Workshops

CIENC 108 - Design Thinking 101 for Educators and Practitioners

Design thinking is an experiential hands-on problem-solving tool that promotes collaboration and dialogue to bring superior products and services that meets your user’s needs. This four-part workshop will teach and provide tools to implement design thinking inside your classrooms, departments or businesses, no matter the size.

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CIENC 111 - NEW! Entrepreneurial Mindset for K-12 Educators

We as educators need to start viewing entrepreneurial mindset as essential like skills that every student needs to succeed. Our mindset is what makes us productive members of society. The pandemic has laid it bare that we as educators and our students have to work on our thinking and reasoning skills more than ever before. This workshop will allow K-12 educators to explore how to imbed topics and activities in their existing courses to help their students develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

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CIENC 112 - NEW! Entrepreneurial Mindset for K-12 Educators

This course is designed to introduce investing and finance fundamentals, including understanding credit rating, managing credit, investing for retirement, and college funds. This beginner course will improve your financial thinking and decision-making process to help you understand the financial market and how it drives the economy and affects your life. The course will focus on some of the most common money mistakes people make and how to avoid financial pitfalls. This course will be applicable to individuals and small business owners.

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CIENC 113 - NEW! Grow with Google

This four-part workshop is designed to teach you how you can effectively utilize Google tools to grow your business. Focus will be on learning how to effectively use Google to reach new customers with a very small budget. The workshops will focus on effectively using YouTube, Google Search and Maps, Google Analytics and Google Business Suites.

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CIENC 400 - Product Development

For any small business to survive and thrive, continuous product and service development is vital. But this process is costly. Participants will learn what role “design thinking” plays in product and service development including testing prototypes.

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CIENC 401 - Customer Discovery

Getting, keeping and growing customer is the key to success of any business. In this context, think about how marketing and sales have changed in the last 20 years and the role social media has played in transforming how companies market their products and services to end users.

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CIENC 402 - Business Financing

Finding new sources of capital is critical for any small business. This course will explore alternative means of financing that small business owners can utilize, such as; utilizing cash flow effectively, factoring purchase orders and accounts receivable, and exploring local financing opportunities.

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CIENC 403 - Smart Recruiting & Retention

As a small business owner, hiring and managing qualified employees is never easy. This course will focus on innovative strategies along with state and federal employment laws to bring new employees onboard and once you build your team, learn how to motivate and keep them.

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CIENC 404 -Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship Non-Credit Certificate

The Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship Non-Credit Certificate is a 168-hour Program focusing on the nuts and bolts of owning and managing a small business. This certificate consists of 4 courses where participants will be able to complete the entire program in 14 weeks. Each course will be between 5 to 9 weeks long.

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