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CSU offers training sessions for entrepreneurs

Clayton State University’s Continuing Education Department will collaborate with the entrepreneurial-education company, Entrepreneur Advisors Inc., to host a two-day training program for business owners that is being called, “Entrepreneur Academy.”

The training sessions focus on helping business people understand the human factor of rapid growth, selling and marketing, and how to build business infrastructure, according to Janet Winkler, executive director of CSU’s Center for Continuing Education.

Entrepreneur Academy will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, and Friday, Oct.14, in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State University campus, in Morrow. Training both days will be from 8:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., and includes lunch and free parking.

“This will be a tremendous opportunity to learn how to grow your business,” said Winkler. She added that the two-day seminar/training program is particularly geared toward those who already have a business, and are looking to tap into a larger network of other business owners.

She said individuals who attend the training should have two or more years of entrepreneurial experience. “They will benefit the most from this program,” she added.

The training sessions, Winkler said, are part of an Entrepreneurship 2.0 certificate program, and will be done on an ongoing basis, and will include: the two-day Entrepreneur Academy experience, and “honorary” membership in Entrepreneur Advisors.

The membership is good for one year and will allow access to Entrepreneur Advisors’ simulcasts and symposiums at no additional charge, she said.

One of the presenters at the event will be Entrepreneur Advisors Inc.’s Cliff Oxford, who was the named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000, by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Oxford will share information on a program he developed that teaches the entrepreneur how to position his/her organization for fast growth.

John Shiffert, director of university relations at Clayton State, said Oxford currently presides over Entrepreneur Advisors Inc., the “fast-growing” entrepreneurial-education company. He added that this will be Oxford’s second appearance at Clayton State University. His last was in January, when he was the speaker at the first installment of the School of Business’ Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

The registration fee for the two-day training will be $749 per person, Winkler said, but the Center for Continuing Education offers a discount to individuals who bring a colleague. Those who want to take advantage of the this offer when registering, should mention code E2.0, and receive a second seat for free.

In addition, she added, individuals who attend the conference may be able to receive a 50-percent discount on the registration fee. In order to take advantage of this offer, Winkler said, interested parties should call the CSU Center for Continuing Education before Oct. 7, at (678) 466-5083.