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TitleUSD Launches Workshops for Small Business Owners
ContactLiz Harman
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Certificates in International Trade & Small Business Management Offered

Take your small business to the next level with certificate programs in international trade and small business management and profitability at the University of San Diego. Both are 40-hour programs co-sponsored by the Small Business Development International Trade Center and the State of California Employment Training Panel.


The international trade program begins Monday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in USD’s Douglas F. Manchester Executive Conference Center. The course meets Monday and Wednesday evenings for five weeks. Business owners will learn to avoid the mistakes that small businesses often make when they begin exporting, develop an understanding of international marketing and distribution strategies and learn where to locate information related to international business and support services and resources.


The small business management and profitability program begins Thursday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference center. The course meets Thursday evenings and Friday mornings for five weeks. Business owners will learn about essential business disciplines of strategy, marketing, finance, operations, management and ethics; access the latest business information, tools and solutions and network with professional service providers and guest speakers.


“It is difficult for owners to maintain a profitable and sustainable business and then grow it to compete with the bigger companies,” said Mary McKay, Ph.D., adjunct USD business professor who teaches the management and profitability program. “Both of these programs will provide the owners with practical, how-to information that they can start implementing right away.


Business owners can learn more register online at Many will qualify for ETP funding from the state. The price for ETP-qualified firms is $325. Non-qualified companies will pay $1,400. Register by Sept. to take advantage of these rates. After Sept. 20, prices go up.


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The school’s six academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the schools of Business Administration, Education, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences, and the recently opened Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.



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