Business Essentials

Program Overview

Program Details

Upcoming Program Dates





Early bird tuition: $2700
Tuition: $3000
Group Pricing:

1st person                              $2,700
2nd-3rd (25% discount)          $2,050 each
4th person (50% discount)     $1,350
5th person                               Free

Program fee includes all class materials, simulation license fees, faculty coaching, and most meals.

To have a positive impact on the success of your organization, you need a strategic approach to decision-making based on proven methods you can apply to your business’s unique needs. In this program, learn how the world’s most successful businesses operate effectively and how you can leverage their methods to positively influence your organization from any position.

Our world class educators use their own corporate executive experience to teach you how to best approach strategic decision-making in the areas most critical to your organization’s success, including financial analysis, innovation, managing change, team building, understanding your customers, and creating impact through collaboration. You will learn how to apply these skills to your own real-world projects through engaging, hands-on learning activities including case discussions, simulations, exercises and role-play scenarios.

By the end of the program, you will have identified a critical need for your own organization and developed a strategic plan for how to address it, with our executive trainers serving as your personal consultants.


Key Takeaways

Through this program you will…

  • Gain a deeper understanding of fundamental business models so you can drive decision-making in your organization
  • Learn strategic communication techniques
  • Work with like-minded professionals from other organizations facing similar challenges
  • Improve your understanding of essential business functions including finance and operations and how to apply them strategically
  • Be able to effectively analyze customers and develop a customer-focused strategy
  • Understand how to lead and influence your team from any position
  • Develop a strategic plan to address one of your organization’s most pressing needs
  • Learn how to craft an effective value proposition and improve presentation skills

Who should attend

  • Business professionals who want to positively influence the strategic direction of their team or organization
  • STEM professionals seeking an in-depth understanding of how to effectively navigate decision-making in key functional areas of a business
  • Business owners and/or sole proprietors who want to learn how to develop and implement a strategic business plan in order to achieve tangible growth



  • Early bird tuition: $2700
  • Tuition: $3000
  • Group Pricing:
    1st person                              $2,700
    2nd-3rd (25% discount)          $2,050 each
    4th person (50% discount)     $1,350
    5th person                               Free

Pricing includes: all class materials, license fees for all simulations, faculty coaching, and breakfast, lunch and snacks during the program. 

We offer discounted rates for NC State Faculty & Staff, NC State Partners, and certain associations. To see if this applies to you, please contact Susan Heaton at to inquire about a discount code.

For group pricing discounts, please email Susan Heaton at

Cancellation policy: No refunds will be issued for any cancellations requested within 10 days of the event start date.

Program Sessions

1OneTBD» Operations & Finance
» Customer Analysis & Strategy
TwoTBD» Innovation & Business Planning
» Influence & Consulting
2ThreeTBD» Business Plan Presentations & Organizational Culture
» Organizational Leadership
FourTBD» Change Management
» Transformational Leadership


Click here to view a complete program agenda overview

Participant Experiences

Greg Boone, Co-CEO at Blue Acorn iCi and 2018 NCTech Executive of the Year

"I found the experience with the NC State Business Essentials program to be extremely valuable. In fact, I can say with confidence the class played a significant role in getting me where I am today.”


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