Business Certificate Programs

Lewis offers a variety of business certificate programs for your continuing education, professional development and academic credit. Professional Development Seminar Certificates
Our Professional Development Weekend Seminars are open to the public, and designed for anyone interested in broadening their knowledge base and learning the best practices of their selected field.

Seminars may be taken individually, or towards a certificate. Each seminar will be worth 1 credit hour. To earn a certificate, you must complete any five seminars in that certificate's track. Each weekend seminar typically takes consists of a Friday Evening (6-9 PM) and Saturday (9AM-4PM) meeting.


Entrepreneurship
Undergraduate Certificate Option
The following four (4) seminars are required: Entrepreneurship: Skills & Strategies
An introduction to entrepreneurship, this seminar will focus on developing entrepreneurial thinking skills. The application of critical thinking skills and the identification of viable entrepreneurial concepts will be explored. We will then focus on developing entrepreneurial venture strategies. This involves learning how to identify a new venture's market niche, defining a business strategy, and determining when to launch the venture. Venture capital and financing issues will be explored. Identification and evaluation of various types of entrepreneurial opportunities including e-commerce will be addressed. A final project is required for academic credit.

International Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship offers unusual career opportunities in today's increasingly complex, global business environment. This seminar explores the world of Entrepreneurship. What is Entrepreneurship? What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? What are some of the myths about entrepreneurs? How do entrepreneurs get started? Where are some opportunities for entrepreneurs today? This seminar features entrepreneurs from different industries. It is designed for those interested in learning about Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial Finance
This seminar will introduce the student to the many stages of capital formation for new businesses. Special emphasis will be placed on the venture capital process and the initial public offering. Also included will be small case studies on how to value a closely held business and the special risks facing such organizations.

Creating a Business Plan
Business plans are one of the most misunderstood - yet critically important business documents needed to blueprint an organization's plan for achieving unbridled success. In this seminar, participants will receive a glimpse into the good, the bad, and the ugly of business planning - while opening their eyes to the critical nature and effective uses of Business Plans.

They'll learn, in a highly hands-on and interactive format:
  • the variety of purposes and audiences for a Business Plan,
  • where a Business Plan fits into the Organizational planning process, and
  • the plethora of information that can, should and/or should not be included in a Business Plan
Participants will learn how to create effective "blueprints for success" - instead of a forgotten, dust covered, binder sitting on the shelf.

Select one (1) seminar from the options below: Business Plan Competition Independent Study
Writing a business plan is the first key step in translating a great idea into a great business. A business plan is a blueprint entrepreneurs use to address the uncertainties surrounding the decisions investors make to evaluate the venture's potential. The Stahl Business Plan Competition is a campus-wide competition that awards prize money for students who have best outlined a new venture and exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit.

International Business Negotiation
Learn about how to negotiate across national cultures! In this seminar, students will learn about basic negotiation skills, acquire new knowledge about some of the most important national cultures around the world, find out about how different countries negotiate, and learn how to negotiate with their foreign counterparts. Open to all students and recommended for all International Business and Contemporary Global Studies majors.

Determining the Best Form of Business Ownership
This seminar will give an overview of the characteristics of various types of Business entities, examine each entity both from a legal and tax viewpoint, and review each entity from formation through operation to dissolution. At the end of this seminar, students will be able to determine various entity formation issues and analyze the pros and cons of each form of entity.



Personal Financial Planning
Undergraduate Certificate Option
(Must complete 5 of the following seminars) Basic Personal Investing
The seminar will introduce students to the World of Investing. Risk and return, alternative investment, mutual funds, and retirement planning will be emphasized. Students will become investment literate and will understand how to plan for retirement and how to structure their retirement portfolio.

Economics of Investing (Online)
Many theories of investment analysis exist in Economics. They in many cases require use and understanding of economic data. They require the investor to determine his other preference for risk. This seminar will explore step by step the necessary economics theory, data, and risk analysis required to become a successful long-term investor.

Entrepreneurial Finance
This seminar will introduce the student to the many stages of capital formation for new businesses. Special emphasis will be placed on the venture capital process and the initial public offering. Also included will be small case studies on how to value a closely held business and the special risks facing such organizations.

Real Estate
To help prepare for the most expensive purchase most people will ever make, home ownership, this seminar will introduce you to techniques used every day in the Real Estate Industry. Topics will include: the role of Realtors, property selection, determining a property's market value, financing, price negotiations, forms of ownership, legal contracts, legal responsibilities of both buyers and sellers, and more.

Tax Law Change
This seminar will be a non-technical consumer-oriented look at Individual Income taxation as it applies to the current tax-filling year. In a general, user-friendly manner, we will overview the recent federal tax acts of the past five years. These Acts form the basis of all current taxation. Further, we will look at new developments and potential changes that could significantly affect this year's tax return and taxation in the near future. We will examine the law as it applies to individuals and discuss ways to minimize taxes in various areas. We will also look to the near future in terms of tax trends.

Tax Return Preparation with ProSeries by Intuit
This seminar will be an overview of a limited number of income tax concepts along with hands on demonstration of Pro Series professional Income tax return preparation software by Intuit (The same software company that produces Turbo Tax for Consumers). At the end of the seminar, students will understand how income tax information flows through an income tax return, and be able to prepare a basic income tax return using ProSeries software.

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Project Management
Undergraduate Certificate Option
(Must complete 5 of the following seminars) Fundamentals of Project Management
This seminar will explain the necessary concepts and techniques that individuals need to better plan, organize, control and manage the successful completion of a project in order to keep up with the business world's efficiency and professionalism. A comprehensive understanding both on the science of project management and the art of managing projects will be presented.

Project Management Tools
This seminar will briefly review sound project management practices by focusing on the basics of project management. Our discussions will include managing time, cost, scope, and the people side of project management. We will learn step by step how to manage project resources, schedules, and scope with Microsoft Project 2003 which is currently the industry standard project management tool.

Project Planning & Selection (Online)
This seminar discusses the project portfolio process and the different models that are used for selecting a set of projects. It covers the project planning process, which includes the following elements: schedule, cost, resources, potential problems, and evaluation methods. It also introduces the Project Management office and its role in an organization.

Project Management Certification: Basic Prep
This seminar is designed to cover the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) areas tested in the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The nine PMBOK areas are: Scope, Time, Cost, HR, Risk, Integration, Quality, Communication, and Procurement management. The focus is going to be on preparing students to pass the PMP certification exam.

Quality Improvement using Six Sigma
In this seminar, students will learn the basic concepts of Six Sigma and the tools and techniques necessary to implement a six sigma project successfully. This seminar will cover the different phases (DMAIC) of this methodology: define, measure, analyze, improve and control.

Team Development: 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
The purpose of this training is to provide individuals and intact teams with useful concepts and practical tools for increasing team effectiveness. Specifically, team members learn about team basis and the characteristics of effective teams as well as a model for team development. In addition, they are given many opportunities to apply specific team development methods, tools and activities.

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Leadership
Undergraduate Certificate Option
(Must complete 5 of the following seminars) Coaching: Myers-Briggs
The Coaching: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator seminar introduces participants to the most widely utilized personality preference instrument in the world, the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI will assist participants to better understand their preferences for deriving energy, gathering information, making decisions and arranging their environment. Seminar objectives include exploring personal preferences/temperaments and understanding personality differences, learning to lead more effectively, guiding and rewarding their teams as unique individuals, learning to communicate better with each other and exploring decision-making tendencies of their's and other's type.

"FISH": Positive Attitude, Providing Exceptional Customer Service
Do you work in a "toxic energy dump?" Do you or your employees seem stuck in a situation in which everyone has lost ambition, energy and helpfulness? Have you forgotten what attitude and customer service are all about? We learn how the Pike Place Fish Market--with their secrets for success and improved attitude--helps encourage staff to be involved and conscientious about what they do. FISH's philosophy will help people in any business regain their energy and passion for their lives and work.

Now, Discover Your Strengths: Personal Leadership Assessment
The Now Discover Your Strengths: Personal Leadership Assessment seminar introduces participants to the StrengthsFinder Profile. This profile is the product of a 25-year effort (based on a study of over two million people) by the Gallup Organization to identify the most prevalent human strengths. The assessment and seminar will assist participants to: Identify their talents, Build these talents into strengths, and Leverage these strengths to increase success as a manager and the success of your organization. During this seminar, participants will complete the StrengthsFinder Profile and engage in exercises to gain a better understanding of their individual strengths.

Team Development: 5 Dysfunctions of a Team
The purpose of this training is to provide individuals and intact teams with useful concepts and practical tools for increasing team effectiveness. Specifically, team members learn about team basis and the characteristics of effective teams as well as a model for team development. In addition, they are given many opportunities to apply specific team development methods, tools and activities.

Win/Win Negotiation
This seminar is designed for students to assess their negotiation style, learn strategies to migrate their negotiation style to achieve win/win outcomes, and practice those skills using scenarios they encounter in everyday life. This enjoyable skill building program also teaches students various tactics that are used to secure concessions in a negotiation, and how to defend against them.

Business Etiquette
As people move up the organizational ladder they are often thrown into situations for which they are not prepared. Social skills and etiquette are requirements for leaders of today. This seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about wine and formal dining etiquette with an Illinois sommelier at a local restaurant, how to handle challenging etiquette conversations and situations, as well as additional topical etiquette issues.

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Executive Leadership
Graduate Certificate Option
(Must take 5 of the following seminars)
Advanced Business Ethics
This is an advanced seminar in the area of business ethics: dilemmas which modern businesses face. Often individuals are caught with personal and organizational conflicts due to competing values. What is the source(s) upon which our values and behaviors are based? What are the differences between what is moral, legal and ethical behavior and codes of conduct? These are the questions this short seminar will address. Through the use of films, group discussions and presentations the seminar will be an exciting, thought-provoking learning experience.

Advanced Oral Communication for Managers
This seminar will attempt to assist students in strengthening their oral communication skills for business. A balance of theory and practice will be provided.

Business Etiquette for Leaders
As people move up the organizational ladder they are often thrown into situations for which they are not prepared. Social skills and etiquette are requirements for leaders of today. This seminar will provide an opportunity to learn about wine and formal dining etiquette with an Illinois sommelier at a local restaurant, how to handle challenging etiquette conversations and situations, as well as additional topical etiquette issues.

Conflict Management/Negotiation
This seminar is designed for graduate students and professionals to learn the foundation and fundamentals of Win/Win negotiations. The content of this seminar is grounded on the disciplines of psychology, management and communications - with a focus on long-term relationship building - to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. This exciting skill building program offers business professionals the opportunity to learn their style of managing conflict and practicing tested negotiation techniques to improve their skills.

Developing High Performance Teams
One of the key responsibilities facing leaders is to develop high performance teams. This highly interactive seminar focuses on the top reasons why teams fail to be high performing teams and provides a practical application and strategy for how to improve team performance.

Good to Great
Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don't (Jim Collins) Making the transition from good to great doesn't require a high-profile CEO, the latest technology, innovative change management, or even a fine-tuned business strategy. At the heart of those rare and truly great companies was a corporate culture that rigorously found and promoted disciplined people to think and act in a disciplined manner. This seminar offers a well-reasoned road map to excellence that any organization would do well to consider.

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ADDITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR OPTIONS Critical Thinking in Business
The purpose of this seminar is to help business students and professionals systematically analyze business situations and avoid the traps that lead to bad thinking. The seminar will also help the professional better assess the role of business in society, analyze the claims of "experts" and identify business opportunities. Among the diverse topics covered in the seminar are: how to identify flaws in business reasoning, analyzing the total cost of a business transaction from the business' and the customer's standpoint, a new way to look at pricing, and how externalities and risk-sharing impact business decisions.

Globalization and its Political, Economic, and Cultural Implications
It is generally recognized that "globalization" has been changing our lives- the world is smaller and we are all interconnected in a "global village." Despite the wide acceptance of "globalization," the meaning and use of the term varies considerably. For example, it is used by the media, government officials, educators, and business managers to justify political and economic action: for changing a budget, developing a new government policy; creating a new business strategy or organizational structure; developing a new course, or is used by media as the basis for a news story.

"Globalization" is pervasive and is used as a pretext for government, business, or institutional action and affects how governments, businesses, and individuals operate and interact around the world. Globalization is the source of opportunity for some and is blamed by others for the world's problems, for poorly executed business strategies, and for bad government policies.

This seminar is designed for anyone interested in expanding their understanding of globalization and its effects. We will identify and discuss different theoretical perspectives for globalization, its causes, benefits and problems. We will try to answer questions such as: What is globalization? What has caused globalization? Why is it important to understand the differences and effects of "economic globalization," "political globalization," "cultural globalization?" What are the effects and implications of the globalization of markets, globalization of culture, globalization of politics? We will also examine "globalization" from a practical perspective. For example, how could the forces of globalization likely create more opportunities and problems for companies, governments, and individuals in the future? What challenges and opportunities will globalization bring for American businesses interested in entering or expanding business around the world? What role does government, media, and business play in our understanding of globalization?

Introduction to Business Ethics
This is an introductory seminar in the area of business ethics clarifying the purpose of codes of conduct: be it ethical, moral or civil. This seminar will address the challenges facing organizations and businesses to educate employees on the proper behaviors in the workplace. Through the use of films, group discussions and presentations, this seminar will prove to be an exciting learning experience in a very practical and important dimension of business.

Multi-Media PowerPoint
This seminar is designed for students who currently possess basic or advanced PowerPoint presentation skills. Students will learn how to make presentations "come alive." They will learn how to incorporate sound and video, as well as how to create web pages and self-executing presentations. Students will learn many creative ways to utilize the software - beyond the creation of class and professional presentations. They will learn how to create games, multimedia greeting cards, sales presentations and more.

Website Development
Design web pages using Microsoft Expression Web: Brief, HTML, custom graphics and hyperlinks. Enhance your web pages with animation. Review web management and emerging web technologies.



ADDITIONAL GRADUATE SEMINAR OPTIONS Critical Thinking for Managers
In this seminar, students will learn how to apply critical thinking skills to managerial decisions. The seminar will provide a thinking "toolkit", allowing anyone to analyze virtually any issue arising in business. Topics such as incentives, marginal costs, information, and pricing will be covered in an entertaining way. Students will learn how to avoid "common wisdom" that is often incorrect or incomplete by spotting flaws in business arguments. Each topic will conclude with a managerial application specific to the student's career.

Six Sigma for Managers
This seminar provides an overview of the key elements of a Six Sigma program. Six Sigma is a management strategy whereby customer satisfaction is maximized, and defects that create customer dissatisfaction are minimized. A key feature of Six Sigma is the use of a structured, disciplined problem solving approach to reducing defects. The six steps to problem solving are: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control, and Replicate.