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News & Events

 

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


May SBA & Resource Partner Webinars


Weekly SCORE Live Webinars

  • May 5: CARES Act in Simple Terms – How to Know Which Programs Are Right For Your Business
  • May 7: Navigating Long-Term Uncertainty and the Aftermath of Disruption
  • May 12: The 4 Key Things Business Owners Should be Focused on Right Now
  • May 14: Essential PR Tools and Tactics – Elevate the Visibility of Your Business While Being Sheltered in Place
  • May 21: Don’t Let Fear Steal Your Dream of Business Ownership
  • May 28: How To Find Opportunities and Test Your Ideas When Existing Assumptions are Challenged

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

Note: All webinars are recorded here

NEBRASKA SBA Virtual Events

May 18th – Monday (Webinar)

Nebraska Enterprise Fund: Lisa de Verificación del plan de Reanudación Comercia

4-5:00pm

Pasos para comenzar cuando se produce una interrupción del negocio debido a un desastre/pandemia u otro. Aprenda a evaluar el estado actual del negocio, enumere todo lo necesario para abrir su negocio, Proyecto de plan do comunicación para sus clientes existentes y para atraer nuevos clientes, que sistemas deben cambiarse, actualizarse o eliminarse, y roles y responsabilidades del personal descritos y documentados.

Questions: 402-685-5500

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2815876622673/WN_d6csU68ERrKflXrrlYlmPA

 

May 21st – Thursday (Webinar)

Grow Nebraska: Starting An Online Business – Tips & Tricks

12-1:00pm

Tired of competing online without getting results? Join us as we walk you through valuable tips and tricks that are proven to help boost your product, or service, higher in Google Search results. Don’t settle for simply existing online – put these best practices to work and you too can start generating more customers to your business. You’ll learn about engaging existing customers, turning browsers into buyers and boosting your conversions.

Questions: 308-962-6767

Register: https://my.demio.com/ref/1TLJ6ELjKzjHxyzo

 

May 27th Wednesday (Webinar)

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.

Questions: Josh Nichol-Caddy, 402-554-2521

Register: https://nbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/9371

 

May 28th – Thursday (Zoom Meeting)

SCORE Social Media: Search Engine Marketing

9:30-11:30am

When should you consider buying Google Ads and Microsoft Ads for your business? How effective is Search Engine Marketing? Learn the ins and outs of this ever-changing marketing tool for businesses. This is a high-level overview of buying ads on Google and Microsoft (Bing).

Questions: 402-685-5500

Register: https://dospace.org/event/score-social-media-search-engine-marketing/

 

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.

Confidential Legal Services!


 

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!