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certified by national corporate members of the NMSDC or an affiliated council and a local corporate member.
Class size: 40
Fee: $2,800. Includes accommodations, meals and all course materials.
Year started: 1996
Dates: May 31-June 4
This summer will mark the fourth term of this program offered jointly by the NMSDC and Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. The curriculum balances core courses, such as marketing and finance, and case studies of minority entrepreneurs.

Participants (60% of them African American) are divided into teams to analyze problems facing real companies, such as managing growth and equity financing. This provides them with the skills they need to accelerate their companies’ growth in the wake of contract bundling and decreased supplier pools.

"The strength of the program is its focus on strategies and assessment, which looks at accelerating the growth of a company, whether through acquisition or increasing market share," says Steven Sims, vice president for programs and field operations for the NMSDC.

For more information, contact the NMSDC, Steven Sims, vice president for programs and field operations, 15 W. 39th St., New York, NY 10018; 212-944-2430; or e-mail ssims@nmsdcus.org

The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
The Darden Minority Business
Executive Program
Who should attend: minority business owners, senior executives, suppliers and distributors.
Class size: 30-40
Fee: $4,600. Includes tuition, course materials, lodging, meals, certificate of participation.
Year started: 1998
Dates: August 8-13

In its inaugural year, Darden had 19 participants in the program, 17 of whom were African American. A cooperative effort between the Darden office of minority procurement programs and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, the program’s vision is to significantly increase the number of major minority-owned corporations in the 21st century and involve them globally, says Donald W. Jones, director of the Office for Minority Procurement Programs.

The curriculum focuses on three areas: basic financial concepts, negotiating skills, leadership and m
anaging change, with an emphasis on developing critical thinking and strategic insight.

"We try to reach all individuals who have a sense of wanting to grow, develop and expand their businesses," says Jones. "We have worked with participants in developing an enterprise zone proposal and placing them in mentor/protégé programs with both majority and minority firms."

With a 45-year tradition of executive education, Darden executive education emphasizes a case study approach, with intensive group discussion in a total-immersion learning environment. As a result, participants gain a heightened awareness of their own personal negotiation and leadership styles and their effectiveness in business situations.

For more information: Executive Education, the Darden School Foundation, University of Virginia, P.O. Box 6550, Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550; 804-924-3000; www.darden.virginia.edu/execed/

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