Making the jump from independent entrepreneur to successful business owner means leveraging the talents of others.
At the next Coffee & Connections workshop, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, speaker Wayne Smith will help navigate the ins and outs of developing and managing a successful team.
SBDC is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Maricopa Community Colleges. Its Chandler office is in the city’s Innovations Incubator; other offices are located around the Valley and nationwide.
Coffee & Connections will be held 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Innovations Incubator,145 S. 79th St.The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to limited seating.
Smith co-founded an information technology company and managed its growth from two people to 20, attaining annual revenues of $20 million. He ultimately managed a successful merger with a larger company 15 years later.
Smith’s most important talent focuses on building and managing integrated teams of all disciplines to achieve corporate objectives.
Topics will include:
- Why a team versus going it alone.
- Are team members full time, part time, external advisors, board members?
- What functional skills are required in the team?
- What to look for in personalities, attitudes, etc.
- Where to find these people.
- How to compensate team members.
- Team planning for the next level of the company’s growth.
- Succession-planning team.
Coffee & Connections is a quarterly series presented by the Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Innovations Science & Technology Incubator in Chandler.
Other future dates are Thursdays, April 19, July 19 and Oct. 18.
To register visit http://www.maricopasbdc.com/ and sort by the topic ‘Technology Programs,’ or call Sanjay Dhole, 480-784-0591.