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This story appears in the May 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

In search of a schedule that allows you to go back to school to hone your skills? Education's latest innovation is coming to the rescue. Available to anyone with Internet access--or, in some cases, just a phone--virtual learning programs are helping time-challenged business owners go to the head of the class.

Small Business University (SBU) is a teleconference-based school founded last year by Leslie Speidel, a Raleigh, North Carolina, marketing consultant and author. "We have telephone lines that hold up to 150 people," says Speidel. At SBU, you can pursue an Advanced Business Certificate or enroll in classes such as "Smart, Affordable Marketing." Costs range from about $40 to $75 per course.

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