Originally Published: March 8, 2015 2:04 a.m.
The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce is in the midst of its ninth annual Business Academy and still has two courses available.
The nine, two-and-a-half hour courses were offered as a bundle or individually to anyone interested; thus, the remaining classes are still open. Those who complete at least eight out of the nine, earn a certificate of completion.
Chamber management reported that while the entire series was open for $30, members can pay $5 each for the classes yet to be held. Non-members were required to pay $250 to attend all nine courses, or negotiate a price for individual class attendance with Marnie Uhl, the chamber's president and CEO.
"It's an opportunity to get some business education that's convenient to the working person," Uhl said.
The courses used to be offered once a month without much connection, but Uhl and her staff found that packaging the classes into something of value that can be started and completed with recognition of accomplishment was a much more enticing and beneficial offer for local business owners who are seriously seeking to learn more business basics.
Debra Gatto, owner of Time 2 Travel With Debbie, a full-service travel agency, says she's been attending the academy because she's looking for tips and is thinking of helping her nephew open a full-service car wash.
"I wanted to meet more business people and to see if I could pick up anything that I didn't know, and I have," Gatto said. "Last week's finance course was outstanding. The gentleman who taught it is a wealth of information."
All of the instructors are local specialists willing to volunteer their time to support the local business community. Local restaurants also take turns providing free meals for the participants.
The two classes remaining take place March 11 and March 18 at 5:30 p.m. The first is on networking and building relationships for business and personal success, and the second is a wrap-up session focusing on economic development.
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