October 29 | GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training | Blogging Boost

October 29 | GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training | Blogging Boost

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

Blogging Boost

This presentation will discuss the current state of blogging in 2020 (trends, Google preferences, etc.), and how NONE of those things matter if you don’t have content that is useful, relevant, and pleasant to read. We’ll talk about topic ideas, blog post format, and everything in between. You will learn: 

  • Blogging is still highly useful, so long as it’s strategically crafted with the audience in mind.
  • How to format your blog post to improve readability.
  • A discussion of 2020 blogging statistics in order to judge the overall blogging landscape.

Lauren Bonk, owner of the Curtain and Pen, hails from Kearney, NE, where she works as a freelance copywriter for small businesses, startups, and even larger corporate entities in need of professionally-written marketing content for their businesses and organizations.

With a background in both Theatre and English, Lauren loves to help companies find a voice, fine tune it, and authentically utilize it in written collateral like blog posts, website copy, and social media content.

You can typically find Lauren drinking coffee, listening to music that’s probably a little too loud, and daydreaming about drinking more coffee the next morning.

 

This training is brought to you in part by REAP. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.   

October 14 | GROW with Google Watch Party: Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools

October 14 | GROW with Google Watch Party: Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools

October 14 | GROW with Google Watch Party: Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools

Learn how to sell online to customers as they kick off their holiday shopping this season. We’ll walk through the benefits of setting up an online store with Shopify and how to list your products on Google Shopping so that you can sell from anywhere. Plus, learn about more helpful tools to stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store.

New Partnerships Help to Launch Training Tip Tuesdays!

New Partnerships Help to Launch Training Tip Tuesdays!

New Partnerships Help to Launch Training Tip Tuesdays!

 

Entrepreneurs seeking a little inspiration and education are encouraged to visit GROW Nebraska’s Instagram page each Tuesday at noon for Training Tips Tuesday.

Umeda Islamova, director of business consulting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship, leads Training Tips Tuesday by giving quick 10-minute lessons each week on how to grow a business. The UNL center where she works offers mentorships, workshops, competition and funding opportunities to help businesses grow.

Umeda said she contacted GROW Nebraska to see what support she could offer the GROW community. From that conversation, the idea was born to create short videos on strategies to grow businesses.

 

“The goal is to give business owners short tidbits without having to take too much of their time and without overwhelming them with lots of action items,” Umeda said. “We want to give business owners just one or two things to do so they continue to develop their businesses without putting in too much effort. Slow and steady wins the race.”

The trainings, which started in late August, cover topics such as branding, finding clients, and understanding profit and loss statements. Umeda instructs all of the classes.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to speak to everyone,” Umeda said. “Developing Nebraska businesses is my passion, and I’m happy to be working with other organizations who support this mission.”

Jessie Harris, GROW’s marketing and business development director, said the new training videos are also part of an overall strategy to increase Instagram use among GROW businesses.

“We want to grow our Instagram platform and promote Instagram take-overs, so using the live feature helps people to keep checking our page and promotes staying active and being an engaged follower of GROW Nebraska,” Jessie said. “We are super excited about this collaboration, and look to host more Instagram take-overs from other businesses.”

If you happen to miss Training Tips Tuesdays, the videos are recorded and can be viewed anytime by clicking on GROW’s Instagram page on the IGtv link. Business owners who want to ask questions must attend the live Instagram training.

GROW Nebraska® Foundation is a statewide non-profit training and marketing organization. Serving over 400 Nebraska small businesses, the organization provides marketing opportunities, education, and training to launch and connect Nebraska businesses to the global marketplace. GROW Nebraska’s educational programs receive federal and state funding, along with generous support from foundations and individual donors.

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training: How to Use Marketing to Recover and Thrive in the New Normal

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training: How to Use Marketing to Recover and Thrive in the New Normal

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

How to Use Marketing to Recover and Thrive in the New Normal

This webinar outlines the steps needed to recover and thrive in our “new world” by re-inventing your marketing and moving as much of your business online as possible. This webinar provides an introduction to marketing tools (digital and traditional), marketing plans and management systems to make it all work. You will learn:

  • Marketing Tools: what’s needed and where to get them
  • Marketing Plan: how to approach this and why its important
  • Management Systems: Why measurement and reporting are critical

Don Osborn’s consulting career started in Vancouver, BC in the 1990s developing corporate business plans for both public and private companies. Along with teaching business courses at local post-secondary institutions (Art Institute of Vancouver, Art institute of Burnaby) he began working in marketing and start-up development.

After a move back to Nebraska, Osborn worked in marketing, opening a small Marketing Agency, focused on digital and traditional marketing for small B2B businesses.

He has years of hands-on experience building websites, SEO campaigns, print & radio campaigns, direct mail campaigns, social media campaigns, company branding and much more.

This training is brought to you in part by REAP. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.   

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Monthly Trainings – SCORE & Business Plan Basics

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Monthly Trainings – SCORE & Business Plan Basics

SCORE & Business Plan Basics

Can’t make the webinar? Register, and we’ll send you the full recording to watch on your own time.

During this Presentation, you’ll know how to find and download the SCORE Business Plan & Financial Spreadsheet templates that will help you & your business startup, get off the ground, grow, succeed, and achieve your goals.

  • It’s Your Roadmap To Success
  • It’s Your Blueprint for Winning
  • It’s For You, Not Your Banker or Lender
  • You Can Make It Good To Great at NBDC
  • You Must Always Remember to Review and Refresh
  • Your Lean Start-up Canvas Is a Great Alternative … although Your Financial Institution Will Always Require Your Traditional Business Plan

Bill Encell graduated from UNL in 1962. He was with the SUN Newspapers of Omaha from 1963 to 1978. When Encell left the SUN, they were owned by Warren Buffett and he was the Assistant Publisher. Encell joined All Makes Office Equipment Co. in 1978, and retired in 2015. When Bill left All Makes he was the Executive Vice President and Quality Training Officer. Encell have been a volunteer Certified Mentor and Workshop Trainer with SCORE Greater Omaha Chapter #40 since 2015.

Space is limited, sign up now to reserve your space!
For additional information or questions, please contact Jessie Harris at 308-233-1142 or jessie@grownebraska.org.
 
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Check out our calendar of events for other great training opportunities from GROW Nebraska and our partners.
This training is brought to you by GROW Nebraska® sponsor, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA)
Our featured GROW Nebraska member this month is Provident Promotions from Hastings, NE. They have been a proud member since 2017. Learn more here.