Entrepreneurial skills get a boost at W. Chandler incubator sessions


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.


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