New and existing small business owners find benefits in Moraine Park certificate

by polson31. July 2001 19:00
    Moraine Park Technical College's Small Business Training Certificate, beginning Sept. 8, isn't just for the start-up business owner.

     "Although the one-year certificate is designed for people interested in exploring the components of small business start-up and operation, it offers something for both new and existing entrepreneurs," said Pat Olson, Moraine Park's dean of Business Occupations and Culinary Arts.

     "Participants receive hands-on training in the areas of business planning, financing, marketing, customer service, financial management, and business communications," added Olson. "They receive good exposure to a variety of areas."

     "Each class offers real-life equations, examples and opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs," said Kathy McArthur, instructor for the certificate. "Students are also exposed to several guest speakers including bankers, attorneys and accountants."

     Debra Messer-McFarlane, a home-based business owner, decided to enroll in one of Moraine Park's small business courses, hoping it would provide her with new ideas for her own business. She wasn't disappointed. "I picked up very good information on how to organize my business as well as the importance of doing research and having a business plan. The instructor was also very knowledgeable and informative, and kept the class on track."

     The Small Business Certificate is comprised of five, two-credit courses that are taken in sequence. They are: Organizing Your Small Business, Financial Management, Marketing, Customer Service and Writing a Business Plan. The courses are shared with Fox Valley Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and Lake Shore Technical College.

     All classes are held on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and run for six weeks. The first class, Organizing Your Small Business, begins Sept. 8. To register for this class at the Fond du Lac campus call 920-929-2100. Use course number 145-180-001. To register for the class at the Beaver Dam or West Bend campuses call 920-887-4400 or (262) 335-5700, respectively; and use course number 145-180-003. Outside the area call 1-800-221-6430.

     For more information about this certificate, contact Pat Olson at 920-924-3333 or