Workshops

CIENC101 - Starting Your Own Business: The First 100 Days

If you are thinking about starting your own business, you need to understand what you need to accomplish in the first 100 days. You may have a good understanding of your product or service, but do you understand the business aspect? In other words, have you crossed your t's and dotted your i's?

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CIENC108 - 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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CIENC109 - Burmese Basic Computer Skills for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

This basic computer skills course is designed to meet Burmese small to micro business owners' needs with limited English capabilities. This beginner course will provide information with minimal technical jargon, broken into components that will help you start a small business or manage an existing business for growth.

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CIENC112 - Smart Investing & Personal Finance for Individuals and Small Business

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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CIENC114 - Accounting and Record Keeping for Your Small Business

Proper book-keeping is essential for every small business. A significant number of small businesses lack internal checks and balances when it comes to maintaining their finances. This can lead to serious problems which can lead to costing the businesses time and money. This short course will look into best practices when it comes to maintaining your books.

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CIENC115 - How to Choose and Buy the Right Franchise

Buying a franchise can be a good way to start a small business. Many people who dream of owning their own business choose this route. Though franchising offers many benefits, it also presents challenges and can be a costly endeavor. This class will focus on the due diligence one needs to do when acquiring a franchise.

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CIENC116 - Independent Consultant Startup

A significant number of people these days are starting their small business as independent consultants. This is also true especially with individuals who have recently retired or those who are going through a career change. Especially with the movement towards remote working this trend is only going to increase. This short workshop will focus on the do’s and don’ts of starting a business as an independent consultant.

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CIENC117 - Why and How to Write a Business Plan

If you are currently managing or thinking about starting a small business, a business plan is crucial. A business plan serves as a road map and is developed over time. This short workshop will help you get started on your business plan. You will be exposed to the different parts of a business plan and how to put it together in the context of your business.

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CIENC118 - Developing Your Marketing Plan

Having a well thought out marketing plan is essential for any small business. An effective marketing leads to sales increases. But many small businesses do not give adequate attention to their marketing. This workshop will show participants how to create and implement an effective marketing plan.

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CIENC205 - Design Thinking with LEGO®

Design thinking is an experimental 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 incorporate LEGO® in learning the five stages of Design Thinking. After the conclusion of the workshops, you will be able to lead your own sessions using LEGO.

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CIENC400 - 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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CIENC401 - 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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CIENC404 - 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 between 5 to 9 weeks long.

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