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.

Notification:

Starting March 16, all Center for Rural Affairs events are postponed to prevent spread of the coronavirus. All events are listed below.

Office Hours:

POSTPONED - 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:

POSTPONED - 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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.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

POSTPONED - Construction Academy (Spanish) - Grand Island, Neb.Activate Your Marketing Plan - Madison, Neb.
Cost: $6 per person, payable to Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
When: Monday, March 30, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, 209 S. Lincoln St., Madison, Nebraska​
About: You'll depart from this class with some fresh ideas and a roadmap to activate your marketing plan. Katie Gutzmann of Freyday Freelance will instruct the course.​​
Registration (required by March 26): Peg at madisonchamber@telebeep.com or 402.454.2251​
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, and Freyday Freelance​

Related Events:

No events are planned at this time.

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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