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For Immediate Release (01-03)
Date: January 17, 2001

Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Hispanic Business Institute at Montgomery College Opening Its Doors for Spring Semester Courses

The Hispanic Business Institute at Montgomery College announces a new lineup of night courses and workshops, to be presented on Monday evenings, beginning January 22, for the community’s Hispanic business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. Courses are offered for four main areas of business skill development: communications, information technology, diversity management, and small business management.

The newly formed Hispanic Business Institute is a collaborative effort among business, government, education, and community-based organizations. Its mission is to establish better opportunities and training for Hispanic people to develop businesses in the global marketplace.

Spring 2001 Courses/Workshops (taught in English):

  • Communications: Interpersonal Communications; Speaking Effectively on the Job; Effective Business Writing; and Constructing a Sound Business Plan.
  • Information Technology: What Computers Can Do For You (an overview), Using the Internet, and Office Applications (MS Word intro, Excel intro).
  • Diversity Management: Basic Diversity Awareness; American Workplace Culture; Managing a Diverse Workforce; Selling to Diverse Customers; and Customer Basics/Customer Service.
  • Small Business and Management: The Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Business; Retail Business: Where to Begin; How to Start Your Own Import/Export Business; Licensing a Business; How to Obtain a Business Loan; Basic Employment Law in Maryland; Financial Management and Strategies/Filing Taxes; and Starting a Successful Consulting Business.

All classes will be held at Montgomery College Workforce Development and Continuing Education’s satellite campus in the Wheaton Plaza South Building, Room 306B, 11160 Viers Mill Road. Free parking is available, and the building is accessible by Metro. The cost for the foundation series of courses is $95.00 for 33 hours of instruction. For more information, please call 240-567-7867 (English) or 240-567-7966 (Spanish).

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