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:

Various workshops for small businesses - in English and Spanish - Grand Island, Neb.
Cost: Free!
Workshops: Facebook for Business – March 26, 9 to 11 a.m.; Food safety – April 9, 8:30 to 11 a.m.; My plate  – April 16, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Food demonstrations: 3 to 5 p.m. on April 20, May 25, June 22 (Health Fair), and July 27
Where: University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County, 3180 W Highway 34 – College Park, Grand Island
About: Various free workshops and food demonstrations are available for entrepreneurs. Also presented in Spanish.
Contact: Griselda Rendon, Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist, at griseldar@cfra.org or 308.850.4820; or Sandra Barrera, extension educator-CVI Latino small business program, at Sandra.Barrera@unl.edu or 308.385.5088 
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County

Facts You Need to Know to Start a Business - in Spanish - Lincoln, Neb.
Cost: Free!
When: Tuesdays, May 15 until July 17, 2018, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: El Centro de las Américas, 210 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
About: You have an idea for a business. What are your first steps? Learn how to start a business at this workshop series, presented in Spanish. Topics discussed at this how-to training include: What you need to look for when exploring your business idea; the appropriate legal structure for your business; basics on business planning; how to market and promote your products and services; how to finance your business; and much more.
Contact: Maria Al-Kafaji, El Centro de Las Américas, at 402.840.0750 or maria@elcentrone.org; or Mabel Alarcon-Craven, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP business development consultant, at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and El Centro de las Américas

Cleaning Academy Certifiation Class - Grand Island, Neb.
Cost: Free classes
When: June 15, 22, and 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., and June 16, 23, and 30, from 9 a.m to noon
Where: University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County, 3180 W Highway 34 – College Park, Grand Island
About: This 20-hour certification training will teach the best practices of the cleaning industry in terms of chemistry of cleaning, cleaning of surfaces above the floor, different types of floors (wood, marble, tile, etc.), carpet, and bathrooms including information on use of supplies, materials, and equipment to achieve a high quality and efficient operation.
Contact: Griselda Rendon, Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist, at griseldar@cfra.org or 308.850.4820; or Sandra Barrera, extension educator-CVI Latino small business program, at Sandra.Barrera@unl.edu or 308.385.5088 
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center and University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension in Hall County

Boots to Business Reboot: An Intro to Business Ownership​ - Lincoln, Neb.
​Cost: Free!
When: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Gere Branch Library, 2400 S 56th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska
About: Business Boot Camp gives you the basics: an overview of the entrepreneurial process; what goes into a business plan; basic business economics; selecting your legal entity; and financing options. The last hour of the presentation will be a resource panel Q&A session.
Registration (required): Click here to register
For more information: Kim Preston, interim REAP Women’s Business Center director, kimp@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1008; or Elizabeth Yearwood, SBA economic development specialist/administrative officer at elizabeth.yearwood@sba.gov, 402.221.7200
Sponsored by: Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), U.S. Small Business Association, and SCORE

Perfecting the Art of Customer Service - Auburn and Pawnee City, Neb.
​Cost: $10 per workshop
When: Monday, June 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Auburn; Tuesday, June 26, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pawnee City
Where: Nemaha County Hospital Classroom, 2022 13th St., Auburn, Nebraska 68305; Pawnee City Public Library, 730 G St., Pawnee City, Nebraska 68420
About: Disney continues to be recognized as a leader in excellent customer service. Their techniques can be easily implemented into any type of service-oriented business, including your business. Learn how to create a culture of excellent customer service that builds the trust of your customers. Jessica Jones and Marilyn Schlake, Nebraska Extension Educators, will share tips and tools that can help your company implement standards of great customer-service.
Registration (required): Click here to register. Registration deadline is July 10.
Contact: Kim Beger, Corner Collaborative Coordinator, at cornercollaborative@gmail.com or 402.274.7299
Provided by: Southeast Corner Collaborative, a project of the Partners for Progress/Stronger Economies Together team. Project funded by USDA Rural Development through a Rural Business Development Grant to the City of Humboldt. Collaborating partners are Nebraska Extension, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

Maximum Marketing for Small Business - Pawnee City, Auburn, and Tecumseh, Neb.
​Cost: $10 per workshop
When: Monday, June 25, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pawnee City; Tuesday, June 26, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Auburn; Wednesday, June 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Tecumseh
Where: Pawnee City Public Library, 730 G St., Pawnee City, Nebraska 68420​; Nemaha County Hospital Classroom, 2022 13th St., Auburn, Nebraska 68305; Tecumseh Public Library, 170 Branch, Tecumseh, Nebraska 68450
About: Marketing your business can be fun and creative when you have a clear strategy. Taking the time to understand your ideal customer and to set a realistic budget will give you the insight needed to maximize your marketing efforts. Build your brand and remove the stress from your marketing plan by choosing advertising methods that reach your target market. Topics covered will include: company goals and marketing goals, how to identify your perfect customers, marketing options for reaching your perfect customers, and measuring the results of your marketing investments (ROI). Steve Bors, Director of the SCC Entrepreneurship Center will lead the sessions. He has many years’ experience in marketing and currently teaches Marketing and Customer Service at Southeast Community College.
Registration (required): Click here to register. Registration deadline is July 10.
Contact: Kim Beger, Corner Collaborative Coordinator, at cornercollaborative@gmail.com or 402.274.7299
Provided by: Southeast Corner Collaborative, a project of the Partners for Progress/Stronger Economies Together team. Project funded by USDA Rural Development through a Rural Business Development Grant to the City of Humboldt. Collaborating partners are Nebraska Extension, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

Sharing Your Story Through Video - Free Webinar
Cost: Free!
When: Tuesday, June 26, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Anywhere with an internet connection
About: Do you need help with your online marketing? Join Paige Cahill, a national trainer for Google’s “Get Your Business Online.” Paige will coach and connect you to free Google tools and online marketing best practices to help your business grow, get found and succeed online.
Registration (required): Click here to register.
Brought to you by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center, GROW Nebraska, and Google
Additional webinars: "Online Marketing: Get Found & Succeed Online" on Tuesday, Feb. 27, noon to 1 p.m.; and "Tips for Measuring Your Online Success" on Tuesday, April 24, noon to 1 p.m. (must sign up for each you wish to attend)

Reality of QuickBooks - Auburn, Neb.
​Cost: $10
When: Monday, July 9, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rural Impact Hub, 919 Central Ave., Auburn, Nebraska 68305
About: QuickBooks is a great tool for small business bookkeeping. Get up to speed on how to best use the software so you can get back to building your business. Bring your laptop or one will be provided for your use. Topics will include: creating customer accounts, entering sales and income, writing checks and track expenses, generating reports, and using other QuickBooks features. Jamie Aue, Staff Accountant and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, with Peggy Kuser, CPA of Auburn, will lead this workshop.
Registration (required): Click here to register. Registration deadline is July 6.
Contact: Kim Beger, Corner Collaborative Coordinator, at cornercollaborative@gmail.com or 402.274.7299
Provided by: Southeast Corner Collaborative, a project of the Partners for Progress/Stronger Economies Together team. Project funded by USDA Rural Development through a Rural Business Development Grant to the City of Humboldt. Collaborating partners are Nebraska Extension, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

Reality of QuickBooks - Pawnee City, Neb.
​Cost: $10
When: Tuesday, July 10, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pawnee City Public Library, 730 G St., Pawnee City, Nebraska 68420
About: QuickBooks is a great tool for small business bookkeeping. Get up to speed on how to best use the software so you can get back to building your business. Bring your laptop or one will be provided for your use. Topics will include: creating customer accounts, entering sales and income, writing checks and track expenses, generating reports, and using other QuickBooks features. Jamie Aue, Staff Accountant and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, with Peggy Kuser, CPA of Auburn, will lead this workshop.
Registration (required): Click here to register. Registration deadline is July 8.
Contact: Kim Beger, Corner Collaborative Coordinator, at cornercollaborative@gmail.com or 402.274.7299
Provided by: Southeast Corner Collaborative, a project of the Partners for Progress/Stronger Economies Together team. Project funded by USDA Rural Development through a Rural Business Development Grant to the City of Humboldt. Collaborating partners are Nebraska Extension, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

Reality of QuickBooks - Falls City, Neb.
​Cost: $10
When: Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Chamber of Commerce, 1705 Stone St., Falls City, Nebraska 68355
About: QuickBooks is a great tool for small business bookkeeping. Get up to speed on how to best use the software so you can get back to building your business. Bring your laptop or one will be provided for your use. Topics will include: creating customer accounts, entering sales and income, writing checks and track expenses, generating reports, and using other QuickBooks features. Jamie Aue, Staff Accountant and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, with Peggy Kuser, CPA of Auburn, will lead this workshop.
Registration (required): Click here to register. Registration deadline is July 9.
Contact: Kim Beger, Corner Collaborative Coordinator, at cornercollaborative@gmail.com or 402.274.7299
Provided by: Southeast Corner Collaborative, a project of the Partners for Progress/Stronger Economies Together team. Project funded by USDA Rural Development through a Rural Business Development Grant to the City of Humboldt. Collaborating partners are Nebraska Extension, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

Reality of QuickBooks - Tecumseh, Neb.
​Cost: $10
When: Thursday, July 12, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Tecumseh Public Library, 170 Branch, Tecumseh, Nebraska 68450
About: QuickBooks is a great tool for small business bookkeeping. Get up to speed on how to best use the software so you can get back to building your business. Bring your laptop or one will be provided for your use. Topics will include: creating customer accounts, entering sales and income, writing checks and track expenses, generating reports, and using other QuickBooks features. Jamie Aue, Staff Accountant and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, with Peggy Kuser, CPA of Auburn, will lead this workshop.
Registration (required): Click here to register. Registration deadline is July 10.
Contact: Kim Beger, Corner Collaborative Coordinator, at cornercollaborative@gmail.com or 402.274.7299
Provided by: Southeast Corner Collaborative, a project of the Partners for Progress/Stronger Economies Together team. Project funded by USDA Rural Development through a Rural Business Development Grant to the City of Humboldt. Collaborating partners are Nebraska Extension, Southeast Community College Entrepreneurship Center, and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

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

Related Events:

Tuesday, June 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., "Marketing essentials," Little Priest Tribal College, 601 E. College Dr., Main Building, 2nd Floor, Bear 202, Winnebago, Nebraska 68071. Starting a business? Need to brush up on your marketing skills? This workshop will teach you the basics. Presented by expert from the Nebraska Enterprise Fund. Includes lunch. Registration required. To register or for more information, contact Maria Garcia at mgarcia@littlepriest.edu or 402.878.3302. A Small Business Administration event.

Thursday, June 14, noon to 1 p.m., "Social media: what small business owners need to know" webinar. For many small business owners, staying up to date with social media can feel impossible. In this webinar presented by Deluxe Corporation, we’ll examine the changing landscape of social media, what you need to do, and where you need to be. You’ll learn the top social media myths that are holding you back, how and where to build a social presence, what makes great social content, and tips to amplify with paid social. Free. Presented by SCORE. Register online by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 15, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Implementing an effective marketing strategy," Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, 6400 S. University Dr.  Rd N., Omaha, Nebraska 68182. This workshop teaches the basics of why a marketing plan is essential for growth, the necessary ingredients of a marketing plan, how marketing strategies and marketing plans differ, and the important of market analysis. Lunch included (please register by 9 a.m. on June 12 to receive lunch). Registration required. To register, click here. For more information, contact Elizabeth Yearwood at Small Business Administration. at elizabeth.yearwood@sba.gov. A Small Business Administration and Entrepreneur's Education Collaborative event.

Wednesday, June 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., "Small Business Resources," Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr., board room, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. Do you know about all the free/low-cost resources available in Nebraska to help you start your small business? Do you know where you can go to get great free online tutorials and webinars? Do you know how the post office can help you with low cost marketing? This workshop gives you all the answers. Registration required. To register, click here. For more information, contact Elizabeth Yearwood at Small Business Administration. at elizabeth.yearwood@sba.gov. A Small Business Administration and Nebraska Business Development Center event.

Wednesday, June 20, Noon to 1:30 p.m., "Federal Contracting 101," Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr., board room, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. This workshop gives you the basics of federal contracting, including the 10 steps to get you started. Registration required. To register, click here. For more information, contact Elizabeth Yearwood at Small Business Administration. at elizabeth.yearwood@sba.gov. A Small Business Administration and Nebraska Business Development Center event.

Thursday, June 21, 8:30 to 11 a.m., "SBA winning federal contracts for your small business" at Small Business Administration Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. This monthly workshop will include an overview of selling to state, local, and federal governments, and help you decide if contracting is a good target market for your small business. Free of charge. For more information, contact Lisa Tedesco at Melissa.tedesco@sba.gov. Click here to register.

Thursday, June 21, noon to 1 p.m., "Little changes, big results in small business" webinar. Making a necessary, positive change in your business can often seem daunting and difficult, but what if it didn’t have to be? In this insightful webinar, USA TODAY columnist Steve Strauss shares cutting-edge strategies that show how a simple little change in the right spot is the real secret to creating big results. In this lively webinar, you will learn the danger of doing nothing; the two ways change occurs (one is way better and easier than the other); how to identify the crux of the issue; how big companies like Amazon and Starbucks have applied this principle; and how you can too. Free. Presented by SCORE. Register online by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 27, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., "Understanding SBA Certifications - 8a, HUBZone, and the ED/WOSB Programs," at Small Business Administration Nebraska District Office, 10675 Bedford Ave, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68134. In this workshop you will learn: The basics of federal government contracting; SBA Certifications and qualifications; How to look for federal contracting opportunities using those certifications; and How to apply. Free of charge. For more information, contact Lisa Tedesco at Melissa.tedesco@sba.gov. Click here to register.

Thursday, June 28, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., "Three ways to email" at SCORE Offices, 10675 Bedford Ave., Omaha, Nebraska 68134. Email marketing is here to stay. Learn how to do it better. This workshop covers personal touches that tap into a wealth of prospects. Three effective methods will be featured. Whether you are a novice or seasoned professional, you'll find time spent here worthwhile. Taught by a very popular instructor. Register online by clicking here. Contact Marilyn Riley with questions at 402.221.3606 or score@scoreomaha.org.

Thursday, June 28, noon to 1 p.m., "Find investors and finance your business with equity crowdfunding," webinar. Are you seeking investors to help you fund your business idea or growth? With the launch of equity crowdfunding in 2016, businesses can now raise money from ordinary investors online. This webinar will share the ins and outs of equity crowdfunding and highlight the type of businesses that can benefit from this opportunity. You will learn: what is equity crowdfunding; equity vs rewards-based crowdfunding, and which is the best for your business; how to evaluate an equity crowdfunding platform; keys to a successful crowdfunding campaign and how to attract investors; and understand the impact to your business of raising money via equity crowdfunding. Free. Presented by SCORE. Register online by clicking here.

Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. to noon, "Intro to Quickbooks," at Do Space, 7205 Dodge St., Meeting Room 1, Omaha, Nebraska 68114. Join an instructor from SCORE Omaha for a morning 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. Register online by clicking here (registration opens June 16). A Small Business Administration, SCORE, and Do Space event.

Thursday, July 5, noon to 1 p.m., "Increase your revenue with SEO," webinar. How much revenue is your business generating from SEO? This webinar will show you concrete examples and case studies of how small businesses are using SEO to increase revenue by six figures and how you can too. You'll learn: what is SEO and why it is important; examples of highly successful SEO campaigns and the results; a “secret” formula to improve website SEO; and why most small businesses fail at implementing SEO campaigns. Free. Presented by SCORE. Register online by clicking here.

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.