Strategic Partnership Series and the Maverick Academy

Coming September 14th, Listen to KTOE at 1 pm for the Strategic Partnership Series interview about the Maverick Academy at the Strategic Partnership Center.

Purpose of Maverick Academy
Upskill incumbent workers to benefit them personally as well as to benefit employers and improve organizational performance.

2018 Series >>

Project Management for Non-Project Managers
Dates: September 18 & October 2, 16, 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM      Cost: $795
Learn more about Project Management basics that work effectively for anyone managing an individual or team project. All the sessions are highly interactive.

Grit Academy
Date: October 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM     Cost: $199
Dr. Cindra Kampoff will share the strategies and tools she’s taught executives, entrepreneurs, Olympians, and the Minnesota Vikings. Be more self-aware and learn how to master your thoughts and emotions to help you lead yourself, your family, and your team more effectively.

Digital Marketing Academy
Date: November 14, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM     Cost: $395
The Digital Marketing Academy will help you understand how to create and implement a digital marketing strategy. Clarify your brand and sales objectives, conduct a competitive analysis, identify and profile target audience(s) and create a strategic plan.

 

Learn More about the Maverick Academy >>

When leaders at Minnesota State University, Mankato decided to take part of their mission off campus to the heart of downtown Mankato, they weren’t sure what to expect. They were pleasantly surprised. It’s been over a year since the University opened the Strategic Partnership Center and it has exceeded expectations.

The College of Business Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s mission is to facilitate the launch of the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, and dynamic organizations throughout education, outreach, and research. The Center is hitting those marks.

Evidence of the success of its move is the Small Business Development Center.

Once located on campus, it moved to the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and really hit its stride.

“We’ve been here about a year and have seen a great increase in numbers, says SBDC Director Mike Hahn. “The SBDC used to average 400 face-to-face calls a year. Ad of June 30, 2018 we were at 70% of that already, or between 280 and 300 face-to-face meetings, which puts us on pace for 500 this year!”

Hahn says the new location, at the heart of Mankato’s business community, has helped bring awareness to the services the SBDC can Provide.

“I attribute a lot of our growth in the past year to this location,” he says. “People have easy access to us, easy parking, it’s visible, it’s right in the middle of the business community in Old Town Mankato.

“The University hasn’t had a downtown presence for decades and this is just the right fit. But not only is the building seeing a renaissance, this neighborhood is seeing a renaissance as well with lots of amenities coming in such as the food truck HUB and the farmers market.

Continuing the momentum of year one, the Partnership Center will also offer custom education for specific industries, will development grants by working with businesses and the state, and will offer courses in innovation and entrepreneurship. All with the goal of engaging the students with the community and the community with the students.

“Our goal is to develop leaders and meet industry needs by providing relevant training professional development opportunities. It’s been wonderful to offer programming right here in downtown with plenty of free parking and easy access for our business partners,” says Lousie Dickmeyer, Director, Continuing & Professional Education.

Custom education is being offered through the Maverick Academy Series that this year will include a four-part Project Management for Non-Project Managers series starting on September 18th, Grit Academy on October 26th that will focus on personal leadership, and a Digital Marketing Academy on November 14th.

A year in and The Partnership Center seems to be fulfilling its original purpose of bridging the gap between the University and the community and acting as a gateway to the University for the community, students and faculty.

“There’s a synergy we have here with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, says Hahn. “The atmosphere here adds to our energy, all of us in this building just have great partnerships and relationships.

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