The session is limited to 10 attendees.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and House Memorial Library 

Inventario/Servicio al Cliente (Inventory/Customer service) - Schuyler, Neb.​ - in Spanish
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Aug. 20, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Homestead Conference Room, 1119 B Street, in Schuyler
About: Desea obtener más información sobre el inventario y el servicio al cliente para su pequeña empresa? Este taller lo guía a través de los conceptos básicos. (Do you want to learn more about inventory and customer service for your small business? This workshop takes you through the basics.)
Registration (required): Veronica Spindola REAP Business Specialist 402.942.1113
Provided by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center and Centro Hispano

Getting Ready to Start My Business (Spanish) - Nebraska City, Neb.
​Cost: Free!
When: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.
Where: Nebraska City Center for Children and Families, 917 Wildwood Lane, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
About: Have you dreamed about becoming a business owner? Do you want to start a bakery, hair salon, bookkeeping business, child care center, or other business? Learn about resources, requirements, and responsibilities it takes to start your dream business at a FREE workshop in Spanish. You have the dream. We provide the resources.
Contact: Mabel Alarcon-Craven at mabelcraven@cox.net or 402.598.2731.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Basic QuickBooks Workshop - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free, meal provided
When: four sessions: Aug. 22, 23, 29, and 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Learn how to create customer accounts, enter sales and income, write checks and track expenses, generate reports, and use other QuickBooks features.
Registration (required): Tami at citylibrary@hartel.net or 402.254.6245
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Hartington Public Library, and Security Bank 

Servicio al Cliente/Plan de Negocio (Business Plan/Financial Projections) - Schuyler, Neb. - in Spanish
​Cost: Free
When: Monday, Aug. 27, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Homestead Conference Room, 1119 B Street, in Schuyler
About: Necesita ayuda con su plan de negocios y elaborar sus proyecciones financieras? ¡Este taller te ayudará con ambos! (Do you need help with your business plan and putting together your financial projections? This workshop will help you with both!)
Registration (required): Veronica Spindola REAP Business Specialist 402.942.1113
Provided by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center and Centro Hispano

REAP staff available for one on one consultations (by appointment) - Lincoln, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Lincoln Community Foundation Building, 215 Centennial Mall S # 100, in Lincoln
About:  Anyone looking for consultations on small business lending can make an appointment to speak to an experienced REAP loan consultant.
Registration (required): Kim Preston 402.687.2103 ext. 1008 or 402.477.0015
Provided by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center

Advanced Microsoft Excel Workshop - Pender, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: House Memorial Library, 220 S. Thurston Ave., in Pender
About: Local entrepreneurs and business owners in the Pender area are invited to an Advanced Microsoft Excel Workshop. Small business owners will go more in-depth with Excel features that are immediately relevant to daily tasks for small businesses of all types. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required): Diann Ballard at 402.922.1652 or dbconsulting@abbnebraska.com. The session is limited to 10 attendees.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and House Memorial Library 

Advanced QuickBooks Workshop - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free, meal provided
When: two sessions: Sept. 5 and 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Learn how to create customer accounts, enter sales and income, write checks and track expenses, generate reports, and use other QuickBooks features.
Registration (required): Tami at citylibrary@hartel.net or 402.254.6245
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Hartington Public Library, and Security Bank 

Advanced Excel Workshop - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free, meal provided
When: two sessions: Sept. 12 and 13, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Local entrepreneurs and business owners in the Hartington area are invited to partake in an Advanced Microsoft Excel Workshop. Excel is a powerful tool to strengthen your business – from charting to managing contacts to analyzing specifics of your business, Excel is an excellent addition to your business. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required): Tami at citylibrary@hartel.net or 402.254.6245
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Hartington Public Library, and Security Bank 

Hiring an Employee - York, Neb.
Cost: 11:30 a.m. lunch: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers; 2:30 p.m. light snack: free for members, $5 for nonmembers
When: Two sessions will be offered Tuesday, Sept. 18: at 11:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Holthus Convention Center, 3130 Holen Ave., York, Nebraska
About: What's involved with hiring an employee? Are you in compliance? You may not even be aware what questions you're not asking. In this lunch & learn, we'll take a look at: necessary paperwork to complete when hiring a new employee; employer reporting requirements for the various federal and state government agencies; payroll taxes: can you afford them?; workers' compensation insurance: what is it and are you liable?; overtime rules; and hourly vs. salaried employees
Registration (required): By Sept. 11 to Hannah at hannahm@yorkchamber.org or 402.362.5531
Provided by: Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), York Chamber of Commerce, and York County Development Corporation

Related Events:

Thursday, Aug. 16, 8:30 to 11 a.m. "Winning Federal Contracts For Your Small Business," SBA Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, NE, 68134. This overview of selling to state, local and federal governments will help you decide if contracting is a good target market for your small business. This workshop is offered monthly on the third Thursday of the month. Intermediate level (already in business). Free. Register online by clicking here or call 402.221.7200. Presented by Small Business Administration. For more information, contact Lisa Tedesco at melissa.tedesco@sba.gov.

Thursday, Aug. 16, noon to 1 p.m., "Boost Your Local Search Results with a Better Presence Online," webinar. Free. Presented by SCORE. Register here.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., "Entrepreneur Bootcamp Kickoff Seminar," SCORE Omaha Chapter Office, U.S. Small Business Administration Building, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, NE, 68134.  This is Part 1 of our 6-part Entrepreneur Bootcamp Series. So you want to be an entrepreneur? Then this series is your starting point, and your one-stop-shop, for a full continuum of resources you’ll need to start your new business. Six sessions, led by industry experts with decades of experience, all built to help you start and grow your new business. In this session, our Chapter Leadership and experienced entrepreneurs, provide snapshots of our subsequent five weeks of Intensive Sessions, each also facilitated by seasoned industry experts. Attendees can sign up for the subsequent weekly intensives. Free. Basic level. Register online by clicking here or by calling 402.221.3606.

Thursday, Aug. 23, noon to 1 p.m., "Where’s the Money? 10 Small Business Loan Types & How To Qualify​," webinar. Free. Presented by SCORE. Register here.

Monday, Aug. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. "Intro to Quickbooks," Do Space, 7205 Dodge Street, Meeting Room 1, Omaha, NE, 68114. Join an instructor from SCORE Omaha for a workshop on Quickbooks, the most popular accounting software for small businesses. This session will focus on the basic functions of Quickbooks including how to create invoices, pay bills and manage your business checkbook. Attendees do not need to bring Quickbooks software or their laptops. Free. Basic level. Register online by clicking here or call 402.819.4022. Registration opens Aug. 13. For more information, contact Jessica Johnson, Do Space, at 402.819.4022.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. "Understanding SBA Certifications - 8a, HUBZone and the ED/WOSB Programs," SBA Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, NE, 68134. In this monthly workshop, small businesses interested in federal contracting can learn about SBA’s certification programs and the role having these designations plays into winning federal contracts. Attendees will learn the details of each program and the eligibility requirements, understand the application process, understand the benefits of the programs to small businesses and what assistance SBA provides to certified firms. Free. Intermediate level. Register online by clicking here or call 402.221.7229. Presented by Small Business Administration. For more information, contact Lisa Tedesco at melissa.tedesco@sba.gov.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Entrepreneur Bootcamp Part 2: Business Ownership Routes to Entry & Ethics," SBA Nebraska District Office/SCORE, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, NE, 68134. This is Part 2 of our 6-part Entrepreneur Bootcamp Series. Attendance in prior sessions is NOT a pre-requisite. Are you thinking about business ownership ‐ either in addition to, or as an alternative to, traditional employment ‐ but not quite sure how to get started? This industry-expert led interactive workshop: Compares and contrasts the three primary routes to entry for new business ownership: Starting from scratch, buying an existing business, and joining a franchise; Gets you started building a structured decision‐making framework for selecting the right kind of business; Explores how the correct business ethics will impact your business’ bottom line. Cost: $25. Register online by clicking here or by call 402.221.3606.

Thursday, Aug. 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. "SCORE Social Media Workshop," SBA Nebraska District Office/SCORE, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, NE, 68134. This workshop is offered monthly – topics change each time, but all are designed to give you the basics of using social media to grow your small business. Topics include using Facebook to grow your business, marketing, blogging, etc. Cost: $20. Register by clicking here or by calling 402.221.3606. For more information, contact Marilyn Riley at score@scoreomaha.org.

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.