Small Business and Startups

Do you dream of starting your own business, or have you already taken steps to own or manage one? Our noncredit courses can provide you with information, insight and ideas to successfully launch or manage a business. Learn how to solve common business startup problems from experts with experience.

Accounting Intro

If you have no previous accounting experience, start here. Intended to serve as an excellent companion when learning to use QuickBooks or other accounting software, this course is designed for people who might not be pursuing a career in accounting but need a working understanding of basic accounting principles.

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Discover Your Entrepreneurial Strengths

This program will help entrepreneurs discover, develop and direct their business builder talents. The focus of this course is on developing the most important factor in becoming a successful business builder…YOU! Increasing self-awareness and learning about your builder talents empowers you to harness your unique talents to increase success. Through our evening together, we will uncover your business builder talents, the innate talents for starting and growing something of economic value.

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Small Business Branding

In business, commodities are bought for the lowest price possible, but brands are purchased at a premium. Learn how to create a brand that allows you to master your market while also commanding top dollar. This class will provide the concepts, tools and techniques needed to discover, craft and communicate your true brand.

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Business Design for Creatives

Pursuing your dream career in a creative field takes passion and tenacity. Not only are your creative talents necessary, but having an entrepreneurial mindset is also key to success. In this course you'll learn how to build your business from ground up from forming your business entity to creating a stand-out brand to exponentially growing your professional network. You'll gain the skills you need to turn your creative dream into a business reality. Students are expected to complete coursework outside of scheduled class time.

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Business Growth for Creatives

Once you've kick-started your creative business it's time to focus on growth. Cultivating a deep understanding who your ideal client is and isn't is step #1 to expanding your business reach. With a clear brand package you can now build your business through authentic marketing and laid-back relationship-based sales. Understanding how to clearly communicate your value and professionally present your work will help you take your creative business to the next level. Students are expected to complete coursework outside of scheduled class time.

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Legal Pitfalls for Biz Startups

Learn about legal concerns and business pitfalls from the perspective of a founder of three startup companies. Topics covered: contract issues, employee issues, business partner legal issues, stock holders, investors (Angel and Venture Capital), state, federal and other regulatory hurdles, intellectual property protection and breaches, contractor legalities and grants. As a new business owner, learn how to identify the risks, thresholds and mitigation plans to minimize surprises that can slow your momentum (or worse!). This class will provide a practical approach to improve skills and help you identify the need for, and prepare for meeting with attorneys.

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Registration

Use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and enroll online, or phone (608) 258-2301 menu option 2 for registration assistance.