Aspiring business owners are invited to learn about available planning, training and financial resources at a free, ninety-minute workshop in Spanish. The workshop is organized by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP).

Two sessions of “Prepárandome para Iniciar mi negocio” (Getting Ready to Start My Business) are set for Wednesday, April 4, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The event will be at Nebraska City Center for Children and Families, 917 Wildwood Lane, in Nebraska City.

Mabel Alarcon-Craven, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP business development consultant, who serves Spanish-speaking business owners and aspiring business owners in Southeast Nebraska, will present the workshop.

“Most people have dreamed of being their own boss,” she said. “Some have a vision of starting a restaurant, a retail store, or a business their whole family can work in. For others, the dream is getting paid to do what they love, like sewing, baking, or building. And, many people wish they had extra income while staying home with their kids or after they retire.”

REAP exists to help businesses in key areas such as financing, education and training, networking, and technical assistance. This workshop is intended to help participants to answer questions such as: do I have the rit skills and personality to run a business? Is this the right time to start the business? Is there a big enough market for the product or service? “Answering these and other related questions is the beginning of the whole process,” Alarcon-Craven said.

“The community has identified business opportunities that are needed in Nebraska City, and I look forward to helping people explore their options,” she said. “If you have a dream for a business that provides a better life for yourself and your family, and makes southeast Nebraska stronger, I want to hear about it.”

Current and prospective business owners in the Nebraska City area can contact Alarcon-Craven at 402.598.2731. For more information or to find a REAP representative in your area, visit

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Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project receives funding from the Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, Nebraska Business and Innovation Act through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, United States Department of Treasury, Peter Kiewit Foundation, and other sources. Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All Small Business Administration funded programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or persons with limited English proficiency will be made if requested in advance. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.