The Center for Retail Excellence offers classes and mentoring to assist aspiring and existing retailers in operating their businesses successfully. You do not have to have a college degree (or even a high school diploma) to participate and we focus on curriculum that are essential to your business’s success, not on abstract theories. Our classes are accessible and affordable and are presented in a variety of formats: online, face-to-face, and streaming video.
Our flagship course of study is the Certificate in Retail Operations (CROps). The Certificate is earned by completing 7 classes (each only six weeks in length) that cover what we call the Seven Pillars of Retail Operations.
- Run with It! – Successful startup
- Dollars and Sense – An introduction to accounting for retail
- Marketing’s a Pitch – How to identify markets and get people into your store.
- Retail, E-tail, and Detail – Merchandising for retailers.
- May the (Work)Force Be With You – Hiring for success.
- Cover your Assets – Loss Prevention and Security
- Reality Bites – Failing to plan is planning to fail!
These classes can be taken individually or as a course of study. Currently, there are three cohorts, geographically situated in Norfolk, Gloucester and the Peninsula, with plans for additional cohorts to respond to needs exceeding this geographical reach. Each cohort site is equipped to accommodate the face-to-face portions of this certificate program, with classrooms and conference rooms for breakout and one-on-one mentoring sessions.
The Center for Retail Excellence is a resource offered in connection with the Retail Alliance, Virginia’s oldest trade association serving the interests of local retailers in greater Hampton Roads for 115 years.
The mission of the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary is to serve the Commonwealth, the nation, and the global community both by offering high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels and by creating and communicating new knowledge.
We believe that true innovation and lasting value is created when solutions are developed with the user at the forefront. Because of this focus, Design Thinking and Customer Development are two related methodologies at the core of our innovation and entrepreneurship offerings.
The general methodology that we teach in our innovation courses is commonly referred to as “Design Thinking”. Design Thinking has emerged as a best-practice set of methods and mindset, wherein traditional analytical skills are merged with creative, divergent thinking skills in an intentionally structured, yet highly flexible and dynamic process. Design Thinking reflects ideas, behaviors, and wisdom from a wide variety of fields including psychology, anthropology, art, business, design – and virtually every other field of study or practice.
Design Thinking can be applied to many contexts and disciplines – from business, to government and non-profit. It is often used to identify new product and service concepts and business models, but is equally relevant to other problem solving contexts such as process improvement and new venture creation. Generally speaking, Design Thinking is best applied in situations in which the problem, or opportunity, is not well defined, and/or a breakthrough idea or concept is needed.
“The students entering the Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship now have opportunities that were not available to me when I attended NSU. I am pleased to be in a position to partner with NSU in offering those opportunities” – Ernest M. Hodge
Students, faculty and staff collaborate to develop innovative and creative thinking to launch ideas and businesses. Internship and project opportunities with faculty and companies further the experience.
Want to be your own boss? Are you ready to start, expand or manage a small business – including retail services, family-owned operations and even e-commerce?
Reason and faith make Regent different.
Eager to make a difference in a complex world? Regent will give you the high-quality, Christ-centered education you need to bring innovative solutions to your field. With 128 areas of study in fields like business, cybersecurity, healthcare, education and more, Regent will equip you to put your knowledge and skills into practice with integrity, compassion and purpose.
It’s an approach that can change the world.
- Seeks to fund selected high potential startups where a founder, major investor or board member is a UVA alum or has another strong UVA affiliation
- Brings the knowledge and experience of our diverse member base together with our startup community, regardless of location
Welcome to the CNU E-Club! Our goal isinspire and facilitate the entrepreneurial spirit for both Christopher Newport Students and members of the Hampton Roads Community. We achieve this by networking CNU students and local business owners together to merge technical talent with entrepreneurial ideas, pitch perfect nights where students pitch their business ideas to club members, and business plan competitions where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to judges and are evaluated with winners awarded start-up funds.
Take classes to increase your skills in business, leadership skills and entrepreneurship. Workforce Development is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs, small and large business owners, and individuals in various industries interested in training to become well-versed in today’s innovative business strategies.