The Office of Continuing Education is responsible for planning and scheduling professional development and continuing education opportunities for individuals interested in advancing professionally and personally.

Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes

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  • Credit Courses and Certificates

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    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)   
     

    Days: October 3, 4 and 5, 2014
    Time: 8 am to 6 pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: $1,795 - includes all materials

    Information: AHIT Governors State University 
    Register today by calling 877.215.7924
    Description: Governors State University has partnered with industry leader American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) to offer a comprehensive home inspection course.

    *Early Registration Deadline: two weeks prior to the scheduled session: $1,595 discounted fee

    Register for AHIT today by calling 877.215.7924 or visit their website

     

    Logo Design: For Businesses and Organizations


    This course will focus on designing and developing a business or organization logo identity. Students will design logos that can be used for business cards, stationary, envelopes, signage and t-shirts. The application of the basic tools in Adobe Illustrator software will be taught and explored in the course.
    Students will engage in symbol illustration and typography design. This course will explore how to combine images and type in a logo composition. Non artist and designers are welcomed to enroll in the class. All students will need a 2G USB drive for the course.

    This course is offered as a partnership between the School of Extended Learning and the Small Business Development Center.


    Location: Governors State University
    Date: Thursdays, September 4 to October 23, 2014
    Time: 4:30 - 7:20pm
    Room: TBD
    Price $249

    Course Number: CE-CS02-01

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    Master Keys to Unlock Doors for Leaders Conference: Navigating Change


    Co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
    (DCEO) and partners, Master Keys to Unlock Doors for Leaders is an ongoing
    professional development initiative to reveal, explore, and strengthen definitions and descriptions for performance driven leadership. 

    Location: Governors State University
    Date: Friday. September 19, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - Noon
    Room: Sherman Hall
    Price $20

    Course Numbers:

    Fee: $20 for Professionals and General Interest
    Please use for registration: CE-BUS03-01

    Fee waived Governors State University Faculty, Staff and Students (Verification required)
    Please use for registration: CE-BUS03-02

     

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    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesdays, September 23 - November 11, 2014
    Time: 6 - 8:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,095
              $995 for SSCHRA members (South Suburban Cook Human Resources Association)
    Description:This course provides an overview of key areas in human resources management to better prepare HR professionals for national PHR (Professional in HR) or the SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) exams, administered by the HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute). Eligibility requirements and test information for PHR or SPHR exam can be found at www.hrci.org.

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  • Examination Preparation

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    Graduate Record Exam Test Preparation


    Fall 2014 Classes:

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Wednesdays, Sept. 10 - Oct. 15, 2014
    Time: 4:30 - 7:20pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $399

    Description: Acquire strategies in math, reading comprehension, writing, and verbal and quantitative skills to improve GRE scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials. Textbook, practice tests, and all course materials are included in course fee.

    Course Number: TBD please contact the School of Extended Learning for more information or 708.534.4099

    Course Number: CE-EP01-03

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    LSAT Prep Course

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Saturdays, September 27, October 4, 8, 18, 25, November 8, 22, 2014
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $399
    Description: Acquire strategies in verbal skills, logic, critical reasoning and analytical writing to improve LSAT scores using acclaimed Cambridge test preparation materials

    Course Number:CE-EP02-02

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    Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Prep Course

     

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Thursdays, September 4 to 25, 2014
    Time: 7:30 - 9:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $199
    Description: The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level test of analytical ability that requires the solution of problems stated as analogies. This course will familiarize you with the knowledge needed to improve your test scores. Textbook, practice tests and course materials included.

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  • Personal Enrichment

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    Photo Editing Using Photoshop

     

    Location: Governors State University

    Date: September 2 to October 21, 2014
    Days: Wednesday
    Time: 4:30-7:20pm
    Room: TBD
    Cost: $249

    Topics include: representation of digital images, digital manipulation techniques, picture restoration, the use of images in webpages and video productions and the use of digital editing applications such as Adobe Photoshop.

    Course Number: CE-ART03-02

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    Contact the School of Extended Learning 708.534.4099 for more information or e-mail

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    The History of Economics


    Location: Governors State University
    Date: September 12, 2014
    Days: Friday
    Time: 2pm to 4pm
    Room: TBD
    Cost: $10

    Presenter: Brian A. Thompson
    Description: Presented by This engaging discussion presents economics from a historical and practical perspective. The contributions of well-known and less known economic pioneers are presented with a distinct emphasis on their historical importance in the development of our modern economy. Major booms such as the industrial revolution are discussed alongside more challenged periods such as the Great Depression. Specific concepts pertaining to labor markets and economic growth will also be presented. A brief explanation of economic tools and data points will also be explored.

    The discussion will conclude by bringing participants to the current period using a range of economic concepts to support an open dialogue for discussing future economic possibilities.

     

  • Professional Development

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    American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)  

    Days: October 3, 4 and 5, 2014
    Time: 8 am to 6 pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $1,795 - includes all materials
    Information: AHIT Governors State University 
    Register today by calling 877.215.7924
    Description: Governors State University has partnered with industry leader American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT) to offer a comprehensive home inspection course.

    *Early Registration Deadline: two weeks prior to the scheduled session: $1,595 discounted fee

    Register for AHIT today by calling 877.215.7924 or visit their website

     

    Effective Intercultural Communication Skills

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Friday, October 3
    Time: 10am to 1pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $40
    Description: This very interactive session will present an Intercultural Competency Model for Teaching and Learning across Cultural Differences. Participants will review fundamental theories related to intercultural communication and examine their own practice and experiences using cutting-edge intercultural competency tools and methodologies including the Cultural Detective, Personal Leadership, and Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. 

    Course Numbers:
    Fee: $40 for Professionals and General Interest
    Please use for registration: CE-ELP02-01

    Free for Governors State University Faculty, Staff and Students (Verification required)
    Please use for registration: CE-ELP02-02

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    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate Course

    Location: Naperville Education Center
    Days: Saturdays, September 13 - October 11, 2014
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room: 308
    Fee: $1,500 plus textbooks
    Description: The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate course will focus on both Advanced Lean Techniques and Six Sigma "Green Belt" methodologies. Detailed and real-world examples of lean thinking will be reviewed with hands - on examples to enhance the learning experience. Learn how to integrate theories of business, statistics, and the elimination of waste with the goal of achieving tangible results. Six Sigma methods will include project planning and various statistical tools to equip the student to be Green Belt certified and a practitioner of Lean Six Sigma at their organization.

    Registration codes: TBD

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    Peace Circles Facilitator Training

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Monday - Thursday, August 11-14, 2014
    Time: 9am - 5pm
    Room: B2200
    Fee: $250 (CPDUs available)
    Description:  Build Healthy Relationships and Community

    Reduce Conflict and Create More Peace

    In the home, at school and in the community. Restorative Justice values build relationships based on trust, inclusivity, shared community resources and positive outcomes.

    Become a certified Peace Circle Facilitator

    Develop the skills and strategies needed to implement and apply restorative justice practices by becoming a certified Peace Circle Facilitator. Dr. Jane Nicholson, of Governors State University, presents Restorative Circles Facilitator training for open and meaningful discussions, building and restoring relationships and solving problems.

    Course Number: CE-CJT01-02

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    Managing Workforce Diversity in a Global Environment


    Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Time: 9am - Noon
    Room:TBD
    Location:

    Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
    920 West 175th Street, Suite 3
    Homewood, IL
    Cost: $60
    Description: In today’s global environment, organizations must attract and retain a diverse
    and inclusive workforce that is creative, seeks challenges and opportunity, and offers innovative ways of collaborating that drives performance.

    Presenter: Donna M. Wiencek of Innovative Solutions Research & Consulting Services

    Course Numbers:
    Fee: $60 for Professionals and General Interest:
    Please use for registration: CE-BUS02-01

    For SHRM members and Governors State University's Faculty, Staff and Students:
    Please use for registration: CE-BUS02-02

    PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation

    Location: Governors State University
    Days: Tuesdays, September 23 - November 11, 2014
    Time: 6 - 8:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Fee: $1,095
              $995 for SSCHRA members (South Suburban Cook Human Resources Association)
    Description:This course provides an overview of key areas in human resources management to better prepare HR professionals for national PHR (Professional in HR) or the SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) exams, administered by the HRCI (Human Resources Certification Institute). Eligibility requirements and test information for PHR or SPHR exam can be found at www.hrci.org.

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    Starting a Business in Illinois

    Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    Time: 9-11am
    Room:TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: Free

    Description: This seminar will help those interested in starting a business understand what is required in order to start a business in the state of Illinois. Basics of business plan, Licensing, and financing will all be covered. Join us for one of these sessions.

    Starting A Business in IL September 10, 2014 Registration 

    Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Time: 9-11am
    Room:TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484 
    Cost: Free

    Description: This seminar will help those interested in starting a business understand what is required in order to start a business in the state of Illinois. Basics of business plan, Licensing, and financing will all be covered. Join us for one of these sessions.

    Starting A business in IL October 8, 2014 Registration

     

    Funding Your Business with a Microloan

    Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Time: 9-11am
    Room:TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: Free

    Learn about alternative financing options for your business. Join us for this seminar sponsored by Accion to learn how to qualify for a loan up to $20,000 as a start-up business or up to a $50,000 as an established business.

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    Getting Your Business Plan Done

    Dates: Tuesdays, August 26 - September 16, 2014
    Time: 8:30 - 10:30am
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $99


    Description: Join us for this 4-week series as we outline the steps to writing a business plan. All sections of the plan including marketing strategy, the financial Plan projections, and executive summary will be covered. Participants will have a business plan completed by the end of the series.

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-01

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    Veteran’s Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

    Day: Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Time: 8 am to 2:30 pm
    Room: CPA - Center for Preforming Arts
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: Free to Veterans ($40 non-vets)

    Please join us for this one day intensive seminar with general and breakout sessions on a wide range of topics for starting or growing your business. Breakfast and lunch are included.

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  • The Knowledge Exchange

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    The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join in this fall’s engaging set of course offerings.  Sessions are held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning September 19 and ending on November 7, mornings and afternoons.

    Fall Registration begins July 21   


    Morning sessions 10:00am – 12noon

     

    Sculpture in History

    Class Leader: Geoff Bates

    This eight-week presentation will address major developments in the history of Western sculpture while providing participants with observational techniques to enrich their appreciation of sculpture and art in general. Students can try out their newly found skills by traveling with the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park on its Autumn in New England: Art Odyssey 2014. Travelers on this weeklong tour through the Berkshire Mountains and Hudson River Valley will experience remarkable art set within dramatic landscape settings as well as cutting-edge museum sites.

    Trip dates are Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2014; discounts are available to enrollees in Sculpture in History through The Knowledge Exchange. Travel registration deadline is August 8, 2014. Contact Geoffrey Bates at 708.534.4848 or gbates@govst.edu to reserve your travel or for more information about this exciting opportunity.

    NOTE: Alternate programming on Oct. 31st for non-traveling participants will be a screening and discussion of the documentary film Rivers and Tides which celebrates the works of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.

    New Fall Lecture/Discussion Series


    Civic Engagement: Sustaining the Public Square

    Class Administrators: Keith Kemp, Suzanne Patterson

    Join this class for a unique series of lectures and presentations which will explore major issues of the day as they relate to sustaining our individual roles in community life. Guest speakers include Professor Anthony Andrews on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Journalist Phil Kadner on The 4th Estate, Dr. Mort Maimon on Analyzing Presidential Speeches, Keith Kemp on The First Amendment, GSU’s VISTA scholar Rima Nimri on Service Learning in the 21st Century Diagram and Dr. Rashidah Muhammad and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson on The Harlem Renaissance with an option to attend a performance of Raisin’ Cane at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts on Friday, October 17 at the discounted ticket price of $15. Performance details will be given upon registration.

    NOTE: Nov. 7 is Class Participation Day / Participants are encouraged to present a topic of their choice with assistance from the class administrators.

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    Afternoon Sessions 1pm-3pm

    Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)


    Topics in Science

    Class Leaders: Jeff Seeman and Al Sturges

    Class will read and discuss articles from The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, Siddhartha Mukherjee, editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., NY, Boston 2013.
    Editor Siddhartha Mukherjee, a geneticist, selected the articles with “an ear for tenderness” from such periodicals as The Atlantic, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Playboy, and Scientific American with topics ranging from mankind’s increasing isolation from raw nature, developing employment possibilities for adults with autism, renewed interest and success in treating certain cancers by engaging the body’s immune system, to the funding crisis in big science. In the opening class, we will provide an opportunity to discuss updated information about topics from previous sessions such as developments at Fukushima or concussion injuries in sports.
    As before, participants are encouraged to lead a review and discussion of articles of special interest.

    Cinema Studies: The Biopic - Fact vs Fantasy

    Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson

    Both filmmakers and audiences alike share a fascination with recreations of the past exploring those who came before us, whether vilified or admired, whether inspirational or tragic. The Biopic seeks to satisfy this curiosity with films that celebrate lives and achievements in as entertaining a way as possible, hence the fine line between biographical material and fanciful fabrication. Join this class for an equally entertaining and historical look at the various ways in which the biopic captures the spirit of its subject whether with accuracy or dramatic impact.
    Some of the fascinating personalities we will meet on celluloid include Coco Chanel, Varian Fry, Serafine de Senlis, Preston Tucker, Frida Kahlo and Queen Elizabeth I.

    (Note class end time of 3:30pm)

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    FREE: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Special Presentations

    Open to all course participants; bring a lunch and join these enlightening and informational sessions:



    Organizing and Downsizing with Professional Organizer and Relocation Specialist Kristine Todd

    Friday, October 3 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

    At the Border of Empires:The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934

    with author Andrae Marak, chair of humanities and social sciences and professor of history and political science at Governors State University
    Friday, October 24 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

    Curriculum Meeting – Open to the public

    A sneak peek at what’s coming up in the winter/spring 2015 session. All are welcome to offer comments and suggestions for future course topics and presentations.
    Friday, Oct. 10 / 12:15pm-1pm / Room B2203

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  • The Business Techniques Institute -- Chicagoland (BTI-C)

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    Module 1: Small Business Basics: The Entrepreneur and The Opportunity


    Days: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110

    Description: Understand the basics of managing a small business, skills and resources needed for success, and how to assess the business idea. Practice defining the opportunity with a Business Model. Learn about ownership, incorporating and using your numbers to grow profits. Design your own roadmap to turn the idea into reality. Get the step-by-step sequence of launch activities.

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-05

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    Module 2: Competitive Analysis and Sales Forecast (The Business Plan)

     


    Days: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Learn the components of the Business Plan. Write your business description, and assess your customer needs and your value vs. the competition. Choose your differentiation and positioning. Learn how to forecast sales, outline your operations and structure your financial forecast.

    Course number: CE-SBD01-06

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    Module 3: Finding Financing

    Days: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Practice using cash flow to find how much financing you need. Learn sources of financing and types of lenders and loans. Assess your own attractiveness as a borrower. Understand types of investors, from family to angels to crowdfunding, and then develop your own financing plan.

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-07

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    Module 4: Marketing

    Days: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Learn to design your product, pricing, distribution plan, and communications to support your differentiation and positioning. Practice designing product bundles and a product roadmap. Choose a pricing structure and level to fit your product’s value. Select marketing communications tools, and design an integrated campaign.

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-08

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    Module 5: Sales, Negotiating, and Decision-Making

    Days: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110

    Description: Understand sales force compensation, some selling techniques and how to find and attract distributors. Learn how to prepare for a negotiation and practice role-playing negotiating techniques. Learn a framework for making good decisions: defining the problem, assessing alternatives, analyzing advice and recommendations, using your moral imagination for ethical outcomes and dealing constructively with resistance. Practice solving your own issue..

    Course Number: CE-SBD01-09

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    Module 6: Leadership and Relationship Techniques

     

    Days: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Learn how to create, express, and gain employee buy-in for an inspiring vision for the business and the customer experience. Learn techniques for delegating and supervising, based on T.R.U.E relationships. Practice building your own vision, cultural tools, and employee relationships.

     

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-10

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    Module 7: Communications Techniques


    Days: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Understand your own personality with DISC (additional $55 fee), and learn constructive techniques for active listening, communicating expectations and priorities, and managing conflict and interruptions. Practice setting objectives, dealing with shortfalls, and sorting out conflicts.

     Course Number: CE-SBC01-11

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    Module 8: Managing People in a Small Business


    Days: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Learn techniques for motivational behaviors, effective pay treatment and incentives, removing obstacles, setting up employees for success, joint goal-setting, delegation, and handling new and family employees. Practice motivational behaviors, the “breakthrough conversation,” finding missing success tools, and designing a framework to enable employee success.

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-12

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    Module 9: Improving Operations 

    Days: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Understand the effect of operations improvement on profit and loss. Learn to see the business opportunities as an outsider would: how to spot signals for improvement opportunities, the 7 principles of process design, over 20 tools for process improvement, how to get started on mapping a key business process, and key questions to trigger improvement ideas. Use real cases to practice identifying improvements and predicting bottom-line impact, and then get started with one of your own processes. Get some tips on staffing, scheduling, and managing suppliers.

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-13

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    Module 10: Growing Revenue


    Days: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Learn how to set your profit goals and use 10 levers to grow your business profits. Compare risk and timing for different growth methods, from current customers and quick wins to new aggregators, new markets, and new products. Practice predicting bottom-line results, and choose your own business growth strategy.


    Course Number: CE-SBC01-14

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    Module 11: Turning Around the Distressed Small Business


    Days: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
    Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Room: TBD
    Location: Governors State University University Park, IL 60484
    Cost: $110
    Description: Learn to spot early warning signs of a business drifting into distress. Practice spotting your own signs. Understand the turnaround process, and how to use turnaround tools. Practice choosing turnaround solutions. Return to the office armed with techniques to turn your business around.

     

    Course Number: CE-SBC01-15

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