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PV Chamber hosting business academy

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Rick Anderson is hoping a new business academy will keep him in stitches for a long time.

Anderson, co-owner of Purple Sage Embroidery, is attending the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce's Business Academy.

"I thought it might do some good for our business," he said. "Everything they talked about that they are going to provide information on just seemed important for any business person to know. And I thought this would be a really good opportunity to meet other business owners that are interested in the same things."

The nine-week program begins Tuesday and runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening through Oct. 14.

All classes are at the chamber offices, 3001 N. Main St., Suite 2A.

Course topics include customer service, communications in the workplace, networking, human resources for small business owners, working with the media and a mixer.

Participants who complete the academy receive a certificate at the chamber's quarterly breakfast on Oct. 21.

Chamber Executive Director Marnie Uhl said the academy is a great way to provide an educational program to business owners that is convenient, timely and relevant.

"We've assembled a fantastic group of presenters on a variety of topics that affect the business community," she said. "It's a well-rounded program."

Uhl said on Wednesday that 10 business owners are participating in the program and she had five more slots available.

Uhl added that another academy is set to begin early next year.

The academy is free to chamber members and costs $200 for non-members.

Uhl said the chamber's brown bag lunch seminars fizzled out and she was looking for something that hit a wide variety of topics that could benefit business owners.

Anderson said the evening classes should give business owners a better chance to show up.

"It's very hard to get away, even for an hour or so occasionally," he said. "Where this one will be in the evening and I think that will make the biggest difference."

Uhl says she is looking forward to the academy because it will give business owners information they can use.

"We really feel like this is something that will benefit our members," she said.

Anderson said the chamber offers many benefits to its members and he believes it will also benefit business owners.

"They (business owners) need to understand just what kind of resources are available through the chamber and I think this will be ideal for that."

For information, call the chamber at 772-8857 or visit www.pvchamber.org.

Contact the reporter at jsoifer@prescottaz.com