UMW Small Business Development Center Announces Basic Business Course

The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Rappahannock Community College, has announced the initial course in the Hewlett Packard Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP-LIFE) program.

The first level of the curriculum, “Imagine,” will begin at the Rappahannock Community College Kilmarnock Center on Thursday, Feb. 23. The program will provide computer and software technologies necessary to give ongoing training to Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula micro-entrepreneurs.

The course will cover the basics of marketing, operations, communication and finance for those with no prior background in business. “Imagine” offers training on principles that help prepare the foundation for a business concept. The program explores various types of business analysis through introducing basic technologies. Upon completion of the four-week course, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Classes will be held each Thursday from Thursday, Feb. 23 to Thursday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $80 for the entire four-week course or $25 per class. For additional information or to register, visit or contact Bonnie Haywood at (804) 333-0286.

The HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs is a global program that trains students, potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to harness the power of technology to establish and grow their businesses. The program uses face-to-face training sessions and online tools to address the educational needs of students, regardless of backgrounds, locations or circumstances. HP-LIFE has more than 340 partner organizations in more than 45 countries around the world. UMW’s Small Business Development Center is one of 20 “LIFE training centers” in the United States.

The University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center is a resource center that provides assistance to the small business community via management training, industrial and demographic research and confidential one-on-one consulting with a focus on capital access and management planning. The center has offices in Stafford and Warsaw.

The University of Mary Washington is a premier, selective public liberal arts and sciences university in Virginia, highly respected for its commitment to academic excellence, strong undergraduate liberal arts and sciences program, and dedication to life-long learning. The university, with a total enrollment of nearly 5,000, features colleges of business, education and arts and sciences, and three campuses, including a residential campus in Fredericksburg, Va., a second one in nearby Stafford and a third in Dahlgren, Va., which serves as a center of development of educational and research partnerships between the Navy, higher education institutions and the region’s employers. In recent years, the university has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Reviews edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.”

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News release prepared by:  Brian Baker                        

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.