Women Entrepreneur Conference coming to Grand Island During Women’s History Month - REAP Women's Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year honored

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Monica Braun, monicab@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 643-2673
or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010


Lyons, NE -  In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the Center for Rural Affairs Rural Enterprise Assistance Project’s (REAP) Women’s Business Center and U.S. Small  Business Administration will host the Women Entrepreneur Conference, featuring speakers designed to inspire and offer down-to-earth advice for women to start or grow a small business.  

The event will take place on March 18 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the YWCA of Grand Island, 211 East Fonner Park Road.

The Conference is for anyone interested in becoming an entrepreneur or already an entrepreneur and looking to expand their knowledge. Participants will learn about financial statements and how to use them to determine the health of their business, find out about current legal issues that impact today’s entrepreneurs, and get the chance to network with other small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs.  Conference goers will also get the opportunity to learn from and ask questions to a panel of current women business owners.
Being an event dedicated to growing women entrepreneurship in Nebraska it is fitting that the REAP Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year be honored. Maria Swenson of Alliance will receive the award.  Using services from the Center’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP), Maria is successfully operating and growing her business. This exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit so crucial to women-owned businesses and the rural Nebraska communities they call home.
Swenson will be presented her award by Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center Director during the midday lunch break.
The Women Entrepreneur Conference and presentation of Center for Rural Affair’s Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
211 East Fonner Park Road
Grand Island, Nebraska
Registration covers lunch and may be paid at the door or online at: http://events.sba.gov/eventmanagement/EventRegistration.aspx?id=9bc4ad23....  For more information, please call Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center Director at (402) 643-2673.  
For more information on the Center for Rural Affairs or these events go to - www.cfra.org - or call (402)687-2100.
The REAP WBC is a program funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.