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New Small Business Workshop Series Offered at EIU


A new business workshop series will kick off this fall designed to give local businesses a little “tune up” with their management skills.

The series, “Time for a Tune-Up,” is organized by the Sustainable Entrepreneurship through Education and Development (SEED) Center to provide local business owners with the necessary skills to succeed in their entrepreneurship ventures.

The workshops start at 7 a.m. before many business owners open their stores for the day, allowing them time to include the workshops in their hectic schedules, said Marko Grünhagen, director of the SEED Center.

Every workshop will be taught by experienced faculty members with content that can easily be applied to their business, he said.

“The new series is a continuing part of the SEED Center’s initiative to grow and develop our local small businesses,” Grünhagen said. “The center understands that 50 percent of small businesses fail within the first five years and we want to combat that percentage.”

The workshops cost $39 per session or $99 for the entire fall series.

The first session is called “Discipline and Termination: Knowing how and when to end the employment relationship” taught by Melody L. Wollan. The workshop will take place from 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 at Carle Physician’s Building in Mattoon (in front of Showplace Movie Theater).

The second workshop is called “What is the Value of My Small Business” taught by David McGrady, which will take place from 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in Room 2020 Lumpkin Hall at EIU.

The third workshop is called “Chaos or Consistency: The importance of policy documentation for employees” taught by Scott Stevens, which will take place from 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Room 1040 in Lumpkin Hall at EIU.

To register for the workshop, go here.

The SEED Center at EIU is the interdisciplinary home for entrepreneurial education, research and community partnerships. The SEED Center’s primary focus is to foster collaboration among students, researchers, educators and practicing entrepreneurs to promote entrepreneurship through integrative learning. For more information about the SEED Center, click here.



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