Wall St. and Business Wednesday: BEEU Semester One- "Doing For Self Through The Science Of Business"
"Your University looks like everything I need, right now," a friend of mine kindly told me yesterday. I responded by thanking him and telling him that his assessment was exactly what we were striving for by providing in one place a forum where economics, finance and business could be studied in a way that was stimulating, rewarding, and practical.
For the past five years at BlackElectorate.com in addition to exclusive interviews and editorials, we have featured thousands of stories about economics, finance and business – in America and around the world. Our compilation and categorization of these stories grows out of a world view that we think uniquely integrates economics, entrepreneurship, markets and money. And because we see the world as integrated, we don’t support the promotion of the study of economics, finance, and business in a way that separates the fields to the point where the observer no longer sees themselves, their community or their daily reality as relevant.
Yes, we say, there is a way to discuss a new financial instrument, the latest trends in marketing, tax rates, or investment opportunity in a way that relates to a small business owner in a town of 50,000 people. The key, is to provide a forum where the subjects of personal, public, private and international finance can all be taught in one place with each area connecting to and building on the other.
Next Wednesday, January 11th, we will begin lessons at Black Electorate Economics University (BEEU) where we will seek to accomplish this.
Our first semester is developed around the theme, “Doing For Self Through The Science Of Business,” and revolves around the idea that business is a science and that there are fundamental realities and a process that an entrepreneur must deal with and engage in whether starting a business from scratch, or growing an existing small business into an eventual billion-dollar conglomerate. Here is a Lesson outline of Semester One:
Semester One: Entrepreneurship - "Doing For Self Through The Science Of Business"
Lesson 1: The Science Of Business
Lesson 2: From Idea To Vision To Decision
Lesson 3: Standardizing Your Business
Lesson 4: What Business and Market Are You Really In?
Lesson 5: Writing The Business Plan And Raising Capital
Lesson 6: The Culture Of Execution: Aligning The Six M’s: Motive, Model, Method, Measurement, Management and Money
Semester One examines the elements of the science of business; how to determine which business structure is best for you; how to cultivate an idea for a venture - feeding it and testing it – while developing confidence in your ability to bring it into reality; how to turn your ‘practice’ into a real business – where it runs without your physical presence; how to determine who you real competition is; learn what world class investors look for in a business plan; how to find capital – locally and elsewhere – in a way that is best for the growth of your business; and how to build a company that revolves around a culture of execution – getting things done, on time, and with integrity.
Our first semester will be capped off by a feature a webcast ‘guest lecture’ kindly given by the man that Robert Mundell - winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in economics – calls the ‘best economist in the world’, Reuven Brenner. Mr. Brenner is the unique human being who does not teach economics, finance or business from theory. His ideas, presentation, and advice are the result of advising entrepreneurs on start-ups; corporations on market opportunities; and billionaire investors on investments. His thinking reverses the academic tradition in economics of teaching theory first and practice second – Reuven Brenner has practiced first, and theorized later. His guest lecture will focus on keys in the writing of an effective business plan, identifying markets and substitutes for your products and services, and the dilemma of obtaining ‘access to capital,’ - all from the powerful perspective of his ‘five sources of capital’ and ‘matching’ thesis which incorporates ethnic discrimination, public policy, financial markets, and wealth distribution, and how they affect entrepreneurial activity and success in business.
BEEU is a place where University members are treated as leaders – provided ‘briefings’ - information, analysis and commentary on current events in the world of business, finance and economics; receive regular access to an ‘advisor’ – course facilitator Cedric Muhammad (by phone and e-mail); and the ability to dialogue with their peers about their insights, struggles and opportunities and how they relate to what they are learning.
We would love to have you as part of our unique community.
Enroll in BEEU today.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
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