EDC offers business management and leadership with Skagit Valley College

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council.

Higher-wage employment can be open to many who learn the skills of business management and leadership. The San Juan County Economic Development Council invites workers in the San Juan Islands to join in a “Business Management and Leadership Skills” course; business owners and managers are also encouraged to enroll employees.

This for-credit course will be offered at greatly reduced cost thanks to generous grants from our funders — including the Town of Friday Harbor — and is offered in partnership with Skagit Valley College. The classes will run from Feb. 19-March 18. Employees working in hospitality and the trades are particularly encouraged to attend and a special focus toward these industries will be included in the course.

The benefits of studying business management are plentiful – employees may be eligible for satisfying, higher-wage employment and business owners and managers find that management-trained staff can be more understanding of the demands and processes of running a business. The course will include topics such as efficient management techniques; achievement of personal and business goals; development of personal, team and partner network performance; and the use of an entrepreneurial mindset to innovate and manage change. Participants will also receive individual business advising from a Small Business Development Center advisor, five college credits from Skagit Valley College and a certificate from the EDC. The cost for the course is $165 which includes books and a reduction in tuition of nearly 90%. For more information and to register, please visit www.sanjuansedc.org/bizmgmt.