Academy set for small business advisers

August 31, 2009
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An annual certification program for professionals who work with small business is set to begin in October at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus.

The Academy of Professional Small Business Consultants is meant for lawyers, bankers, accountants, real estate specialists and others whose job entails assisting small businesses, said Jennifer Deamud, marketing manager for the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center at GVSU’s Seidman College of Business.

The academy will meet Oct. 5-9 and again March 22-26. The schedule is a change from the spring-fall combination used in previous years, said Academy Facilitator Sienna Mavima. The program will include classroom instruction, seminars, dinner speakers, case study analysis and demonstrations. Participants must complete the first week in order to attend the second week’s session.

The March week is devoted to presentation of business plans that are assigned in October. Several bankers have agreed to review the plans and provide feedback about their viability in securing business loans, Deamud said.

The aim is to teach the basic tools, information and techniques to facilitate the entrepreneur’s solutions of problems by direct guidance or by referral.

Mavima said the course will be open to about 20 students. The fee is $2,500, which includes meals but not accommodations.

For more information, contact Mavima at 331-7483.

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