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Course Description

3.25 CE credits for General, Adjuster, Accident & Sickness, and Life licenses
approximately 3 hours, $39.00 (prices may change without notice: consult the VuBiz website)

Communities around the world are taking ownership of the decisions and resources that shape their social and economic development. Learn how communities can shape their future and design innovative projects.

Cultivate your skill in community development, community planning, entrepreneurship, Internet applications, and networking. Topics include connected communities, community development business plans, and assessing your community’s entrepreneurial readiness.

5 Required Modules

Introduction to Community Development
  • Discover the new approach to community development that globally changes the way communities live and work.
  • Examine some of benefits and challenges in the way community-based development empowers local ownership of decisions and resources that shape social and economic development.
  • Visit Internet sites demonstrating the vital role new technology plays in sharing information and building communities for the new millennium.
Connected Communities
  • Find out how technology can help build strong, healthy, and economically viable communities and countries.
  • Internet-based technologies can support community initiatives, create jobs, and help local enterprises compete in the new economy.
  • List factors that contribute to a healthy community.
  • Identify ways that a connected community may use Internet-based technologies.
  • Define "Smart Community"  and three objectives of Canada's Smart Communities movement.
The New Community Development
  • Analyze the meaning of sustainable community development.
  • Examine case studies in which communities around the world are initiating, organizing, and taking action to further common interests, achieve common goals, and exert increasing control over their economic and social development.
  • What are the benefits of a community-based development?
  • What key three conditions contribute to successful community-based development?
  • Use our community-development checklist to evaluate your own community’s readiness.
Entrepreneurial Communities
  • Find out how entrepreneurial communities are using their resources to create new economic opportunities.
  • Discover the resourceful, realistic, and adaptable ways new economic communities respond to today’s changing economic and social environment.
  • Identify four key environment forces affecting communities.
  • List four stages of building a new economic community.
  • Review the role, characteristics, and skill of the new community leaders known as civic entrepreneurs.
  • Examine strategies for developing and promoting communities online.
  • Use our entrepreneurial-readiness survey to evaluate your community’s readiness to support such development.
Community-Development Business Plan
  • Create a quality business plan to increase the success of your community-based development project.
  • After reviewing the components of an effective business plan, examine a simple income statement model that will allow you to analyze revenues and expenditures associated with the venture.
  • Develop strategies for accessing the funds you need to implement your development project, as well as Internet tools for researching sources of capital.
  • Learn the three steps in implementing a community development business plan and the three questions addressed by a community development business plan.
  • Discuss the role of core businesses in achieving a community's mission.

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