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Non-Credit Certificate: Business Development

Build Your Business From The Ground Up

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In partnership with World Trade Center Denver, University of Denver's Center for Professional Development offers industry-led programming for entrepreneurs looking to build their business from the ground up. Drawing on the talents of experts in operations, sales, marketing, finance, strategy, and law, courses will lead students through business plan development, financial planning, legal pathways, and brand development to provide a comprehensive look at the essentials of business development.

The Business Development certificate was born from DU's commitment to the public good coupled with WTC's goal to bring prosperity to our local communities, especially by supporting immigrant entrepreneurs transferring skills from their home counties. Drawing on University College's values of honoring the individual, working together, and pursuing excellence, the program seeks to bring community members together to network, share experiences, and gain the confidence to build their businesses here in Colorado.

Registration is currently closed for Business Development courses. Check back for updates and information on new dates. 

Course Descriptions

Business Plan Fundamentals (CPD-0231)
Learn the basics of creating a business plan. Understanding the core functions of your business, your customers, logistics, and finances are imperative for your success as an entrepreneur. This course is designed to ask you the questions you need to answer to understand, start, and run your business.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this course students will be able to:

  • Identify the needs for a successful business.
  • Explain the core pieces of a business plan.
  • Analyze a customer base and the needs their business will meet.
  • Evaluate a business' story and adapt that message for various marketing strategies.
  • Identify financial needs for the business.
  • Create a simple business plan.

This course offers 12 CE hours
Online via Zoom

Cost: $360

Developing Your Brand and Marketing Plan (CPD-0234)
This course will give you guide rails for understanding and developing your company culture, creating your Purpose, Vision, Values, and Positioning, communicating your brand with authenticity and uniqueness, understanding visual identity, and solving problems with Design Thinking.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this course students will be able to:

  • Develop clear articulations of their business Purpose, Vision, Values, and Positioning.
  • Evaluate and communicate their Brand Personality.
  • Craft a messaging campaign for their company/product/service.
  • Add value to their product/service through Design Thinking.
  • Solve any problem business problem through Design Thinking.

This course offers 12 CE hours
Online via Zoom

Cost: $360

Financial Planning for Business (CPD-0232)
This course will help you understand how to build your own basic financial model at the entrepreneurial level to more effectively do what you created the business for in the first place, make money! Starting with funding, valuation, planning, and tracking, this course will guide you through using Excel, applying the three financial statements, accurately tracking your revenue, and more! Students will also have the opportunity to create a viable financial model for a business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completing this course students will be able to:
  • Manipulate cells and sheets to do basic arithmetic using cell references in Excel.
  • Explain their organization system and identify the accounting software and accountant that they use.
  • Explain the three financial statements and how they interact with each other.
  • Examine the difference between having a job and being an entrepreneur.

This course offers 12 CE hours
Online via Zoom

Cost: $360

Legal Pathways for Business Development (CPD-0233)
This course will cover important legal knowledge that is integral to creating a business and is designed to help you understand how to take the concept of your business into the next phase of development. You will learn regulatory requirements including permits and licenses, registrations, and the many import/export rules that exist and how to operate in accordance with them. You will learn how best to interact with necessary third parties including vendors and service providers, landlords, customers, and more. We will cover taxes, legal disputes, intellectual property, and compliance issues.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this course students will be able to:

  • Determine the type of business organization that best suits the business owner's needs.
  • Examine the regulatory issues that businesses often face.
  • Explore how business relationships with third parties can be structured.
  • Analyze how disputes arise and how they are often resolved.
  • Explore legal compliance concepts and how to plan a compliance program that is suited to a business.

This course offers 12 CE hours
Online via Zoom

Cost: $360


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of each course, students will receive a certificate of completion. Students who complete all 4 courses in the program will receive a certificate in Business Development.


Craig Maginness
Craig, managing member of ExIn Global Strategies, is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and adviser for businesses looking to grow into new markets. Craig spent much of his career at a Fortune 1000 company, overseeing international operations, directing sales and marketing, and serving as president of two of the company’s foreign subsidiaries. He has taught international business as an adjunct professor at both Johnson & Wales University and in the Executive MBA program at Colorado State University. He has served as president and chairman for the World Trade Center Denver, where he has trained entrepreneurs, company executives, and trade support specialists to be more successful in international business. Craig is the author of “Go Glocal: The Definitive Guide to Success in Entering International Markets” which became a #1 New Release in International Money & Business on Amazon following its publication in April 2018. He was named the International Trade Educator of the Year 2013 by NASBITE International.
Harris Kalofonos
Harris is the Managing Director at Goodvoice Group. Harris has served the Olympic movement for two decades in key management roles. He has worked at five Olympic Games, the brand team of Olympic City USA, as well as for Olympic sponsors such as Liberty Mutual, Nike, and Panasonic. Harris always had an interest connecting the dots of his past experiences through the development of one of a kind partnerships. Understanding intentions, meeting expectations, activating spaces, and fostering conversations are his core values that he infuses into Goodvoice Group culture.
Kurt Gerwitz
Kurt works in International Finance for Associated Foreign Exchange (AFEX). Before earning his MBA in Finance and International Business from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, he worked in education, sales, and corporate training in negotiations. He has taught Finance and Investments at Tulane, has served on the board of several non-profits, and volunteers with the World Trade Center Denver’s Immigrant Program. He’s studying for his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
David Aschkinasi
David is Special Counsel with the Denver law firm Glade, Voogt, Lopez and Smith. As a business legal adviser on complex commercial, federal, and state government transactions, international regulatory, and strategy matters, David counsels business clients on privacy, cybersecurity, FCPA and international compliance issues and helps them develop and implement compliance programs designed to reduce business risk. David provides business clients with strategic and practical advice and transaction support. David worked as in-house counsel at a major telecommunications services company for many years before entering private practice. David is a member of World Trade Center.

Register Today to Kick Start Your Business

Business Plan Fundamentals - Registration Closed
Developing your Brand and Marketing Plan - Registration Closed
Financial Planning for Business - Registration Closed
Legal Pathways for Business Development - Registration Closed


About the World Trade Center Denver

The World Trade Center Denver helps companies and entrepreneurs collaborate locally, connect strategically, and thrive on the global stage. Our network of experts and comprehensive training provides companies the resources they need to succeed. Our trade experts are available to assist companies on a one-on-one basis and provide customized solutions.

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