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.

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:

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 11, from 9 a.m. to noon (two-day course)
Where: John A. Stahl Library, 330 No. Colfax, West Point, Nebraska, 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 July 8): Mary Jo Mack at the John A. Stahl Library, at 402.372.3831; registration is limited to 10 individuals
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A. Stahl Library

Training for Microbusiness/Entrenamiento para Micronegocios - Lincoln, Neb. (in English and Spanish)
Cost: 
Free / Costo: Gratis
Date: Every Thursday from July 11 to Aug. 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m. / Fecha: Todos los Jueves del 11 de Julio al 15 de Agosto, 5:30 a 8 p.m.
Location/Lugar: El Centro de las Américas, 210 “O” Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
About: Planning is key to success in business, and these sessions are designed for those thinking of starting a business. Sessions will cover important information on where to begin your venture. The workshop series will focus on what is needed when exploring your business idea, what is the appropriate legal structure for your business, how to market and promote your products and services, how to finance your business, and more.
Sesión: Planear es la clave para el éxito en un negocio y estas sesiones están diseñadas para aquellos que están pensando comenzar un negocio. Las sesiones cubrirán información importante sobre donde comenzar su emprendimiento. La serie de talleres se enfocará en lo que es necesario saber cuando se está explorando la idea para un negocio, cuál es la estructura legal apropiada para su negocio, cómo mercadear y promover sus productos y servicios, cómo financiar su negocio, y mucho más. ​
Registration (required by July 9)/Inscribirse (Se require inscribirse antes del 9 de Julio): Mabel Alarcon-Craven at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net o Maria Al-Kafaji en El Centro de Las Americas al 402.840.0750 o maria@elcentrone.org
Hosted by/Patrocinar: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and El Centro de las Americas

Advanced QuickBooks - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: John A. Stahl Library, 330 No. Colfax, West Point, Nebraska, 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 July 15): Mary Jo Mack at the John A. Stahl Library, at 402.372.3831; registration is limited to 10 individuals
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A. Stahl Library

Advanced Excel - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: John A. Stahl Library, 330 No. Colfax, West Point, Nebraska, 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 July 17): Mary Jo Mack at the John A. Stahl Library, at 402.372.3831; registration is limited to 10 individuals
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A. Stahl Library

Strategic Planning/Planificación Estratégica - Scottsbluff, Neb. (in Spanish)
Cost: 
Free / Costo: Gratis
Date: July 19, 5 to 9 p.m.; July 20, 8 a.m. to noon; July 25, 5 to 9 p.m.; July 26, 8 a.m. to noon / Fecha: Julio 19, 5 a 9 p.m.; Julio 20, 8 a.m. a 12 p.m.; Julio 25, 5 a 9 p.m.; Julio 26, 8 a.m. a 12 p.m.
Location/Lugar: Riverside Business Plaza, 615 S Beltline Hwy W., Scottsbluff, NE 69631
About: What is strategic planning? Hear different ideas of how to manage your business. Where is your business now and where do you want to go? We’ll explore the details of a SWAT Analysis, and the importance of knowing your products and your customers.
Sesión: Escuche y aprenda acerca de las diferentes ideas o percepciones acerca de cómo manejar su negocio. ¿Qué es la Planificación Estratégica? ¿Dónde está su negocio y a dónde se dirige? ¿Qué es el análisis DAFO? ¿Qué es una Visión y una Misión? ​
Registration (required by July 17)/Inscribirse (Se require inscribirse antes del 9 de Julio): Anthony Gurrola at 308.631.0157 or anthonyg@cfra.org
Hosted by/Patrocinar: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

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:

"Getting it right - Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities," Wednesday, July 17, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309. Free. Hosted by U.S. Department of Labor, Society for Human Resource Management, National Federation of Independent Business, U.S. Small Business Administration, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Strong fiduciary oversight and protecting workers’ benefits is one of the highest priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The best way to protect workers’ benefits is by preventing problems before they start.  Our compliance assistance program – Getting It Right – Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities – will increase awareness and understanding about basic fiduciary responsibilities when operating a retirement plan. Registration deadline is July 12. For more information, contact Karina R. Beckmann, 202.693.8428, Beckmann.Karina.R@dol.govClick here to register.

"Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business," Thursday, July 18, 8:30 a.m., Small Business Administration (SBA) Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave., Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68134. Free. This overview of selling to local, state and federal governments will help you decide if this is a good target market for your small business. Learn from the experts: the steps you need to take to get started in government contracting, where and how to find bidding opportunities on the Internet, how to utilize the Federal Business Opportunities website, how to register your business in the System for Award Management (SAM) and the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), how to market your business to the government and large prime contractors, and what certifications your business may be eligible for. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Click here to register.

"Understanding SBA Certifications - 8a, HUBZone and the ED/WOSB Programs," Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m., Small Business Administration (SBA) Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave., Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68134. Free. You will learn: the basics of federal government contracting, what are the SBA Certifications and do I qualify, how to look for federal contracting opportunities using those certifications, and how to apply. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Click here to register.

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.