Starting Up Your Own Business (SOH102)
Having your own business sounds simple, but the fact remains that a large proportion of new businesses fail, and fail without looking at the fundamentals. This course is designed to provide practical and theoretical knowledge equipping students with the skills necessary to establish a business. From idea formulation to business plan development, the course will cover market analysis and positioning, financial planning, organizational management, and resource management. Topics covered will incorporate all aspects of a business: organization, marketing, financial management and human resources. By looking at these aspects the course will allow students to look at opportunities objectively and realistically therefore giving any potential entrepreneur the means to succeed.
Masatoshi Hirakata has more than 20 years of leadership experience in various business units' functions and management positions in Asia Pacific and international business operation. He earned a BA in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Sophia University and an MA in Economics from Temple University Japan. He has been teaching in the Continuation Education program at Temple University for 10 years. He also enjoys Skiing for many years and has recently become interested in Skiing as a lifetime sport and its relationship with preventive medicine. He studied physical conditioning, fitness methodology, and skiing technical reference at Canadian Sport Business Academy. He holds SAJ Skiing class 1 certificate, Canadian Skiing Instructor Association Level 1 certificate, and Avalanche Skill Training 1 certificate from Avalanche Canada.
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