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Graduation of Entrepreneurial Business Training Program

Seven business owners graduate from intense NxLevel class


The City of Peoria’s Economic Development Services Department,  along with the Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center announced the graduation of seven business owners from an intense training program known as NxLevel for Entrepreneurs.  Graduation was held on Wednesday, March 27 in the Development and Community Services Building on the Peoria City Hall campus.

The course is structured for the busy business owner or employee, with 12 sessions of three hours each. The classroom learning included a concentrated version of a university-level entrepreneurial course.  Most importantly, the course presented an opportunity to connect with expert topic speakers-some who inspired the participants to tackle personal obstacles and some who probably challenged some of them to straightened out their accounting records.

Topics covered in the course were finding your target market, singling out your unique value proposition and differentiating your business, protecting your company legally, keeping your books and understanding and investigating financing options.  At the completion of the class, the graduates submitted a completed business plan.

The presentations from expert speakers, which were delivered both live and through Skype, proved priceless to even those who could not “graduate” due to business pressures.  During the session on protecting your company, Michael Dodd of Hardware Plus, confessed “I wish I had taken this class before I started my business!”

The hosts for the course, Debbie Pearson, CAP and Business Development Specialist for the city of Peoria and Debra Roubik, Business Analyst for Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center both believe in the philosophy proven by studies that entrepreneurs are more likely to be successful when being exposed to objective, third-party advice and information.

About City of Peoria Economic Development Services small business courses

The City of Peoria Economic Development Services offers a variety of services to help expand and grow local businesses including small business seminars such as this.  The Maricopa Community Colleges Small Business Development Center is a partnership between the Small Business Administration and Maricopa Community Colleges.   Counselors in eight different locations around the valley provide free, one-on-one business counseling, planning assistance, technology development and identification of capital sources.