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Work It Up: Certificate Program in Business Growth

If you are an entrepreneur or are thinking about starting a business, consider what you need most to succeed - a flat plan or a technique that puts your plan into action? If you own or work within a small or mid-size company, consider what you need to stay competitive in today's changing market - a plan to keep you afloat or a strategy for innovative growth?

Explore techniques for turning plans into action and innovative strategies for business growth with the 2013 Work it UP Business Growth Certificate.

The 2013 Work it UP Business Growth Certificate Program provides the new or established business owner with hands-on learning to help them grow their business, their customers, and their profits by

  • Assessing their current business
  • Defining today's changes that ensure tomorrow's successes
  • Choosing the best tools, techniques, or strategies to help ensure success

Work it UP Business Growth Certificate 36 Contact Hours / 3.6 CEUs 6 class meetings:

Business Assessment - 12 contact hours/ 1.2 CEUs Assess the health and sustainability of your existing company or start-up by utilizing best-in-class methods and tools to identify risks within your enterprise and tools to help mitigate them.

Business Design for the Future - 12 contact hours/ 1.2 CEUs Identify the proper technology and business communication tools to help you design the changes you need to enhance growth within your business.

Implementation for Tomorrow's Business- 12 contact hours/ 1.2 CEUs Implement your business growth plans for positive organizational change.

Robert Laliberte, PMP, Partner, Innovation Partners International, has managed & consulted organizations for more than 30 years in the fields of Project Management and High-Performance Work Systems. Current and past clients include GSA, Tuft¿s Medical Center, Norway Savings Bank, CertainTeed, Lafarge Gypsum, Domtar Gypsum, Rex Roto, Georgia Pacific, Unity Churches, JW Sewall (surveying/engineering), University of Maine, Bruce Power (Nuclear), Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry, SMRT (architecture/engineering), Artel (instruments). He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Northeastern University and a Masters degree in Management Science and Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is a co-designer and has taught the Project Management Certificate Program at the University of New England and Western New England College and is adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine. In addition, Bob is past president of the Maine Association of Psychological Type, and a past Board Member and current member of the Maine Project Management Institute.

Bill Taylor is President of Work it UP. He has been an entrepreneur and private equity investor for more than 25 years. From 1999 -2006 Bill was a Principal at FPj Investments, a private equity firm based in New Haven, Connecticut. From 2000-2008 Bill was Chairman of New Leaf Investments, a private small business incubator with operations in five states that specialized in the launch and growth of several successful start-ups. Bill is President of Alpha Project Management Group in Portland, Maine, a for-profit company he has owned since 1991. Alpha specializes in project management solutions for private equity investors. Alpha Projects has been the sustaining resource of Work it UP since 2010 when it established the Alpha Projects Mentorship Program (APMP).

6 Thursdays, March 14-May 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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$795 (36 contact hours/ 3.6 CEUs)
Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland campus


Program meets 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 5/2, and 5/9