UW-Madison Classes

Explore classes that will help you develop the skills you need for your business to thrive.

Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

August 17, 2020 | 1:30PM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees


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Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

September 10, 2020 | 9:30AM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees


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Launch into Leadership

September 21, 2020 | 9:30AM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees

Taking on new supervisory responsibilities is a great opportunity and challenge. Many in supervisory roles have learned either by trial and error or by following what was done by their predecessor. In most cases, this is not a very effective strategy. This online 5 day workshop will get you going in the right direction with some fundamental skills and ideas for how to continue your growth as a supervisor and leader.


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Fee: $269.00



SHRM

September 22, 2020 | 6:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison, Room 3260 Grainger Hall, Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

Prepare with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison's SHRM Learning System for CP/SCP course.Establish yourself as a globally-recognized human resource expert by earning the new standard in HR certification: SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP?) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP?). Ensure you're prepared with our course designed for SHRM credential candidates. Expand and test your knowledge and practical, real-life competencies in areas critical for HR career success


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Fee: $1250.00



BizSmart Sprint

September 24, 2020 | 6:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison, Room 3260 Grainger Hall, Madison

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you'll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.


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Fee: $249.00



OnBoarding Right from the Start

September 29, 2020 | 9:00AM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees

As a Hiring Manager, you put a lot of time and energy into finding and hiring the right person. This class includes the reasons why you need to put as much effort into making sure they succeed. Onboarding is the process of integrating a new employee into your company and giving them the tools, information, and introductions they will need to succeed in their new job. You will learn the onboarding process and research that supports how a good onboarding program can boost employee retention and help avoid costs. You will leave the class with tips for onboarding remotely or in-person, and resources that you can fast adapt to help your employee succeed.


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Business Valuation: Building Value Beyond the Numbers

October 1, 2020 | 8:30AM | Online

Topic: Managing a Business

When a company is valued, it involves far more than looking at a financial statement and applying a multiple to a particular number on the income statement to arrive at a meaningful conclusion of value. Financial statements reflect the company's ability to utilize its assets historically, whereas value should reflect a company's capacity to generate future economic returns.


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Fee: $99.00



Small Business Exit Strategies: Fundamentals of Buy - Sell Agreements

October 8, 2020 | 12:00AM | Online

Topic: Managing a Business

Buy/Sell Agreements are drafted by attorneys who incorporate important legal provisions. But what about those paragraphs dealing with the valuation provisions? How will the business be valued? How much does each partner receive? These become the most critical paragraphs when a triggering event occurs. While many buy-sell agreements only account for death or disability of an owner, there are many more triggering events that can happen. Before the event occurs, partners will want to discuss if the value should be determined or allocated differently


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Fee: $99.00



Human Resources for the Non-HR Professional

October 22, 2020 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison, Room 3260 Grainger Hall, Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

If you are a business owner or manager of a small business without a dedicated HR expert on your staff, this is the program for your organization. If you have administrative staff that are performing HR duties as part of their responsibilities that are not HR experts they too will benefit.


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Fee: $269.00



Positive Power Plays:Skills for Conflict & Negotiation

October 27, 2020 | 8:30AM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees

All leaders deal with conflict in one form or another. In this class you will learn how to turn conflict into collaborations and reach win-win resolutions. You will see conflict to clarify roles, relationships, and heighten creativity. Learning how to reach beyond the impasse and find solutions that work is one of the best tools that leaders can use.


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Fee: $269.00



Communication & Delegation

November 2, 2020 | 1:30PM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees

Whether you are communicating with your employees, customers, or suppliers your ability to express yourself well and understand others is a major factor of your success. You will take the DiSC Personal Profile and use the results to strengthen your business relationships. You will leave the session with a personal plan for improving your communication skills. The second half of the class will focus on developing delegation as a valuable skill that will allow you to enable your employees to willingly take more responsibility for performance and use their expanded authority well.


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Fee: $309.00



Fearless Performance Management

November 9, 2020 | 9:30AM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees

Your company's success depends on the commitment of each and every member of your team. This one-day class presents a model for managing employee performance and provides you with specific tools you can use set performance goals, documenting performance, maintain ongoing communication, manage performance, conduct performance reviews, and develop performance improvement plans. Includes a copy of the book Fearless Performance Reviews by Jeff and Linda Russell.


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Fee: $284.00



Leading with Emotional Intelligence

November 17, 2020 | 8:30AM | Online

Topic: Managing Employees

Research by the Carnegie Institute concluded: "15% of success is technical skills - 85% is people skills." Emotional Intelligence is all about people skills - how well you know yourself and your emotions and how well you read and interact with others and their emotions. Learn about how the brain, the body and emotions affect each other, and then how to better manage your own emotions and the emotions of others so you can have clearer, more accurate communications that create cooperation and collaboration in the workplace. Each participant will complete an emotional intelligence assessment in class and will receive access to the online version of the assessment to complete in six months to measure their progress. This assessment reflects one's style or approach to emotions. Participants will also complete an assessment that will help them determine specific skills areas to develop for a higher EQ


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Fee: $299.00



Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference

December 8, 2020 | 8:30AM | Online

Topic: Marketing and Sales

In this one day conference, area experts will give you actionable items that you can take away and implement into your business immediately. Bring your laptop, tablet or mobile device to take full advantage of working along with the experts by reviewing your website and social media accounts. This one day conference includes four 90 minute sessions, a keynote marketing speaker, lunch and refreshments


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Fee: $299.00



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