EO Institute at Belmont is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn from experts

Starting a new company from the ground up is a huge challenge. For qualified entrepreneurs with the passion to meet that challenge, help is available in the form of insight and expertise at the EO Institute at Belmont University.

This will be the second year that Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville has sponsored this series of lectures and workshops on the challenges facing entrepreneurs. Led by faculty at Belmont University, the EO Institute offers a unique experience for attendees to learn from scholars and experts in the fields of business and entrepreneurship.

“The EO Institute provides insight and benefits for me and my key staff members,” said Arnie Malham, president of EO Nashville and owner of cj Advertising. “The return on investment is fantastic.”

The fall sessions will take place Aug. 28, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13 at Belmont University, beginning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast followed by a three-hour workshop. To attend, you must either be a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization or qualify for membership. To qualify, prospective members must be younger than 50 years old and be founder, co-founder or majority shareholder of a company with gross annual sales of at least $1 million.

Admission is $150 per session. EO members & sponsors may attend for free. Those who qualify for EO membership may attend a single session for free. Entrepreneurs interested in attending should call Sameera Lowe at 615-309-1775

Entrepreneurs’ Organization has a global membership that provides information and support to entrepreneurs. The Nashville chapter has 54 members, representing total annual sales of $188 million and 1,084 employees.

The EO Institute Fall Sessions include:

“The Art and the Science of Effective Leadership” – Aug. 28

Led by Dr. Jeff Cornwall, holder of the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship at Belmont University, where he teaches classes in finance and ethics for entrepreneurs, the session will identify several different types of leadership styles and help participants determine which style best fits with their businesses.

“Negotiation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” – Oct. 16

Dr. Susan Williams, professor of management at the Jack Massey School of Business at Belmont University, will lead this session which will cover proven, practical negotiation strategies that can make a significant difference to a business whether you are negotiating with clients, employees, business partners or vendors.

“An Intentional Culture” – Nov. 13

Dr. Jeff Cornwall will lead this session, which will deal with establishing and maintaining a culture within your business. Many entrepreneurs make the decision to start a business based on the desire to create a certain kind of work culture. As the business grows, maintaining that culture becomes a challenge. The session will provide insights on how to establish clear values at your business and communicate this culture to your employees and customers.

The EO Institute Spring sessions will examine effective financial management during growth:

“Better Decision Making Using Financial Statements” – Jan. 8, 2010

Dr. Marilyn Young, CPA, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in taxation and corporate accounting at Belmont University. She will lead the session, which covers how to read financial statements and what the numbers really tell you, as well as how to use this knowledge to make better decisions about your company.

“Financing Growth” – Feb. 12, 2010

Understanding the changing needs of a growing venture can be key to a business’ success. Dr. Jeff Cornwall will examine how to fit a financing strategy into the aspirations and goals of an entrepreneur. The session will also include insights on reconciling the new economic reality of financing in turbulent economic times. This session is designed for CEOs, CFOs, controllers and heads of operations.