Business management is a fast-growing field that provides practical knowledge that can be applied across a variety of careers. Business education classes can enhance your abilities in your current profession or offer the opportunity to acquire new skills. For those who do not have the time or money to commit to a full-time degree program, there are many short coursework options available online or in a classroom setting.
Business Management Seminars
The American Management Association (AMA) runs an array of business seminars in 40 cities across the United States. The seminars offer training in topics such as management and supervisory skills, finance and accounting, leadership, marketing, project management, training and development, communication skills and strategic planning. AMA's seminars typically run for three days and can be reserved up to nine months in advance. AMA members receive a discount on tuition, and participants who successfully complete three qualifying seminars are awarded an AMA certificate in recognition of professional expertise.
Online Small Business Training
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a number of free online business management courses targeted toward small businesses. The courses offered include starting an online business, financing a business, how to prepare a business plan, franchising, business technology, government contracting and more. These self-paced courses take about 30 minutes to complete and offer supplementary audio explanations as you progress. A simple registration process must be completed prior to beginning an SBA course.
International Summer Program
The American Business School Paris (ABS) offers U.S.-accredited undergraduate and graduate-level business programs, including a brief summer session run in partnership with the University of Hawaii at Manoã and Towson University. The summer program consists of two courses taught by ABS faculty and is open to any business or humanities student who wishes to take part. Course topics include European business strategies, international relations, European consumer behavior, and art and entrepreneurship. Accommodation for all participants is organized in furnished apartments or home stays.
Executive Certificate Programs
The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business oversees three executive certificate programs in negotiation, business administration and leadership and management. The certificate programs are run online and consist of three eight-week courses. Each course provides a virtual classroom which enables students to interact with the instructor as well as each other in real time. The programs are designed for both beginners and seasoned professionals and sessions are regularly offered year-round.
Marie Sullivan has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has served as a research contributor for "Seventeen" magazine and regularly edits university publications. Sullivan holds a Master of Education in higher education administration from Boston University.