Loyola’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Launches Initiative to Help Entrepreneurs Win Investment

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NEW ORLEANS – Last week, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development (CECD) at Loyola University New Orleans launched the Loyola Entrepreneur Master Class series. The series, which was detailed in a press release, comprises a set of five courses designed to help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses and prepare for outside financial investments. The course instructors were sourced from the New Orleans professional community and are widely recognized as leaders in their field.

Class topics include ‘Deconstructing Government Opportunities for the Entrepreneur’ taught by former CEO of the New Orleans World Trade Center, Caitlin Cain; ‘Entrepreneurial Marketing’ taught by founder and president of Agency Pure, Tarik Sedky; ‘Entrepreneurial Selling’ taught by founder and CEO of Patient Care, Jane Cooper; ‘Startup Funding’ taught by chairman of the NO/LA Angel Network, Mike Eckert; and ‘Accounting for Entrepreneur’ taught by senior accountant at Wegmann Dazet & Company, Steve Kneier.

The CECD also announced special guest speaker Major Clark, chief counsel for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. Clark will be speaking during the July 29 session of the ‘Deconstruction Government Opportunities for the Entrepreneur’ series. He has served with the SBA’s Office of Advocacy since 1998 and previously served as a staff director to the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Some entrepreneurs have traction but are struggling to reach the next stage of growth, and they need this opportunity to learn from the people who have been there—and who have succeeded,” said Kate Yoo McCrery, interim director of Loyola’s Center for Entrepreneurship. “This Master Class Series has the potential to help the entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Orleans become stronger and better able to support entrepreneurs who are past the back-of-the-napkin stage.”

The Loyola Entrepreneur Master Class series was created in response to the needs of local entrepreneurs who are seeking training on specific business-related topics, but require significant scheduling flexibility as they run their business.  Entrepreneurs may register for a single session within a series, or sign up for the series as a whole by registering for all four sessions. All classes will be held once a week from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Loyola University New Orleans Uptown campus. Following course participation, entrepreneurs will also receive access to recorded video materials as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate from Loyola University New Orleans.

The deadline to register for the August sessions is Friday, August, 2. Payment is due upon registration, and scholarships are available. For more information or to register, visit bit.ly/loynomasterclass or email Callie West, Assistant Director at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development at innovate@loyno.edu. Classes are available to the public and early registration is encouraged.

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