Event Entrepreneurship: Business Foundations (previously called The Launching Pad: Starting Your Own Event Company) is designed for event & meeting professionals who are considering launching their own events business, or for those with an existing business looking to develop fundamental business skills. This course is ideal for professionals looking for an efficient and comprehensive introduction to key business fundamentals.
During the beginning stages of starting a company, a strong business acumen is crucial for success. Event Entrepreneurship: Business Foundations will walk you through key competencies that are required for getting a business off the ground, from creating an initial strategy and actionable goals, to drafting budgets and obtaining financing. The curriculum will then familiarize you with marketing strategies, effective pricing methods, how to obtain your first clients, and much more.
Upon completion of the course, you’ll have an understanding of the business tools and skillset needed to build a strong foundation for your business. Please note, this course focuses on business fundamentals only, and does NOT teach event planning or management.
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With over 20 years of industry experience, Howard Givner is a widely recognized expert and innovator in the field of events, business growth strategy, technology and education. Howard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute (which launched in April 2011), provider of best-in-class training and education for the events industry, through online, on-demand video classes, interviews with industry leaders, white papers, webinars and live events.
He is the founder of Paint The Town Red, Inc., and the former CEO of North America for Global Events Group, the 13th largest event agency in the world, which acquired Paint The Town Red in 2008. During his tenure the company won over 30 industry awards. Howard is a Past President of the ILEA (International Live Events Association) NY Metro Chapter; has served on the board of directors of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Greater NY Chapter as VP of Education; is a member of the BizBash NY Advisory Board; has served on the Advisory Board of Special Events Magazine; been a judge of the Gala Awards & HSMAI’s Adrian Awards. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on a wide range of topics. He has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Apprentice, and USA Today, in addition to numerous trade media.
Howard is a consultant to companies in the hospitality, meetings and event industry, specializing in strategic planning, sales growth, management, and mergers & acquisitions, and selectively consults with business owners on a limited number of engagements.
Dr. Kelli McCrea teaches event management, event planning and operation, customer service, and management of recreation, hospitality, and parks at California State University, Chico. In addition to teaching, Kelli also serves as the Department Assessment Coordinator, Accreditation Co-Coordinator, and student club advisor. Kelli lives in Napa Valley, California, and frequently does events on the weekends.View Kelli's Profile
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