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Due to the current COVID-19 concerns all in person events have been suspended until further notice. See Local Small Business Resources below.


Virtual Military Spouse Entrepreneurship Program

Date/ Time: July 9th and 16th 9:00 AM CT – 12:30 PM CT

Join us via zoom for two days of virtual training. The Military Entrepreneurship program is designed to train military spouses to create or expand a small business. Our program is designed with the flexibility of the military lifestyle in mind. This training will ensure their business are transferable in whatever situation they encounter; be that transition to a new post or the family leaving the service.

For more information and the register online visit: bit.ly/milspousebiz

Virtual Coffee House

Date/ Time: Monday and Friday 8:00 AM CT – 9:00AM CT

Grab your favorite mug and join the conversation with VBRC President Darcella Craven and some of the Midwest’s top business professionals. These bi-weekly informal chats cover a variety of topics from Servant Leadership, Business Finance and much more.

For more information visit: https://bit.ly/vetbizcoffeehouse


June SBA & Resource Partner Webinars


Weekly SCORE Live Webinars

Free

  • Jun 9: Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity While Working Remotely
  • Jun 11: National Safety Guidance to Protect You and Your Workers from COVID-19
  • Jun 18: Protecting Your Business From Fraud
  • Jun 24: A Simple Recipe for Social Media Success

Register: https://www.score.org/live-webinars

Note: All Online Classes are recorded – https://www.score.org/recorded-webinars

 

NEBRASKA SBA Virtual Events

June 8th – Monday (Online Class)

REAP WBC: Learn How to Start Or Grow Your Business

6-7:30pm

Calling all beginning farmers and ranchers across Nebraska! You are invited to a two-part series on starting your farm & ranch, from the convenience of your home. Topics include learning about two direct-sales based operations and how the beginning producers at their helm have overcome barriers and adapted in challenging times. This session features Hannah Esch of Oak Barn Beef and Jay Wolff of Wolff Produce.

Beginning

Free of charge

Questions: Erin Schoenberg, 402-499-2781 or erins@cfra.org

Register: https://www.cfra.org/events/dreamenglish

 

June 9th – Wednesday (Online Class)

NBDC Technology Commercialization: SBIR/STTR 101

10:00-11:00am

Learn SBIR/STTR program basics and if you’re eligible to apply. This event will help attendees identify appropriate agencies and topic areas and discuss the commercialization process, preparing participants for the SBIR Road Tour that stops in Omaha on October 19.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: Josh Nichol-Caddy, 402-554-2521 or jnicholcaddy@unomaha.edu

Register: https://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/9372

 

June 9th, 16th & 23rd (Online Class)

REAP: Using Video in Marketing – three-part Online Class series

5:30-7:30pm

This class will introduce participants to the elements of using videos in marketing as well as how video can impact their businesses, websites or brands. Topics include the importance of knowing your audience, developing a budget for videos, storyboarding and so much more. Instructed by Matt Sherman of Three Pillars Media in Lincoln, NE. $99 for all three Online Classs, payable to Southeast Community College.

All levels

$99

Questions: Holly Carr, 402-323-3363 or hcarr@southeast.edu

Registration: https://www.cfra.org/events/using-video-marketing-online

 

June 10th – Wednesday (Online Class)

Nebraska Business Development Center PTAC: Marketing Your Business & Selling to the Gov Made Easy

8:30-11:00am

Selling to government agencies at the local, state and federal levels is a great way to try to increase your business’s sales. Marketing Your Business and Selling to the Government Made Easy is a workshop that introduces you to the basic information you will need to consider this means of increasing your sales by selling to government agencies. Our workshop will show you how to find opportunities at public websites, how to register with public agencies, and in general will explain the many details of government contracting. Then we’ll work with you one-on-one to help make it happen for your business. The focus of this workshop is federal government contracting, although State of Nebraska and Omaha/Douglas County contracting is discussed.

Intermediate

Free of charge

Questions: Mary Graff, 402-554-6254

Register: https://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/9284

 

June 10th – Wednesday (Zoom Meeting) (En Español)

UNL Extension/SCORE: Lunch Talks Los Miercoles

12-1:00pm

El Desempleo en tiempos del COVID-19. La oradora invitada es Emily Santa de Legal Aid of Nebraska.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: Sandra Barrera, 308-380-6915

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unl.zoom.us/j/96347556350?pwd=NGVvZnpjWjNVZkpITlFJSkZmNmNmQT09

Meeting ID: 963 4755 6350

Password: 390465

 

June 11th – Thursday (Online Class)

NBDC PTAC: Winning Strategies and Best Practices For Government Prospecting

10-11:15am

This Online Class will be presented by Joshua Frank, the managing partner for RSM Federal. Mr. Frank is nationally recognized as one of the most dynamic, energetic, and thought-provoking trainers in the government market. Mr. Frank is a nationally recognized authority on government sales and business acceleration. The tactics and strategies in this Online Class have helped small businesses win more than $2B in government contracts.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: Catherine Walsh, 402-554-6270

Register: https://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/9333

 

June 16th – Tuesday (Virtual Conference)

NBDC PTAC: Agricultural Innovators – Agricultural Innovators Meetup

2-3:30pm

Hear from three Nebraska companies that received SBIR grants from USDA. All three came to the program with different backgrounds and received funding for different topic areas. Each company is in a different stage of commercialization. Learn from their experiences, ask questions, and connect with others in Nebraska’s agricultural innovation ecosystem.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: Josh Nichol-Caddy, 402-554-2521 or jnicholcaddy@unomaha.edu

Register: https://unk.zoom.us/Online Class/register/WN_S4FUBStoTzaO9gyYQK-HBg

 

June 17th – Wednesday (Zoom Meeting) (En Español)

UNL Extension/SCORE: Lunch Talks Los Miercoles

12-1:00pm

Buscando el Perdon de sus Prestamos. El orador invitado es Juan Sandoval de NEF.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: Sandra Barrera, 308-380-6915

Join Zoom Meeting: https://unl.zoom.us/j/96347556350?pwd=NGVvZnpjWjNVZkpITlFJSkZmNmNmQT09

Meeting ID: 963 4755 6350

Password: 390465

 

June 17th – Wednesday (Online Class)

SBA: Small Business Financing

1-2:00pm

This workshop covers the basics of finding financing for your small business – what information lenders will want to review, traditional lender and SBA guaranteed loan options, and what you can do if you can’t obtain traditional or SBA guaranteed financing.

Beginning

Free of charge

Questions: Elizabeth Yearwood, 402-221-7200, Elizabeth.yearwood@sba.gov

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2915900759568/WN_rMq2O8MQTQW9g-HFO1GjPA

 

June 18th – Thursday (Online Class)

SBA: Winning Federal Contracts For Your Small Business

9-11:00am

Learn the SBA’s 4 steps to entering the federal marketplace: how to self-certify yourself as a small business (understanding NAICS codes), how to know if the Federal Government buys what you sell (understanding set-asides), how to know if it is for you (registrations and certifications), and how to market your business to the government.

For existing businesses

Free of charge

Questions: 402-221-7229

Register: https://sbanebraska3rdthursday.eventbrite.com

 

June 18th – Thursday (Online Class)

Grow Nebraska: University of Nebraska Crafters’ License

12-1:00pm

The University of Nebraska created a crafters’ license program to benefit the local craftperson. We believe this program will provide crafters with an opportunity to use their creativity without infringing the University’s trademarks, while still allowing the University to maintain the integrity of its brand.

All levels

Free of charge

Questions: 308-962-6767

Register: https://grownebraska.org/june-18-university-of-nebraska-crafters-license/

 

Funding Opportunities:

 

Hello Alice – Is offering $10,000 grants through its Business For All grant program. In addition to funding, grant recipients will receive ongoing support from the Hello Alice community.

 

Local Small Business Resources


St. Louis Area

Kansas City Area

Iowa Resources

Nebraska Resources

 

Additional Resources:

WBENC – Resources for Women-Owned Businesses in Response to COVID-19
There are hundreds of WBENC-Certified WBE’s with COVID-19 related supplies and services. For a limited time, WBENC is sharing a list of these WBEs to the public to help support procurement needs for the greater business community and to fuel business opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
 

Missouri Women’s Business Center – Coffee + Conversation at 9:30am CST weekly on Tuesdays


 

 

2018 Small Business Champions Congratulations

Iowa Small Business – Hooah! Veterans Smallbiz Champ Mike Olson Army

St. Louis Small Business – Hooah! Entrepreneur of the Year Tim Smith Army


Upcoming VBRC Events

Boots 2 Business Reboot:    Register here Choose your state and choose your desired location. Start times are 0800 unless otherwise indicated. Other areas of the country are listed as well.

Webinars – Click here to view our list of upcoming webinars that can help propel your small business to success.

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CEO Roundtable Application

The Center has an excellent team of small business owners, military Veterans that gather monthly to discuss business issues.  Click here to apply for membership.

Next Steps…

Are you ready to disrupt the system?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there.   Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B.   Your unit has not left you!