Training for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Owning a business requires a vision balanced with attention to detail. You need to be a generalist who understands the multiple aspects of running a business, as well as the ability to step back and see the big picture and to reach into the future.

 

The business environment is a complex place to be. Whether you wish to work as a consultant or freelancer, establish a corporation, or set up an operation that meets a need for very particular type of customer, there is a tremendous amount of information that you need to know and to apply.

 

This three-day course provides essential learning for new business owners, whether the business is just in the idea stage or you have already begun and need to fill in the gaps.

Basic Business Management: Boot Camp for Business Owners

Etiquette questions can be agonizing. Understanding the basics of business etiquette can give you that extra edge and help you stand out from the crowd.

In this course, you’ll learn all about business etiquette. First, you will learn tips for meeting new people, which include a good handshake, knowing how to handle business cards, making small talk, remembering names, and crafting a good first impression. Then, you’ll learn how to dress for success, dine with confidence, and present yourself well on the phone and via e-mail.

Business Etiquette: Getting That Extra Edge

We all play a role in our organization’s financial health, whether we realize it or not. This course will give you the skills that you need to speak knowledgeably about budgets and managing money, and to contribute to the bottom line. We recommend that you complete “Accounting Skills for New Supervisors” before beginning this course.

To start this course, you will review the fundamentals of finance (including basic terms, generally accepted accounting principles, and financial roles in an organization). Then, you will learn about different types of budgets and a six-step budgeting process. You will also learn how to monitor budgets, perform basic ratio analysis, and compare investment opportunities.

Budgets & Managing Money

Wouldn’t it be nice to be your own boss, work on your own schedule, and make money doing something that you’re passionate about? Millions of people around the world are living that dream and running their own business.

 

This three-day course will teach you the basics of entrepreneurship. You’ll consider if entrepreneurship is right for you and learn the basic steps of creating your own business. At the end of the course, you’ll have a solid foundation to start your entrepreneurial journey.

Entrepreneurship 101

We all know what good writing is. It’s the novel we can’t put down, the poem we never forgot, and the speech that changes the way we look at the world. Good writing is the memo that gets action and the letter that says what a phone call can’t. 

In business writing, the language is concrete, the point of view is clear, and the points are well expressed. Good writing is hard work, and even the best writers get discouraged. However, with practice you can feel more confident about your own writing. This workshop will give participants the tools to become better writers.

Business Writing That Works

Not that long ago, purchasing and procurement focused on a rights-based theory: acquiring the right product of the right quality, in the right quantity, from the right source, at the right time, and at the right price. Today, purchasing and procurement has evolved beyond this theory to include many supply chain functions, with a focus on building strong, collaborative relationships within and outside the organization.

In this course, you will learn the basics of purchasing and procurement. You’ll receive an introduction to the supply chain, the purchasing cycle, and basic purchasing tools. You’ll also learn about the competitive bidding process, how to manage supplier performance, risk management techniques, and ways to build relationships.

Purchasing & Procurement Basics