The Small Business Program within the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department recently celebrated the eighth class of graduates from the Business Success Skills Certification program, offered in partnership with The University of Texas Professional Development Center. Ten entrepreneurs were honored at a November 20th ceremony at Austin City Hall.
Participants in the Business Success Skills program must complete at least six business education classes in order to receive a certificate. Students can choose from topics ranging from an Introduction to QuickBooks and management techniques, to small business taxes and marketing
“The City of Austin recognizes and values the contributions of small businesses to our local economy,” said Vicky Valdez, Small Business Program Manager. “The Small Business Program’s collaboration with The University of Texas Professional Development Center allows us to help business owners develop better business management skills, which can ultimately lead to job creation and economic growth in our community.”
The Small Business Program honors entrepreneurs and small business owners who receive the certification in fall and spring ceremonies every year. Seven additional individuals received the certification with the fall class, but were unable to attend the graduation ceremony.
There are more than 31,000 small businesses in the Austin area, and the Small Business Program is committed to helping them to succeed through programs like the Business Success Skills certification program. The program has trained more than 5,000 entrepreneurs in the past 5 ½ years and more than 5,100 hours of training were delivered to Austin entrepreneurs in fiscal year 2014.