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Ashland University, (888) 622-2527

Ashland offers a master of business administration degree in executive management through a two-year program designed for middle and top management individuals, who are generally company sponsored. Classes are offered at a Columbus location. Two MBA Business After Hours meetings will offer more information on the Graduate Management Institute in Columbus Aug. 15 and 19.

Capital University, 236-6679 or 236-6670

Capital's master of business administration program is a professional program intended to provide the educational foundation necessary for personal growth and an executive career. The program includes a common core of studies focusing on analytical and behavioral techniques and on institutional and environmental considerations confronting managers. Because the program requires business experience, all classes are held in the evenings, and students must be employed during the day.

Central Michigan University, 235-1645

Central Michigan offers a master of science in administration degree geared toward middle management. Concentrations include general, health services, human resources and software engineering administration as well as information resource management. The weekend classes are offered at the Defense Supply Center Columbus.

Columbus State Community College, 287-5000

The college created a Business and Industry Training Department to assist local businesses with on-site or on-campus consulting services and training programs. An extensive, varied list of offerings cover topics including career development, office organizational skills, project planning and management, train the trainer, computer skills, accounting and bookkeeping, writing skills and ISO standards.

Family Business Center of Central Ohio, 334-8916

The center is a membership organization that brings together those who own, operate and serve family businesses in Central Ohio. It offers programs with nationally known speakers, panel discussions and opportunities for small groups of members to share experiences. Upcoming events include "Wealth Preservation and Transfer: How to keep Uncle Sam from inheriting your family business" Sept. 21 and "Sustaining the Family Business" Nov. 2. The center also holds an annual awards ceremony, set for Nov. 2 this year.

Franklin University, 341-6263

Franklin's Center for Organizational and Human Development works with organizations to design and deliver programs, seminars, workshops and courses that meet various needs. Topic areas include supervisory development, team building, Myers-Briggs type indicator, finance and accounting for financial and nonfinancial managers, managing and resolving conflict, competing in a global market, scenario planning, marketing and sales enhancement and human resource management.

Languages Unlimited


Languages Unlimited offers foreign language and cultural training for companies that conduct business internationally and employ non-English speaking employees. Professional services include translation of business and marketing materials and providing interpreters of sign and most foreign languages.

Lee Esposito Associates


Lee Esposito presents a Publicity Coaching Boot Camp for executives who want to increase their company's visibility and improve their media relations track record. This one- or two-day program is designed for corporate communications professionals who have limited experience working with reporters and for executives who have been given the job of generating positive news stories about their organization.

Ohio Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education, 487-3675

OFEE is a nonprofit entity whose mission is to enhance central Ohio's economic well-being by developing raw entrepreneurial desire and talent. OFEE serves its mission by offering two courses. The Feasibility Study Program is for people who want to start a new business. The Business Plan program is for entrepreneurs who need to plan for growth. A coalition of successful local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial service providers serve as members of OFEE's board of trustees, as financial supporters, and share their expertise in the classroom.

Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

The Executive Development Program includes four sessions that repeat each year. Participants can enter at any point and take all or one of the four: Managing Human Capital, Organizational Changes & Managerial Strategies, Marketing Strategies and Financial Strategies. Contact Steve Stenner, 292-8575.

The Executive MBA program begins in January 2001. The 15-month curriculum is a blend of long-distance and on-site instruction that allows professionals to earn an MBA without leaving the work force. Built around cross-functional business issues, the program integrates current business concerns and project assignments that let participants work on their firm's multifaceted business challenges. Contact Carol L. Newcomb, 292-0268.

Also contact Newcomb regarding custom-designed programs for companies and trade associations at the regional and national level.

Ohio University, (740) 593-2028

Ohio University's Executive MBA program is designed for experienced business executives. Classes meet on the university's Lancaster campus. The program is structured so executives can complete all academic requirements within 21 months while continuing to handle their professional responsibilities full time. Class size is limited to about 35 students each fall; the program is designed to foster cooperation among participants and to integrate course materials with work experience.

Ohio University-Lancaster, (740) 654-6711, ext. 290

Ohio University-Lancaster's Center for Adult Learning offers university credit programs, business and industrial training and non-credit classes in several formats. Its business and industry training offerings assist executives in enhancing employee skills, morale and productivity. Courses include Continuous Improvement Basics, Team Building, Facilitator Training, computer application courses, technical training and human resources topics including Supervision Enhancement, Interviewing Techniques and Sexual Harassment Issues.

Reputation Management Associates, 486-5000 Bill Patterson, who has 22 years of broadcast journalism and 15 years of public relations experience, offers workshops including Presentational Skills, Spokesperson Development, Speakers' Bureau Training, Speech Coaching -- One on One, Media Training, Media Relations, Crisis Management, Community Relations and Special Events. Joan Slattery Wall ( is associate editor of SBN Columbus.