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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 tohone your skills? 's latest innovation is coming tothe rescue. Available to anyone with access--or, in somecases, just a phone--virtual programs are helpingtime-challenged business owners go to the head of the class.

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

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