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Fresh Start and PVCC team up

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Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and Paradise Valley Community College’s Business/IT Department have joined forces to offer The Small Business Start-Up certificate to support education and training in management, marketing, finance, technology and general business applications.

The Small Business Start-Up certificate is designed for individuals who want to become entrepreneurs. The program consists of 1-, 2-, and 3-credit courses offered in a variety of formats to support the schedules of prospective small business owners. Altogether, the courses provide a background in marketing, management, finance and a capstone course in which students complete a business plan.

The goal of the Small Business Start-Up certificate is “to create a foundation for prospective small business owners and contribute to the long-term success of the business community.” Program competencies include understanding the strategic, operational and functional role marketing plays in business growth; knowing the effects of leadership styles, employee styles and interpersonal communication methods on the role of the supervisor, and how to motivate employees and encourage positive behavior; presenting an overview of the Internet as a marketing tool for your business needs, and finally, creating a business plan.
Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping empower women through the services of the Jewell McFarland Lewis-Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center, which provides resources to more than 2,500 women a month.

A Start-Up Certificate Orientation will be held at the Fresh Start Center, 1130 E. McDowell Road, on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m. and will include a program overview and financial aid workshop. To register for the orientation, call career services manager Amy Michalenko at 602-261-7161. More information about Fresh Start can be found at phoenix.wehelpwomen.com.

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