Welcome to Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) Programs

This multi-faceted programs explore the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base. Through Minerva programs, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development. Also, practitioners will examine the barriers they face and how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are more than 16.5 million small businesses in the United States. And the most successful ones use technological advances to allow them to compete with larger firms in the marketplace. Master this type of knowledge by attending one of our major programs in business of Small Business Management. You can obtain the skills and methods needed to launch a new enterprise, take over an existing business, or be a dynamic manager who can make a dramatic difference in the future of a small business. Start becoming an entrepreneur today.

The Programs in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management present a strong instructional foundation for launching and successfully operating a small business venture. The programs span all stages of small business development, from defining an idea to finding and managing your finances to building marketing strategies and managing your operation. These professional programs teach you how to finalize your business plan and practice the next steps to executing and managing a successful business.

Our small business training programs provide the skills to either start a small business or top up your knowledge in certain areas, or be on your way to success.

Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) Programs

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Family Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate

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Small Business Finance

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Success in Small Business: The Fundamentals

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Simplified Strategic Planning for SMEs

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Entrepreneurship: New Venture Start-Up and Growth

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Buying and Managing Small Business

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Balanced Scorecard for SMEs

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The Advantage of Minerva

Learning is a process, not a single event. Participants are encouraged to arrive at a program with specific issues they want resolved so their experience in the program can be shaped to help them achieve these goals. But they don't stop learning when class is dismissed. On return to the workplace, they schedule follow-up meetings with colleagues and advisers to pass on what they've learned, implement plans for organizational change and anticipate new challenges before they arise. Please visit our new model of Training Benefit analysis


The Essence of Minerva Model

Peer learning does not occur by accident. Participants in Minerva Programs can learn as much from each other as they will from the faculty. At Minerva, we strive for both structured and informal peer learning opportunities — workshops, participant lectures, study groups, topic tables at meals, exercises and simulations, to name just a few. We also work to ensure that the people attending our courses are of comparable managerial and experience levels.

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