AUSTIN, TX – The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department recognizes 30 local entrepreneurs and small business workers who achieved business skills certification on Friday, July 23 in a virtual ceremony. Recipients were required to complete six training courses designed to build the skills needed to successfully manage and grow a small business. The courses were offered in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Professional Education (UT CPE).
“We are delighted that so many current and future entrepreneurs have been able to increase their business acumen even during a pandemic. This is a testament to the resilience of small businesses. explains Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, acting director of the Department of Economic Development. “Austin continues to be a great place to start a small business and we’re here to help.”
While many courses were held in person before the pandemic, the training program has successfully expanded online options to provide lifelong learning with safety considerations. Course topics ranged from human resource basics to small business accounting, social media marketing to record keeping. In December 2020, 40 more business skills certification graduates were recognized and celebrated. During the last decade of this partnership, more than 10,000 participants have received business training from experienced trainers from UT CPE.
The Small Business Division of the Department of Economic Development offers weekly training classes, special events, business coaching, and helpful resources for those looking to start or grow a business in Austin. To view the schedule of upcoming courses, visit www.SmallBizAustin.org.
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