BLACK ENTERPRISE and Dell are launching the Black Enterprise Small Business University Powered by Dell, an eight-week, online video course offering expert advice to entrepreneurs looking to start and grow profitable small businesses.
It’s not too late to sign up!
Small Business University registrants are eligible to win a grand prize package that includes $5,000 in cash, a $10,000 Dell Office Setup, a free one-on-one consultation with a small business development expert, a profile in BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine and 1-year gift subscription to the publication. A runner-up prize of a $6,000 Dell Office Setup, a free one-on-one consultation with a small business development expert, a profile on BlackEnterprise.com, and 1-year gift subscription to BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine will also be awarded.
Registration for Small Business University launched on Monday, April 16th, and it kicks off on Monday, April 30th with a session entitled, “Your Small Business Checklist: What Every Business Needs to Get Started.”
According to a statement, the Black Enterprise Small Business University Powered by Dell aims to assist entrepreneurs in three different stages of business development: the aspiring start-up, the part-time entrepreneur, and those with an already established enterprise. The eight-week course will consist of three original tutorials per week featuring a team of rotating business, marketing and technology experts.
“The path to entrepreneurship can be a difficult one to navigate, and many get lost along the way,” said Black Enterprise President & CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “With the enthusiastic support of Dell, a company which has set the bar in helping small business excel through innovative and practical technology solutions, services and support, we’re able to share the vital lessons of our Small Business University by way of a virtual classroom.”
The week-by-week schedule for the BlackEnterprise.com Small Business University Powered by Dell is as follows:
Monday, April 30 Getting Your Small Business Started
Your small business checklist – what key things every business need to have in place
Establishing your brand
Communicating your message, knowing your vision
Monday, May 7 Financing and Investing
How to raise capital for your business (loans vs. investments)
Perfecting your elevator pitch
Managing your budget – what to spend, what to save
Monday, May 14 Technology
Your gadget guide
Setting up your business for success – how technology can make all the difference
Tools to get you to the next level – from software to hardware
Monday, May 21 Marketing
Social media and what it means to your business
Connecting with your customer organically
How to boost the visibility of your business
Monday, May 28 Team Leadership
Hiring a good team
How to be a good manager
Knowing when (and how!) to let go
Monday, June 4 Growing Your Small Business
What’s your growth strategy?
Attracting new customers
Rethinking and reinventing your brand
Monday, June 11 Time Management
The part-time entrepreneur
Monday, June 18 The Exit Strategy
How to create an exit strategy
Who to trust with your business
How to ensure the company lives on
For more information, check out www.blackenterprise.com/sbu.