Cox Small Business Academy partners with TCC to help local leaders grow | Education

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Local small business owners will have another opportunity this fall to increase their chances of success.

Tulsa Community College and Cox Communications this week announced a partnership to launch the first Cox Small Business Academy, with the goal of providing ongoing education and leadership development for owners and other leaders of small businesses in the Tulsa area.

The 10-week in-person program will begin September 13, meeting once a week until November 15. Cox underwrites the program, making the cost of participation free.

The program is open to everyone, but with a particular focus on businesses owned or led by minorities, veterans, women and people with disabilities, officials said.

Pete Selden, TCC’s Vice President of Workforce Development, said, “TCC’s vision is an educated, employed and thriving community. It starts with listening to the needs of the local business community, then responding with a collaboration to develop the necessary workforce, or in this case, to help grow small businesses. »

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The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on August 15.

Classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the TCC Metro Campus.

Entries are limited to 20, with Cox selecting finalists from the pool of applicants who complete a brief online nomination form.

Participants who complete the program will receive a certificate and three continuing education units.

“The Small Business Leadership Academy and our partnership with Tulsa Community College are just one of the many ways we are working to strengthen our own supply chain, accelerate the growth of diverse suppliers, and demonstrate our commitment to supplier diversity” , said Cox Tulsa’s vice president of the market. Roger Ramseyer.

The academy’s curriculum covers cash management, digital marketing and database connections, innovation and growth management, and negotiation skills. Other topics include strategies for competitive advantage as well as mapping and metrics.

To apply or nominate someone, go to tulsacc.edu/coxacademy.

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