UD hosts workshop for women entrepreneurs
Dubai, May 23, 2011
The Center for Management & Professional Development at the University of Dubai (UD) is organising a free one-day management development workshop for women entrepreneurs on May 31 at the SME Business Village in Dubai.
The University of Dubai runs a diploma program in Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development every year for potential women entrepreneurs who enroll in a fully sponsored three months intensive training program.
The workshop has been designed to help women entrepreneurs develop specialized skills in management, marketing, finance and accounting and strengthen their ability to build and manage effective and profitable organizations, said a statement from the university.
Key facilitators of the workshop will discuss topics such as “Become a Highly Effective Woman Leader” and “Learn How to Effectively Use Social Media as a Marketing Tool,” it added.
The workshop, which is open to all nationals, will also provide an excellent platform to network with other women entrepreneurs in the UAE. Two more workshops are scheduled in June.
Those who wish to participate must be at the initial start up stage of their business or with existing businesses who desire to develop their management skills to enhance their company’s revenues, profits and market impact.
The management development workshop is part of the Investment in Women Entrepreneurship initiative rolled out by UD and Citi Foundation to supplement entrepreneurial vision with entrepreneurial competence.
'The goal of the program is to assist potential entrepreneurs who are keen to plan and develop their business ideas into functioning enterprises managed by them on a full time basis. Each year 20 to 25 women are selected to undergo the training program which has touched the lives of more than 150 women to date.'
Dr Omar Hefni, president of UD, said the initiative has proven to be a unique proposition designed to address UAE’s labor market need for the right talent, and to enhance entrepreneurial skills.
'The entrepreneurship and business plan preparation workshop has opened doors for not only Emiratis but also expatriate women who have now got closer to realizing their dreams of a small start up,' he noted.
Usha Kaul Saraf, director, CMPD at UD said, 'The workshop which is being offered freee is a great opportunity that entrepreneurs in UAE must not miss. Participants will learn how to manage their business effectively through proper planning, setting of priorities, effective listening skills and other practical topics that will help them reach their goals.'
'This is a one of a kind program being delivered in this region. Although it is the seventh consecutive year, the content of the intensive diploma program has evolved considerably with every passing year making it more relevant, practical and hands-on with full applied content,' she added.-TradeArabia News Service