Entrepreneurship Certificate Community of Practice

Entrepreneurs make informed decisions that seem risky to others. If you are the person in your organization who’s always rocking the boat and coming up with new ways to change how to do things, you are probably an entrepreneur. This training can help you channel that energy and get the best outcomes for your work.

What’s in it for you if you do own a business?

Investing in your knowledge of how to run a business is as important as investing your money. Maybe more. The Entrepreneurship Certificate curriculum gives you a complete package of skills, tools, and knowledge that will reap benefits for years to come.

Here’s what you get:

  • A skilled facilitator with business and training experience
  • A review of the most relevant current business approaches
  • Many opportunities to discuss, learn, reflect, and share ideas with peers
  • Practical, hands-on practice
  • Tools you can use right away
  • An action plan
  • Experience and inspiration to take the next step
  • New social and business contacts
  • An advantage in the market compared to your competition, both in finding funding or investment, and in the viability of your businesses

Commitment to the program is not required for participation in any seminar. All seminars can be taken as independent trainings. We hope you’ll take as many as you wish!

Each workshop is 3 hours long. The 23rd class is a full day. Workshops are held weekly in Bridgewater, NS.

Entrepreneurs take action. So register today!

Check our events listing on the main page and register now for the upcoming workshops in your area.

Age Advantage

Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre has been very successful in providing support to unemployed Older Workers (55-64) in Lunenburg, Queens and Hants Counties. This program is aimed at preparing Older Workers for new and immediate employment opportunities.

In order to be eligible to participate in this program, Older Workers must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be between 55-64 years of age
  • Be unemployed
  • Be a resident of community that program is being offered
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Lack skills needed for successful re-integration into new employment

All participants will be interviewed to determine both eligibility and suitability for the program.

Funding for this program is through Labour and Advanced Education and the Government of Canada.

If you are interested in learning more about this program and whether you would qualify for the next in-take (subject to program availability), please call.

For more information: 1-866-654-4499, 902-585-1180, entrepreneurship@acadiau.cawww.acadiaEcentre.com

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS

The benefits of hiring an Older Worker

Find dependable and dedicated employees through the Older Workers Program. The Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre works with Older Workers (55-64) who were displaced from the workplace, and prepares them for new and immediate opportunities in the community.

Business Plan Analysis For Business Development Professionals

One of the most important, and often challenging tasks for a business development professional is evaluating clients’ business plans. This 2-day workshop will focus on micro enterprise and offer you a practical, hands-on experience to learn a more systematic approach to analysis. Expect to review two micro enterprise plans in detail, looking for, critiquing, and discussing client feedback on the most common challenges in the business planning process.

Learning objectives:

  • Applying the Entrepreneurial Decision Making Cycle as an approach to working with clients
  • Learning a systematic approach to business plan review
  • Identifying issues with micro enterprise plans and practice communicating concerns to clients.
  • Providing hands-on practice in common financial calculations and alignment of the written plan to the financials.
  • Sharing experiences and challenges with other business planning professionals.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This workshop has been designed specifically to address the unique needs of Business Development Professionals (counsellors, consultants, business coaches, and advisors who work with small business clients to develop, maintain, and expand their businesses).

During the workshop you will be encouraged to engage and contribute to the learning environment through group work, case studies, and role play. You will be given the opportunity to apply the theory presented during the workshop and will develop skills with practical and immediate application for everyday use with your clients.

For more information: 1-866-654-4499, 902-585-1180, entrepreneurship@acadiau.cawww.acadiaEcentre.com

Essentials of Entrepreneurial Client Management

If you work with entrepreneurial clients, you know that without trust, clients may hold back essential information, may not ask for your help when they need it most, and may even drop out of programs just when they are getting traction.

In this introduction to working with entrepreneurial clients, we explore some of the factors that affect trust in client relationships:

  • What we are there to do and not do with clients – our roles and their boundaries.
  • The expectations and challenges in our work, including those we face in our community, our organization, and our own thinking.
  • What we can do to build trust, including techniques for creating rapport and listening skills.
  • An introduction to our process called the Entrepreneurial Decision Making Cycle, that can help anchor working with clients.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Business Development Professionals (counsellors, consultants, business coaches, and advisors who work with small business clients to develop, maintain, and expand their businesses).

You will be engaged in an interactive learning environment. You will have lots of opportunities to work with your peers in small and large groups, build resources together, and think and reflect.

You will also have a chance to contribute to the content of the class before the training session and anchor your learning with a post-class assignment that will challenge you to apply your learning to your job. An online follow-up discussion will give you a chance to ask more questions and share your experiences with what you’ve applied.

To view upcoming training dates and to register for a session, please visit our AEC Events Calendar.

For more information: 1-866-654-4499, 902-585-1180, entrepreneurship@acadiau.cawww.acadiaEcentre.com

Foundations of Entrepreneurial Client Management

In this practical and experiential 3-day program you will build a solid foundation for working successfully with entrepreneurial clients. You will learn about a proven model for entrepreneurial decision-making, explore and discuss the ethics of working with clients in a business development context, practice successful verbal and non-verbal communication, learn strategies for long-term client relationship management, and build a personal toolbox of techniques for dealing with sticky situations you might encounter when working with clients.

The Foundations of Entrepreneurial Client Management program is perfect for early-career business development professionals who wish to enhance their client relationship support skills, or for professionals at any point in their career who would like to return to basics or who have specific client relationship challenges.
Using a combination of individual reflection, pair and group discussion, role play and case study analysis, we will look at all aspects of the client relationship – self-awareness in the professional, one-to-one communication skills with the client, the structure of a client session, the process of a client relationship, and ethical issues. We will address the unique challenges and opportunities of working with clients who are entrepreneurs. And we address a growing trend – working effectively with clients who are not physically present.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Business Development Professionals (counsellors, consultants, business coaches, advisors and loan officers). This workshop is essential for anyone who works with clients who are starting or running a business or not-for-profit.

Participants will be engaged in an interactive learning environment and will be given the opportunity to apply the theory presented in the workshop. You will receive resources and will develop skills that have practical and immediate application for everyday use with your clients.

To view upcoming training dates and to register for a session please visit our AEC Events Calendar.

For more information: 1-866-654-4499, 902-585-1180, entrepreneurship@acadiau.cawww.acadiaEcentre.com

 

Lean Start-Up and Business Model Canvas for Business Counsellors

Business plans are important, especially when clients need financing. But too often clients get caught in the weeds writing their plans and ensure they have a viable business model before starting to write. They also often have not tested their idea on real people or understand their value proposition and revenue streams. Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas are accepted worldwide as essential business startup tools that help business owners clear those hurdles.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THIS TWO-DAY SESSION INDCLUDE:

  • Understanding where the Lean Startup and the Business Model Canvas come from, what they are, and how you can help small business owners use the tools to test their ideas and plan a strategy for success.
  • Practicing how to assist a client through the Lean Business Model Canvas approach.
  • Discussing the importance and relevance of encouraging clients to step out of their office and test their idea with real customers.
  • Differentiating the business canvas and business plan approaches and how they can fit together.
  • Identifying resources and sharing stories of how we have helped clients use this tool to develop and grow successful small businesses.
  • Grounding this new approach in the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre’s Entrepreneurial Decision Making Cycle.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Business Development Professionals (counsellors, consultants, business coaches, and advisors who work with small business clients to develop, maintain, and expand their businesses).

Participants will be engaged in an interactive learning environment and will be given the opportunity to apply the theory presented in the workshop. You will receive resources and will develop skills that have practical and immediate application for everyday use with your clients.

 

To view upcoming training dates and to register for a session, please visit our AEC Events Calendar.

For more information: 1-866-654-4499, 902-585-1180, entrepreneurship@acadiau.cawww.acadiaEcentre.com