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 Anna Pratt, Women's Business Director, 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:

Advanced QuickBooks - Wakefield, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gardner Public Library, 114 3rd St., Wakefield, NE 68784
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 12): Gardner Public Library at 402.287.2334; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Gardner Public Library

Advanced QuickBooks - Pierce, Neb.
Cost: Free to Pierce Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers, payable to Pierce Chamber of Commerce
When: Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pierce Public Library, 207 W. Court St., Pierce, NE 68767
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 13): Mandi Jablonski at piercechamberne@gmail.com or call Nikki Weber at 402.329.4658; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Pierce Chamber of Commerce

QuickBooks Basics (2-day course) - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Nov. 18, and Monday, Nov. 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (two-day course)
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: Small business owners are invited to learn to track income and expenses in QuickBooks. Attendees will set up a company file; learn about customers, vendors and banking; and run reports. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 16): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

QuickBooks Online Basics - Superior, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Superior Estates Winery, 200 W 15th St., Superior, Nebraska 68979
About: Learn QuickBooks Online basics - set up banking, invoicing, billing, and reconciling. Get QuickBooks working for your business to save time and money. Kelly Abrahams, from ASKBookkeeping, will instruct the course. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops.
Registration (required by Nov. 15): Kelly Abrahams at askbookkeeper@gmail.com or 402.720.7684 or Cameron Vyzourek at 402.879.3419; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Superior Chamber of Commerce, and ASKBookkeeping​

Advanced Excel - Wakefield, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gardner Public Library, 114 3rd St., Wakefield, NE 68784
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 18): Gardner Public Library at 402.287.2334; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Gardner Public Library

QuickBooks Basics - Laurel, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to Noon
Where: Security Bank, 202 East 2nd St., Laurel NE 68745
About: Learn to work with your chart of accounts; import bank feeds from online banking; record your business and personal transactions properly into your check register; reconcile your bank accounts; and record your credit card purchases into QuickBooks. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 18): Security Bank at 402.256.3247; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Security Bank - Laurel and Hartington

Advanced QuickBooks - Laurel, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Security Bank, 202 East 2nd St., Laurel NE 68745
About: Learn to filter reports; create financial reports and cash flows; input budgets; create and record assets and related loans; recording loan payments with interest; and memorizing transactions. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 18): Security Bank at 402.256.3247; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Security Bank - Laurel and Hartington

QuickBooks Basics - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to Noon
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S. Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Learn to work with your chart of accounts; import bank feeds from online banking; record your business and personal transactions properly into your check register; reconcile your bank accounts; and record your credit card purchases into QuickBooks. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 19): Security Bank at 402.254.2455; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Security Bank - Laurel and Hartington

Advanced QuickBooks - Hartington, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Thursday, Nov. 21, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hartington Public Library, 106 S. Broadway Ave., Hartington, NE 68739
About: Learn to filter reports; create financial reports and cash flows; input budgets; create and record assets and related loans; recording loan payments with interest; and memorizing transactions. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 19): Security Bank at 402.254.2455; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and Security Bank - Laurel and Hartington​

QuickBooks Basics - Scribner, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Scribner Public Library, 530 Main St., Scribner, Nebraska 68057
About: Learn the basics of QuickBooks desktop including invoicing, entering bills, and writing checks. Kelly Abrahams, owner of ASKBookkeeping, from Hooper, Nebraska, will present the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 29): Kelly Abrahams at askbookkeeper @gmail.com or 402.720.7684 or Angie at scribnerlibrary@yahoo.com; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and ASKBookkeeping

Advanced QuickBooks - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: Small business owners are invited to build on their knowledge of basic QuickBooks functions and increase recordkeeping skills through an advanced course. Attendees will expand their QuickBooks knowledge by customizing templates; filtering reports; setting up assets and loans; and reviewing payroll and liabilities. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Nov. 30): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

Basic QuickBooks and Advanced Workshops - O'Neill, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Wednesday, Dec. 4; Basics: 9 a.m. to Noon; Advanced: 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Holt County Economic Development, 330 E. Hancock St., O'Neill NE 68763
About: In the basics morning session, learn how to create customer accounts; enter sales and income; write checks and track expenses; generate reports; and use other QuickBooks features. In the advanced afternoon session, learn how to filter reports; customize templates; run payroll; track fixed assets; and use other QuickBooks features. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Dec. 3): Holt County Economic Development at 402.336.1504 or info@growholt.com; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, Holt County Economic Development, and db Consulting, LLC

Advanced Excel - West Point, Neb.
Cost: Free
When: Monday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: John A Stahl Library, 330 N. Colfax, West Point, NE 68788
About: Small business owners are invited to increase their knowledge of the Excel program through an advanced course. Attendees will expand knowledge of formulas; learn quick tips and tricks to be more efficient; link cells, charts; group worksheets; and chart. Diann Ballard from db-Consulting, LLC, of Pender, Nebraska, will instruct the course. The use of laptops and software will be provided.
Registration (required by Dec. 7): John A Stahl Library at 402.372.3831; class size is limited
Hosted by: Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project and John A Stahl Library

Related Events:

"Winning Federal Contracts for Your Small Business," Thursday, Nov. 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.

"Women Managing Ag Land Conference," Wednesday, Dec. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Drive, Lincoln, NE 68508. $45. The Women Managing Ag Land Conference will allow women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops, and gain valuable knowledge. Keynote speakers and workshops will focus on helping Nebraska land owners and tenants navigate the challenges of managing farm and ranch land. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading experts in land values, Nebraska property taxes, cash rental rates, and cultivating landlord tenant relationships. The conference is hosted by Nebraska Extension and is inspired by Annie’s Project. In Nebraska, Annie’s Project is supported by Farm Credit Services of America. 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. 
 

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