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

Getting Ready to Start My Business - Crete, Neb. (Spanish)
Cost: Free
When: Monday, March 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: UCC Church, 440 E 12th St., Crete, Nebraska 68333
About: You have the dream. We provide the resources. 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.
Registration: Nancy Tellez at 402.826.6405 or nancy.tellez@crete.ne.gov or Mabel Alarcon at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Crete Nebraska
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Preparándome Para Iniciar Mi Negocio - Crete, Neb.
¿Ha soñado alguna vez con tener su propio negocio? Quiere abrir una panadería, un salón de belleza, un negocio de llevar contabilidades, una guardería, o cualquier otro negocio? Aprenda acerca de los recursos, requerimientos, y responsabilidades necesarias para iniciar el negocio de sus sueños en un taller que es GRATIS y en español. Es ofrecido por el Proyecto de Asistencia a la Empresa Rural (REAP), un programa del Center for Rural Affairs. USTED TIENE EL SUEÑO. Nosotros proveemos los recursos.
Fecha: Lunes, 18 de Marzo, 2019
Hora: 6 – 8 p.m.
Lugar: UCC Church, 440 E 12th St., Crete, NE 68333 
Para más información y para registrarse contacte a Nancy Tellez al 402.826.6405, nancy.tellez@crete.ne.gov o Mabel Alarcon al 402.598.2731, mabelcraven@cox.net.

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

Advanced QuickBooks - Plainview, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, March 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Plainview Library, 209 Pine St., Plainview, Nebraska
About: **This event has been rescheduled to March 21 due to inclement weather on March 14. If you were signed up for a spot on March 14, your spot is being held. If you cannot make it on March 21, please contact Susan Norris.** 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

Advanced QuickBooks - Lyons, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, March 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 March 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 - 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

Social Media - The Big Three - O'Neill, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, March 26, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Holt County Economic Development, O'Neill Depot Building, 330 E Hancock St., O'Neill, NE 68763
About: Learn how to effectively use “the big three” social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) to grow your business. You’ll discover the target market for each platform, why that pertains to you, 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. Our speaker, Diane Siefkes, a social media consultant from Lincoln, Neb., specializes in demystifying social media and email marketing for small business owners.
Registration (required by March 22): Kristi Peterson at info@growholt.com or 402.336.1504.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Holt County Economic Development

Business Education After Hours: REAP Resources - Red Cloud, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, March 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Auld Public Library, 537 N Webster St, Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970
About: Learn more about the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project. Loan Specialist Craig Eberle will give a general overview of the resources REAP has to offer and can connect you to. He'll also answer any questions you might have. This event should be of particular interest to people thinking about starting a small business or small business owners who are interested in expanding in some way.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Red Cloud Tourism & 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

Getting Ready to Start My Business - South Sioux City, Neb. (Spanish)
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, April 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: South Sioux City Public Library, 2121 Dakota Ave., South Sioux City, Nebraska
About: You have the dream. We provide the resources. 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.
Registration: Mabel Alarcon at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and South Sioux City Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Getting Ready to Start My Childcare Business - Nebraska City, Neb. (Spanish)
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, April 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Nebraska City Learning Center, 819 Central Ave., Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
About: You have the dream. We provide the resources. Have you ever thought about opening a childcare business and don’t know where to start? Do you need a license to take care of friends’ children? What other requirements do I need to comply with in order to open a childcare business? This educational workshop will help answer these questions.
Registration: Mabel Alarcon at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation

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 what, where, and why of websites, email marketing, and social media. We've blocked out time to answer your business-specific questions. Want to know how your business could be using Facebook? Want to learn more about how to integrate email marketing? Just interested in learning more in general about online marketing? This interactive session is for you. The Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce will provide light snacks. Diane Siefkes will instruct the course.
Registration (required by May 7): 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:

"Social Media Platform - The Basics," March 19, noon to 1:30 p.m., Sump Memorial Library, 222 N Jefferson St., Papillion, Nebraska. Free. Learn the ins and outs of various social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Instagram for your small business. Taught by a marketing expert. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Click here to register.

"Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business," Thursday, March 21, 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.

"Social Media and Search Engine Optimization," March 26, Noon to 1:30 p.m., Sump Memorial Library, 222 N Jefferson St., Papillion, Nebraska. Free. Learn the basics of SEO and why it is important to your small business. Taught by a social media expert. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Click here to register.

"Understanding SBA Certifications - 8a, HUBZone and the ED/WOSB Programs," March 27, 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.

GROW Nebraska MarkeTech Conference, April 3, Younes Conference Center at 416 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, Nebraska 68845. MarkeTech is the premier marketing and technology conference in Nebraska, but that doesn’t mean that only Nebraskans attend. MarkeTech draws attendees from surrounding states. Participants include business owners, marketing directors, entrepreneurs, resource providers, media and more. MarkeTech is sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project. Click here to register.

"Shark Tank" Casting Call, Saturday, April 6, Pinacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Nebraska, 9 to 11 a.m. ABC’s "Shark Tank" television show is coming to Nebraska, courtesy of the Engler Entrepreneurship program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. If you’ve got an innovative idea or product you want to develop commercially, start prepping your sales pitch. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to present their ideas and products to the casting team. The one- to two-minute pitches are the first step in being considered for pitching on the show’s 11th season. On the show, “sharks”—successful business people and potential investors—hear pitches and question presenters, seeking out those most likely to be successful and warrant investment. The event on April 6 will also include networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and business owners. Sign up to pitch at heartlandsharktank.com.

"Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business," Thursday, April 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," April 24, 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.

"Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business," Thursday, May 16, 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," May 29, 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.