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.

Notification:

Starting March 16, all in-person Center for Rural Affairs events are postponed to prevent spread of the coronavirus. We have moved several events online, those are listed below.

Office Hours:

POSTPONED - 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:

ONLINE - Academia de Limpieza (Spanish)
Cost: Free; participants are responsible for certification fee
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, and Aug. 4 and 6, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Online
About: Through this training series, learn about the right chemicals to use and safety guidelines to make a successful cleaning business. Participants will have the opportunity to be certified with the Cleaning Management Institute.
Registration (required by July 10): Click here to register
Questions: Contact Raúl Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

ONLINE - Building Relationships Six-Feet Apart is Hard
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 4 and 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Online
About: In this two-part series, learn how to market while social distancing. The first webinar will look at traditional networking as a thing of the past and teach attendees to adapt and maintain a steady stream of business while staying six-feet apart.
The second webinar will focus on social media, a small business need now more than ever. Following up on the first session, participants will learn to go beyond traditional marketing to reach new and existing customers by optimizing their social media platforms.
Registration (required by Aug. 2): Attendance is limited. Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Halle Ramsey at haller@cfra.org or 402.870.2749
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Auburn Development Council

ONLINE - QuickBooks Basic
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Online
About: Discover how to create customer accounts, enter sales and income, write checks and track expenses, generate reports, and use other QuickBooks online features. Instructed by Kelly Abrahams of ASKBookkeeping.
Registration (required by July 31): Attendance is limited. Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Raúl Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, ASKBookkeeping, and Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce

ONLINE - Troubleshooting Accounting
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Online
About: This workshop will demonstrate QuickBooks as well as show how to correct issues in QuickBooks. Participants will learn about balance sheets and income statements, how they should appear, and how to rectify issues if they are incorrect. Instructed by Diann Ballard.
Registration (required by Aug. 11): Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Vicky Espinoza at vickye@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

ONLINE - Troubleshooting Accounting
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Online
About: Small business owners may need to adjust their business plans to allow for the changes needed to capitalize on today's economic drivers. Through this workshop, review business plans and see what can be changed, updated, and/or tweaked to boost your bottom line.
Registration (required by Aug. 12): Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Vicky Espinoza at vickye@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

ONLINE - Strategic Planning (Spanish)
Cost: Free
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 18, 20, 25, 27, and Sept. 1, 3, 8, and 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. A second session in the same format will be offered each day from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Online
About: During this class attendees will listen to and learn about different ideas and perceptions relating to business management. Presenters will discuss the importance and process of strategic planning and identifying business mission and vision. They will explore where their business is currently and where it is heading. Attendees will also learn how to conduct a SWOT Analysis.
Registration (required by Aug. 17): Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Vicky Espinoza at vickye@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

ONLINE - Cybersecurity 101
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Online
About: During this pandemic, many businesses have shifted work to their homes. Whether using business computers on home networks or personal computers for work, cybersecurity should be high priority. Through this workshop, learn how to protect yourself and your business from cyber attacks.
Registration (required by Aug. 17): Attendance is limited. Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Halle Ramsey at haller@cfra.org or 402.870.2749
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Auburn Development Council

POSTPONED: ONLINE - Virtual Child Care Academy (Spanish)
Due to the start of the school year, we are postponing our Virtual Childcare Academy to allow time for parents and business owners to adjust to school schedules. Registrations are still being accepted.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesdays, Aug. 19, 26, and Sept. 2 and 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Online
About: In this series, learn about the requirements, licensing, and introduction to child care as well as discuss how to maintain child safety. This online version provides “Safe with You” and steps to start your own child care business. First Aid/CPR/AED training is pending due to COVID-19.
Registration (required by Aug. 3): Click here to register.
Questions: Contact Raúl Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Auburn Development Council

Related Events:

"How to Use Marketing to Recover and Thrive in the New Normal," July 9, noon to 1 p.m., online. Free, must register to receive call-in details and recording. This webinar provides an introduction to marketing tools (digital and traditional), marketing plans, and management systems to reinvent your marketing and move as much of your business online as possible. Instructed by Don Osborn, who focuses on digital and traditional marketing for small businesses. Click here to register. This webinar is presented by GROW Nebraska, brought to you in part by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

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. 
 

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