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March Highlights

Do you need Hands-on Assistance with Your Business? College of DuPage Business Development Center Can Help!

The Business Development Center provides expert coaching, customized advising and training to help get your new business off the ground, or to take your existing business to the next level of success. We offer hundreds of training options for small businesses throughout the year. There is no fee for advising services as the Center is grant funded.

We offer three core programs to assist with your business:

Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Entrepreneurs and small business owners can obtain advising in management, marketing, finance and operations. Our advising services can help with starting a business, business planning, market analysis, financial analysis, financing, sales and marketing.

Illinois International Trade Center (ITC)
Are you ready to expand your business further? Exporting offers the opportunity to open new markets and broaden customer bases. Get help with identifying international leads, distributor discovery, competitor analysis, financing options, sales and marketing strategy and assistance with global shipping challenges.

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Interested in expanding your small business to government agencies as a new market? Are you confused by the certification options? PTAC can advise you on working through the maze of government registrations and certifications, responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs), maximizing opportunities and gaining marketing exposure. Businesses that have an established commercial market, commitment to quality and can commit time and effort are the perfect candidates.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help:

College of DuPage
Business Development Center
535 Duane Street, Office 233
Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Main Line: (630) 942-2600

February Highlights

Jumpstart your career in the healthcare industry at COD

COD Continuing Education offers classes geared towards your professional level. Whether you are a well-seasoned professional, a management trainee, or just starting and deciding what professional industry you are interested in.
If you are looking to jumpstart your career in the healthcare industry, learn about the Caregiver course. Caregivers are essential members of a patient care team in providing high quality health care. This short-term online training course will provide an overview of the basic principles of caregiving at low cost.

Advance your career and take the first step to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner online. This seminar is geared towards healthcare professionals and frontline staff, particularly Alzheimer's Supervisors, per the State of Illinois Administrative Code 245 or 280 under title 77 mandate. This training will prepare a healthcare professional for qualification to the NCCDP as a Certified Dementia Practitioner® candidate.

Upcoming Start Dates
March 15

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar
May 8

Develop a skill or gain a new one through College of DuPage Professional Development

Whether you are a manager or an entry level employee, professional development is important to your career. Learn new skills that will keep you relevant in your field and let others know that you are interested in advancing your career. Our spring professional development topics are listed below. We also provide training in Communicating Effectively, Emotional Intelligence, Customer Experience, Team Building, DISC assessments and Using Effective Tools for Decision-Making and Goal Setting. Enroll as an individual or partner with College of DuPage for a customized training program based on your organization's professional development needs. Email to start a conversation about professional development.

January Highlights

Enhance your career potential and impact the lives of others and become a Caregiver

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14% from 2018 to 2028, adding about 1.9 million new jobs, which is more than any other industry. The coronavirus pandemic has shed light on major imbalances within the healthcare system; specifically, the supply and demand of allied health professionals. While doctors' and nurses' efforts are in the spotlight, allied healthcare professionals are also part of the team. 

Allied health professionals support the healthcare system by performing diagnoses, interventions, standard procedures, and administrative tasks. Because they specialize in niche areas, it takes significantly less time to complete professional training. For instance, COD Continuing Education Caregiver course is a short-term training course at low cost. Caregivers are essential members of a patient care team in providing high quality health care. The overall employment as a Caregiver is projected to grow 36 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boomer generation ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for the services of home health aides and personal care aides will continue to increase. The median annual wage was $24,200 in May 2018.

As we think ahead to a post-COVID-19 world, now is a crucial time to start considering ways to adapt in this rapidly changing industry. The COD Continuing Education Caregiver course will provide the new skills that the healthcare workforce needs to succeed.

For additional information visit the Caregiver webpage or call (630) 942-2008 to speak with a registration staff member. 

The Business of Craft Beer

Now in its fifth year, College of DuPage's Business of Craft Beer program is a short-term career training program that has solutions for those working in or desiring to work in the craft beer industry. Whether you are looking to enroll your employees in a beer production course, a course to develop your skills in social media marketing, or a course in craft beer entrepreneurship, we have over 10 courses taught by industry professionals. Visit our webpage to find out how our industry specific courses can help you develop your skills. 

Here are some of the positions that were recently posted in the craft beer industry – Marketing Assistant, Graphic Designer, Production, Quality Control, Sales, Merchandising, Retail, Distribution, Maintenance Technician, Brewer, Delivery Driver, Cold Side Operations, Packaging, Lab Technician, Taproom, Midwest Regional Manager, Overnight Cellar worker, General Manger, Business Analyst.

These are just some of the career positions that exist in the craft beer industry. Perhaps you own a brewery, brew pub, or beer-centric restaurant or you work in the industry and are looking for training to advance your career. Or you may be looking for your side hustle, your retirement job, your first job as a college grad, or transferring your current skills into a new industry. Sign up for just one 4 to 6 week courses or enroll in one of our professional tracks (Industry Professional or Entrepreneurship) and finish the program in as little as 18 weeks.

Register for our upcoming virtual Info Session on Thursday, January 7 at 6 p.m. to find out more about this exciting program. 

COD Business Solutions holds Wellness Webinar

In November, Pat O'Shaughnessy, Massage Therapy Program Manager held a webinar on wellness and self-care. As the holidays approach, it is important to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Wellness is a choice and a way of life. You can learn to develop awareness, balance in your life, and integrate of body, mind, and spirit. To obtain a copy of the presentation or start a conversation about wellness, contact Pat O'Shaughnessy at

December Highlights

Discover the Meaning Behind PSI

The Public Service Institute, or PSI as we call it, is a professional development program for public sector employees. The program is made up of 6 unique series of professional training topics geared toward those working in local government. The series are called, Engaging Employees I and II, Leading Teams I and II, and Organizational Leadership I and II. This training offers participants the opportunity to share best practices, network with those in other municipalities and examine case studies specific to the public sector.

The relevance of the topics learned to municipal employees is invaluable. The sessions are interactive so that participants are getting the most benefit by the discussions that take place within smaller groups. The instructors bring a wealth of training and public sector experience, which is important because of the uniqueness of this sector of employees.

Our newest series is Organizational Leadership which is geared to manager level and above. In this series, some of the topics are Strategic Planning, Crisis Communication and Finances – from State to Local Government. We developed the series this past fall and have added new trainers to our PSI talent bench including a former state comptroller, a county Homeland Security and Emergency Management manager, and a former village manager.

In addition to the PSI series, we have also brought a Project Management training for the public sector in a one day training with Andy Kaufman. This training has been widely attended since launching the course in January of 2020.

If you have participated in PSI, then you know the value of this unique program. If your organization has not attended one of these programs and you would like to find out more about PSI, please email Jenifer Walsh (

You may also visit our webpage for more information about upcoming sessions at


"This program does an excellent job of providing professional development education for municipal employees in a wide variety of topics." -Kent Johnson, City Engineer, City of Elmhurst