Center for Business Excellence
Center for Business Excellence
A&M-Commerce’s Center for Excellence provides training and consulting services to the North Texas business community. Although many of our offerings align with the expertise of our College of Business faculty members – accounting, business analytics, economics, finance, management and organizational development and marketing – we call on our colleagues in the other A&M-Commerce colleges when their expertise is needed.
We work with companies to design and deliver training courses which fulfill specific business needs. The courses are customized to address the company’s issues and business situations. A confidentiality agreement can be entered to allow sensitive matters to be incorporated within our interactive presentations, examples and case studies. Consulting services are also provided at a client’s request.
Center for Business Excellence :: Rural Economic Development
Rural Economic Development Courses
The A&M-Commerce College of Business received a grant from the USDA Rural Development Agency. The goal of the grant is to promote economic development in rural areas and to assist businesses to create or save jobs in rural areas, like Northeast Texas. Here are some courses we are able to provide with help from the grant.
The purpose of this business plan seminar is to help participants search for and assess business opportunities aligned with their interests and abilities. Participants will learn about the importance of market research and how to develop a marketing plan, operations plan and financial plan. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the interrelatedness of each aspect of the business plan and the importance that each component be consistent/coherent with the others. There is no prerequisite for this seminar.
The seminar is taught by Mario Hayek is an associate professor and head of the management and economics department in the College of Business at A&M-Commerce. He obtained an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the American University and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Mississippi. He also was trained as an entrepreneurship teacher by Babson’s Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators and has also assisted in teaching the seminar internationally. Dr. Hayek has taught entrepreneurship and has been pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors internationally for over 20 years.
Specialized Business Skills
The first series in the Specialized Business Skills training session will feature a seminar on revenue forecasting. Registrants will receive a forecasting model on a flash drive, with personalized help on how to apply these powerful tools to better understand the factors that affect their revenue. There is no need to share your company’s data, strict confidentially will be maintained.
The course is taught by Dr. Stanley Holmes who teaches economics at A&M-Commerce and has spent 27 years working in the corporate sector. This includes roles as Assistant Vice President of Marketing Services, as Director of Product Development and Marketing for Tandem Computers and then as Vice President of Business Development for Oracle Corporation.
This training takes advantage of the Joe Griffith Effective Communication training. This light, fun training opens the door to career advancement through public speaking training.
This training takes attendees through all aspects of the job search, from actually looking for jobs in computer databases, to developing a resume, and practicing for an interview. Lunch will be served, with the added bonus of having a few employers for attendees to network with and practice your new skills.
Farmers of the 21st Century
This course will provide small farmers with a perspective on the decisions that they will make, the business strategies available to them and the impact of technology and new information on their decisions. The day features a series of speakers to help you realize your farm dreams:
- How to obtain financing – panel of bankers
- USDA resources available to small farmers
- Risk management – Dr. Rafael Baktavoryan
- Understanding your credit score
USDA Rural Economic Development Loan Program
This course will provide potential applicants with the information needed to apply for a loan thru Economic Development Corporations in the area.