Entrepreneurship class targets small businesses

Mary Meadows says her participation in first techEDge workshop helped her readjust the business model for her hydrogen-techology company at Innovations Incubator. — Photo by Jane Poston, Chandler Media Relations Dept.

As part of its mission to facilitate the growth of technology businesses citywide, west Chandler-based Innovations Incubator is launching what it calls a techEDge Entrepreneurship course for small-business owners.

The course is designed to give owners one-on-one access to experts that would be difficult to emulate.

“We had people that I wanted to speak with but were difficult to get to,” said techEDge graduate Mary Meadows, chief executive officer of H2 Pure Power, one of Innovations Incubator’s tenant partners.

“We had the opportunity to interface with them, and they covered every aspect of growing a technology business.”

This 10-week course is intended for entrepreneurs who are in the concept phase, early stage or growth mode. It’s designed to be interactive and fast-moving with current, real-world information.

The curriculum was developed in partnership with the Small Business Development Center and includes both formal instruction and individual consultations from professionals in their areas of expertise.

Topics include technology readiness, intellectual property, business analysis, investor strategies, market development, business process, strategic partnerships, financial management and accounting, capital formation strategies and human resources management.

The techEDge class will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday from April 10 to June 19 at the incubator site, 145 S. 79th St.,Chandler.

The bi-annual course will be offered again in October 2012.

Class size is limited to 15, however a waiting list is being created for those who would like to reserve space in future courses.

The cost is $120, and includes course materials and exclusive Web content. In addition, scholarships are available to Innovations tenants.

To register or learn more visit www.chandleraz.gov/ed  under Innovations.

For questions contact Sanjay Dhole, SBDC, at 480-809-6117 or sanjay.dhole@domail.maricopa.edu



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