Business & Professional Development

Continuous professional development helps to ensure that you remain viable in today's competitive job market. Outreach has gathered an assortment of classes that will help prepare you for your continued success. Browse the list below and register online today! If you can't find a class that you're looking for, just call or email us 501.450.3118 outreach@uca.edu.

Business Protocol

First impressions count in business. This seminar will teach you proper business protocol and practical skills from handshaking and proper introductions to dining etiquette procedures such as passing food, buttering bread, addressing dining mistakes and more.

Regular Fee: $35

Sat, April 14 -

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class. Optional $10 material fee for workbook. This class is eligible for the Community Education 50% discount for UCA faculty, staff, students, retirees and paid UCA Alumni Association members.

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De-Escalation Training

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, March 6 - March 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA PD Outreach Center

Instructor: Lt. Brad Moore

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Financing Your Business

Finding financing in any economic climate can be challenging, whether you're looking for start-up funds, capital to expand or money to hold on through the tough times. This workshop will cover several financing options including SBA loans, alternative financing options, venture capital, crowd sourcing and what you should know when pursuing them.

Regular Fee: $25

Thurs, February 8 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Old Chicago

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Health, Safety & Nutrition

Childcare providers of all kinds need to take this class. This class focuses on essential skills to keep children and their surroundings healthy and safe, such as preventing injuries and illness, basic first aid, reducing the spread of germs and properly handling and storing food. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate recognized by the Early Childhood Association as well as 15 professional development units.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, January 29 - February 26

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This is the correct time; the 6-8 time listed in the UCA Outreach booklet is an error. If you have questions, please call 501-450-3118. Thank you!

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How to Start a Small Business

Have you been dreaming about starting your own business but you’re not quite sure how to get started? This class provides you with the information you need to know to start your own business. You will learn from a veteran instructor who has all the resources you'll need to be on your way to owning the business of your dreams.

Regular Fee: FREE

Mon, February 13 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-Day Class

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How to Write a Business Plan

If you are starting your own business, a business plan is a necessity. This course is designed to show the novice and seasoned business owner how to create a well-written business plan. Your business plan can mean the difference between profit and loss for your business. Business plan myths, outlines, details and information sources will be covered.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 27 -

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One-Day Class

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MIPS

MIPS ON YOUR MIND? Join us for this free event! So what's a MIP? A MIP is a Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. If you know what a MIP is this FREE informational session is for you! Learn the ropes of the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) Review the MACRA Program specifically focusing on MIPS for eligible providers Dive deep into MIPS requirements: ACI, Quality, and IA What you MUST report to prevent penalties in 2019 and beyond Learn how to qualify for up to a 4% positive payment adjustment!

Regular Fee: FREE

Wed, January 24 - January 24

8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Networking and Business Development

Business development strategies and tactics have changed dramatically in the past decade. Today, successful business development is contingent upon building trusted relationships and leveraging those relationships to meet new prospects. It is vital that you continuously grow and nurture these relationships. Come learn the art of networking and ways to build and leverage your business network.

Regular Fee: $25

Thurs, April 12 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sponsored by Old Chicago

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Photoshop 101

If you’re looking to create flyers, social media graphics or print-ready projects, look no further than our Photoshop 101 course! In this four-part series, you will learn how to edit and manipulate photographs, choose the correct file type for your projects, make images for us on social media or the web, and create flyers and other print-ready projects.

Regular Fee: $149

Mon, February 12 - March 5

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Must bring laptop to class.

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Small Business Loans

Obtaining a small business loan can be a daunting task, but this course will prepare you for the loan application process. You will learn about various loan types, documentation associated with different business structures and the steps required to complete the loan process.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 20 -

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One day class

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Successful Product Launching: Skincare, Haircare and More

Do you dream of having your own skincare, cosmetic or hair care line but don’t know where to begin? Angela will teach you all the steps needed to launch a successful product line. You will start with your own ideas and by the conclusion of class, you will have a working knowledge of all the steps needed to launch your product. You will receive a workbook to guide you through every step needed once you are ready to begin.

Regular Fee: FREE | Required Material Fee: $25

Mon, June 11 -

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
One-Day Class. NO fees will be taken for registration purposes - Material Fees go directly to instructor.

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Volunteer Management

The UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement partners with United Way of Central Arkansas to offer a series of professional development workshops for nonprofits. All workshops are FREE and open to government and nonprofit professionals. If you have questions about the series, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Program Director, at 501-852-7416 or email her at lgraybeal@uca.edu.

Regular Fee: FREE

Tues, February 6 - February 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am
This class is open to staff of nonprofit and government agencies only.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: Ellen Brown

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Website Development 101

Want to learn how to personalize your website or change your template? Want to know more about HTML and CSS, but don’t know where to start? Join us for Website Development 101, a four-part series for beginners, business owners and developers alike! Learn how to manipulate your website template, change colors and texts, and make your website look custom built.

Regular Fee: $149 or $99 for UCA Affiliates

Thurs, March 1 - March 22

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Must bring own laptop.

Location: UCA Downtown

Instructor: TBA

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Wedding Etiquette

Wedding etiquette can be overwhelming nowadays. With how to handle mixed families, who to invite, who is responsible for what and so on. This course will review invitation etiquette, gift etiquette, thank you notes, order of service, responsibilities of bridal party and family, toasting etiquette and much more. Walk through your wedding experience with ease and confidence.

Regular Fee: $15

Sat, February 24 -

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
One-Day Class

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