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.

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:

Financial Literacy - Pierce, Neb.
Cost: free to Pierce Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers, payable to Pierce Chamber of Commerce
When: Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Lied Pierce Library, 207 W. Court St., in Pierce​
About: In this session, we’ll focus on spending and saving, stretching your dollar, creating a spending plan to track money flow, and getting out of debt with payment plans. Kelly Abrahams of ASK Bookkeeping, of Hooper, Nebraska, will instruct the course.​
Registration (required by Feb. 11): Mandi Jablonski at piercechamberne@gmail.com or Nikki Weber at 402.329.4658; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Pierce Chamber of Commerce, and ASK Bookkeeping

Restaurant Academy (Spanish) - Lexington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Mondays, Feb. 17 and 24, and March 2, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Dawson Area Development, 1501 Plum Creek Parkway #5, Lexington, NE 68850​
About: Learn restaurant start-up basics, restaurant management, profit and loss, importance of inventories, and maintaining a food safe environment. Presented by Raul Arcos Hawkins, of the Center for Rural Affairs, and Sandra Barrera, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. 
Registration (required by Feb. 16): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Dawson Area Development

Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesdays, Feb. 18 and 25, and March 3, 10, and 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: College Park, Room 205, 3180 US-34, Grand Island, NE 68801​
About: Get the start-up basics from learning how to make bids, to safety requirements for contractors, subcontractors, or anyone wanting to gather more information about the construction industry. Presented by Chief Construction, BD Construction, and Dvorak & Donovan Law Group.
Registration (required by Feb. 14): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska Building Chapter

Construction Academy (Spanish) - Lexington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursdays, Feb. 20 and 27, and March 5, 12, and 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: Lexington Public Library, 907 N Washington St., Lexington, NE 68850​
About: Get the start-up basics from learning how to make bids, to safety requirements for contractors, subcontractors, or anyone wanting to gather more information about the construction industry. Presented by Chief Construction, BD Construction, and Dvorak & Donovan Law Group.
Registration (required by Feb. 16): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Nebraska Building Chapter

Table Talks: Tools for Understanding a Credit Report (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Financial Literacy - Auburn, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rural Impact Hub, 919 Central Ave., Auburn, Nebraska 68305​
About: This five-day training is focused on increasing Nebraska entrepreneurs’ financial literacy knowledge and skill. This curriculum provides participants with practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources to manage their finances with confidence. Jamie Aue will instruct the course.​
Registration (required by Feb. 26): Kim Beger at 402.274.3420 or info@growauburnne.org; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Auburn Development Council

Cleaning Academy (Spanish) - Lincoln, Neb.
Cost: No charge for class, fee for Cleaning Management Institute certification
When: Thursdays, March 5, 19, 26, and April 2, 16, 23, 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.​
Where: El Centro de las Americas, 210 O St. Lincoln, NE 68508​
About: Start up your own cleaning business. Learn about the right chemicals to use, safety guidelines, and get certified with the Cleaning Management Institute. Presented by Mabel Alarcon-Craven​.
Registration (required by Feb. 27): Mabel Alarcon-Craven at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Cleaning Academy (Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: No charge for class, fee for Cleaning Management Institute certification
When: March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. (Fridays) and 9 a.m. to noon (Saturdays)​
Where: Centro Hispano, 3020 18th, Suite 7, Columbus, NE 68601​
About: Start up your own cleaning business. Learn about the right chemicals to use, safety guidelines, and get certified with the Cleaning Management Institute. Presented by Mabel Alarcon-Craven​.
Registration (required by Feb. 28): Mabel Alarcon-Craven at 402.598.2731 or mabelcraven@cox.net
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Centro Hispano

Child Care Academy (Spanish) - Lexington, Neb.
Cost: Free; participant is responsible for CPR/AED/First Aid certification fee.​
When: Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, and April 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Dawson Area Development, 1501 Plum Creek Parkway #5, Lexington, NE 68850​
About: Learn about the requirements, licensing, and introduction to child care. Plus, we'll talk about maintaining child safety. This class also includes CPR, early head start, and first aid certification. Presented by Mabel Alarcon-Craven.
Registration (required by Feb. 28): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Dawson Area Development

Restaurant Academy (Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Mondays, March 9, 16, and 23, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Centro Hispano, 3020 18th, Suite 7, Columbus, NE 68601​
About: Learn restaurant start-up basics, restaurant management, profit and loss, importance of inventories, and maintaining a food safe environment. Presented by Raul Arcos Hawkins, of the Center for Rural Affairs, and Sandra Barrera, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.​
Registration (required by March 2): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Centro Hispano, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

Financial Literacy (Spanish) - Lexington, Neb.
Cost: Free​
When: Mondays, March 30, and April 6, 13, and 20, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Dawson Area Development, 1501 Plum Creek Parkway #5, Lexington, NE 68850​
About: Understanding personal finances is the first step toward managing your businesses finances. Get insight on how to structure for your business financially. Presented by Raul Arcos Hawkins, of the Center for Rural Affairs, and Mabel Alarcon-Craven.
Registration (required by March 23): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Dawson Area Development

Table Talks: Financials - How to Use Your Money (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, April 7, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Restaurant Academy (Spanish) - Norfolk, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Mondays, April 27, May 4 and 11, from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Norfolk Public Library, Meeting Room A, 308 W Prospect Ave., Norfolk, NE 68701​
About: Learn restaurant start-up basics, restaurant management, profit and loss, importance of inventories, and maintaining a food safe environment. Presented by Raul Arcos Hawkins, of the Center for Rural Affairs, and Sandra Barrera, of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. 
Registration (required by April 20): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension

Table Talks: 8 Better Business Ideas to Start Online (English and Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, May 8, from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Opportunity Central, 4830 33rd Ave., Columbus (BigIron Professional Building)
About: Free lunch with a side of business knowledge. Table Talks is on the first Tuesday of every month. A box lunch will be provided.
Registration (pre-registration is required): Doris Lux at 402.562.1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu or (en Espanol) Veronica Reyes Spindola at 402.942.1113 or veronicas@cfra.org.
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, SCORE, Central Community College, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund

Child Care Academy (Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free; participant is responsible for CPR/AED/First Aid certification fee.​
When: Saturdays, May 16, 23, and 30, and June 6 and 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Centro Hispano, 3020 18th, Suite 7, Columbus, NE 68601​​
About: Learn about the requirements, licensing, and introduction to child care. Plus, we'll talk about maintaining child safety. This class also includes CPR, early head start, and first aid certification. Presented by Mabel Alarcon-Craven.
Registration (required by May 8): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

Financial Literacy (Spanish) - Columbus, Neb.
Cost: Free​
When: May 19, 20, 26, and 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Centro Hispano, 3020 18th, Suite 7, Columbus, NE 68601​
About: Understanding personal finances is the first step toward managing your businesses finances. Get insight on how to structure for your business financially. Presented by Raul Arcos Hawkins, of the Center for Rural Affairs, and Mabel Alarcon-Craven.
Registration (required by May 12): Raul Arcos Hawkins at 308.833.0260 or raulah@cfra.org
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Centro Hispano

Related Events:

"New Year, New Business: Facebook Basics for Business," Friday, Feb. 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Nebraska Business Development Center, 6708 Pine St., University of Nebraska-Omaha, Mammel Hall, Room 216, Omaha, Nebraska 68106. Free + free parking. Learn the basics of using Facebook to help your business grow from a marketing expert. Hosted by the Small Business Administration. Click here to register.

"Startup Business Basics," Wednesday, March 4, noon to 1:30 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Business Plan Basics," Wednesday, March 11, noon to 1:30 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Online Marketing," Wednesday, March 18, noon to 1:30 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Intro to Federal Contracting," Wednesday, March 25, noon to 1:30 p.m., Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Starting an Online Business," Wednesday, April 1, noon to 1:30 p.m., Gere Branch Library, 2400 S. 56th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Instagram Marketing," Wednesday, April 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Small Business Resources," Wednesday, April 15, noon to 1:30 p.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

"Guerilla Marketing," Wednesday, April 22, noon to 1:30 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St., Lincoln, Nebraska. Join Lincoln Libraries and the Small Business Administration for a series of startup business classes, called "Taking Care of Business." To register, call 402.441.8500. Co-sponsored by Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, U.S. Small Business Administration, Nebraska Business Development Center, SCORE, City of Lincoln Libraries, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.

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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