North Carolina -- Although entrepreneurs are whizzes at producing their widgets or offering their services, they often don't have the luxury of developing top-notch management skills before opening their doors.
A new program in Charlotte, North Carolina, helps Mecklenburg County firms do just that. The 10-month training program, called the Small Business Owner Program (SBOP), is operated by the Central Piedmont Community College Corporate Training Center and is geared toward existing businesses.
SBOP operates from September to June and has three components. The educational arm consists of 18 evening seminars that address such issues as planning, advertising, accounting management and human resources. A second part gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in work-study groups to solve specific problems. These are preceded by one-hour networking sessions. Finally, each business owner receives 20 hours of one-on-one counseling from business experts.
To qualify, firms must have been in business for at least one year and kept financial records; they must also have issues that can be solved utilizing an educational approach. The participation fee is $400. To apply, call (704) 330-4054; the deadline is August 30.