Wednesday September 6, 2006

Developing Strong, Local Business Leaders

That's the goal of the new partnership between the University of Dayton's Center for Leadership and Executive Development and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. The hope is to boost the Dayton economy.

Developing better business leaders that will, in turn, boost the Dayton economy is the goal of the new partnership between the University of Dayton's Center for Leadership and Executive Development and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber members with fewer than 400 employees can receive a 50 percent discount on an introductory partnership with the Center. Businesses will be able to send executives to up to 10 executive education programs taught by business leaders from around the nation.

The discounted fee is $4,350. A company could send 10 executives to one program or one executive to 10 programs. Programs run from October to May. The first program is Oct. 18. Anyone can register up to the date of the program, but seats fill up quickly.

"Nearly 70 percent of our members are small businesses," said Phil Parker, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. "By making the Center for Leadership and Executive Development program more accessible, these businesses will be able to provide their workers with quality professional development."

Center administrators say they hope to give small businesses flexibility in filling infrastructure gaps that may inhibit leadership development and access to leadership lessons. Because businesses from the region and beyond use the center's executive programs, there will be many networking opportunities.

"We are committed to strengthening the region's economy by helping develop stronger business leaders," said Pete Luongo, executive director of the UD Center for Leadership and Executive Development. "As the profile of the region's economy and business community changes with more small business growth, we want to make our leadership development expertise more accessible to that segment. This partnership helps us do that more effectively."

More information about the Center for Leadership and Executive Development can be found at http://leadership.udayton.edu/.

For more information, contact Robert Smith, UD Center for Leadership and Executive Development associate director, at 937-229-4936 or Stephanie Yenn, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce training and development manager at 937-226-8256.