Multiple AICP and Economic Development Training Opportunities in Wisconsin this Spring

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies

Date: May 8 - 9, 2014
Location: Madison, WI

This course qualifies as a professional development elective needed to sit for the Certified Economic Developers Exam 

AICP Certification Maintenance points: CM | 16

This multi-faceted course explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation and more. Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and promote the diversification of the economic base. In this course, you will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small business development. Also, practitioners will examine the barriers they face and how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.

Course Highlights:

  • Identifying and addressing the needs of entrepreneurs 
  • Defining urban v. rural-focused entrepreneurial and small business strategies 
  • Managing technical assistance (e.g., economic gardening) programs 
  • Development and management of business incubators 
  • Understanding federal and state government resources (e.g., SBDCs) 
  • Financing programs including micro-lending, venture capital, and angel networks 
  • Creating a technical assistance tracking system to measure job growth and etc.

Instructors:

Maureen Collins-Williams 
Director, Entrepreneurship Outreach & Regional Business Center
University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center

Janna King, CEcD EDFP 
President
Economic Development Services, Inc.

Erik R. Pages, PhD 
President
EntreWorks Consulting

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Neighborhood Development Strategies

Date: June 19 - 20, 2014
Location: Madison, WI

This course qualifies as a professional development elective needed to sit for the Certified Economic Developers Exam 

AICP Certification Maintenance points: CM | 16

This practitioner-driven course uses the case study method to complement current neighborhood development theory. Participants will learn how to identify the major neighborhood actors, their objectives, and strategies for redevelopment, in addition to understanding the process for creating a strategic economic development plan to meet the neighborhood development goals. Specifically, this course will examine social capital (e.g., linkages, networks, talent, etc.), environmental capital (e.g., stewardship, residual management, etc.) and economic capital (e.g., investment and reinvestment) facing distressed neighborhoods and offer solutions to address local needs.

Course Highlights:

  • Asset creation, wealth creation, and enterprise development & expansion 
  • Housing development, real estate speculation, and tax-base stabilization 
  • Public and private sector role in combating inner city unemployment 
  • Examining historical and current neighborhood trends 
  • Performing leakage assessments and gap analyses 
  • Aligning strategic plans for multiple neighborhood groups 
  • Understanding the underserved needs for banking and grocery 
  • Working with media to share success stories

Instructors:

Mark Barbash, FM 
Chief Operating Officer 
Finance Fund

Diane Lupke, CEcD FM 
President
Lupke & Associates, Inc.

Accommodations/Training Location for Both Courses

Best Western Plus Inn on the Park 
22 S Carroll Street 
Madison, WI 53703-3309 
Phone: (800) 279-8811

Announcement Type: 
Press Release
Organization Type: 
Non-Profit
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