Professional and Personal Development

What Kind of Thinker are You? You are what you think. Whatever you are doing, whatever you feel, whatever you want—all are determined by the quality of your thinking. If your thinking is unrealistic, your thinking will lead to many disappointments. If your thinking is overly pessimistic, it will deny you due recognition of the many things in which you should properly rejoice.

Think Critically – to enhance your effectiveness in every part of your professional life

The world gets more complex every day. There is only one way to cope – through command of your mind. Thinking more effectively gives you greater control over your life, helps you deal better with adversity, and, believe it or not, transform more of your dreams into reality. Effective thinking is no mystery. It consists of practical skills anyone can learn, practice and improve. Critical thinking offers those skills to anyone willing to
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Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC

ELEVATIONLAB is all of the training programs of the Missouri Small Business Development Center at UMKC; we offer classes and workshops that are targeted for every business stage:

  • SPARK classes for start-ups
  • SCALE classes for growth
  • SURGE classes for technology and innovation

All training programs offer participants an opportunity to learn from experienced business owners and consultants. Participants will get peer-to-peer interactions, strategic action items and opportunities to network with the experts and fellow entrepreneurs. Instructors bring years of business experience to each class, giving participants the opportunity to tap resources, get access to funding opportunities and leading-edge business tools.

Are you ready to turn your great idea into a business? Would you like to get into an entrepreneurial mindset and learn from successful business owners? Do you need help writing a business plan? Are you struggling with financial basics and management know-how? ELEVATIONLAB offers SPARK classes to

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Business & Sustainable Development Commission

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Our Ongoing Initiatives

WomenRising2030


WomenRising2030 is championing the role of women in business to lead for a more inclusive, just and sustainable world.


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Blended Finance Taskforce


The Blended Finance Taskforce aims to mobilise large-scale private capital for investment in the SDGs, especially for sustainable infrastructure.


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Food and Land Use Coalition


The Food and Land Use Coalition connects members from across science, government, business, civil society and more to develop a shared vision of working, sustainable food and land use systems in 2050 to raise our collective ambition and deliver on the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.


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World Benchmarking Alliance


The World Benchmarking Alliance, which through the efforts of Aviva, the UN Foundation, and the Index Initiative, is working to create a public way for companies to report progress on the Global Goals.
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Rural Business Development Grants | Rural Development


 

What does this program do?

This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

 

Who may apply for this program?

Rural public entities including, but not limited to:

  • Towns.
  • Communities.
  • State agencies.
  • Authorities.
  • Nonprofit corporations.
  • Institutions of higher education.
  • Federally-recognized tribes.
  • Rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation).

What is an eligible area?

 

Rural Business Development Grant money must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. Check eligible areas.

 

What kind of funding is available?

There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. There is no cost sharing requirement. Opportunity grants are limited to up to 10 percent of the total Rural

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Trans4mind Personal Development Resources

Transform my Life

“When we love, we are the universe and the universe lives in us.”

TRANS4MIND offers a wealth of free personal development resources, with online books, podcasts, articles, courses, quote collections, and more. This information will help you advance on an exciting path of holistic growth and wellbeing.

This is the power and meaning of personal development: to transform your mind… hence our website, Trans4mind. With our Tools for Transformation you can be the change you wish to see in the world!

IntroductionHOW TO USE THESE FREE RESOURCES  ►

Introduction to our Tools for Transformation. We aim to open up the mind to new ideas, new challenges and new solutions – to think differently and be creative. We each have specific needs at this time on our journey, so see which resources ring a bell in your heart.

Our motto: “Minds, like parachutes, function better when open.”

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Personal Development Online Courses | Coursera

Personal development is the process of reflecting on your skills and qualities, considering how they relate to your goals in life, and identifying ways to build the strengths you need to succeed. Engaging in the lifelong process of personal growth can pay dividends in your inner life, your family life, your relationships, and in your professional development.

Think about childhood development as an analogy. As an infant grows from a toddler to a preschooler into childhood and then adolescence, they acquire crucial skills like walking, talking, fine motor skills, reading, and countless others. While we may be finished with the dramatic physical growth of childhood, we must continue to learn the more sophisticated skills we need for success in the adult world: patience and discipline, financial and career planning, listening at the office and at home, finding a sense of inner calm in the midst of a hectic day, and

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Minority Business Development Agency

NOW OPEN: Nevada and New Mexico MBDA Business Center Grant Competitions

Loans & Grants

Learn more about available grant and loan programs, as well as information on loan packaging, private equity & venture capital sourcing.

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Minority & Women’s Business Development

Our mission: To promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts. We supplement New York State’s economic leadership with information and resources that increase access to information and opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses throughout the state. 

Our key objectives:

  • Encourage and assist state agencies to award a fair share of contracts to MWBEs.
  • Review applications by businesses seeking certification and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs.
  • Promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to NYS agencies as well as MWBEs.

Need direct business development help? Please contact us.

2020 NYS Regional MWBE Opportunities Expo Series
 

The 2020 NYS Regional Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Opportunities Expo series brings together various state agencies/authorities that have a significant presence in each region to provide MWBE firms with local networking opportunities. In addition to providing the prospect of meeting

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Women’s Business Development Center

Dear WBDC Network,

We are reaching out to assure our WBDC family that we are taking all possible proactive measures to support and assist our clients with the economic impact on their businesses from necessary COVID-19 containment measures.

The WBDC is actively advocating for grant and loan solutions to ensure the financial sustainability of our clients. Since this is an evolving situation, we do not have all the answers at this time, but we will continue to keep our network up to date.

Here are a few of the ongoing steps the WBDC has taken to support our clients:

New Information  

Immediate Steps to Support Borrowers across our Region:

To support our clients across our 9-state region, the WBDC is helping clients navigate the recent U. S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) authorization to provide small business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This unprecedented program can provide

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