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Kent State University at Stark
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton OH 44720

Phone: 330-244-3512
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Small Business Development Center at Kent State Stark

Special Topics & Webinars

Special Topic:Thursday, March 5, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Business Writing - Marianne Canario

Do your employees send messages that are easily understood? Do action items jump off the page at the readers? Are email messages sent only to people who need them? Is the message targeted to the reader?

These proven techniques help your employees:
  • Craft well-organized, effective emails that reflect professionally on the author and convey your message
  • Convey the message in a clear, concise and organized manner
  • Use appropriate detail for various audiences
  • Distinguish between similar words that have different meanings (effect/affect, their/they’re/ there, etc.)
This eight-hour program is unique in its focus on applying new techniques. Our methodology allows your employees to take full advantage of their time away from work, returning with new skills and great tips that can be applied immediately.
Some typical modules are listed below; the specific modules to be presented are based on the samples submitted by participants, as well as consultation with managers, where appropriate.

  • Following proper email etiquette
  • Identifying the purpose and audience, and adapting accordingly
  • Planning and organizing the message
  • Writing clear action items
  • Using precise subject lines
  • Preparing useful meeting minutes
  • Using charts and graphs to enhance the message, where appropriate
In all programs, we stress the importance of planning the message and doing final edit(s) to ensure that the message is effectively transmitted.


Special Topic:Friday, March 6, 2015 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Supervisory Bootcamp - Faith Sheaffer-Polen

Do your first-time and front-line supervisors have the skills and training they need to be successful in their new roles?

Moving from Peer to Supervisor: Are we still friends?

Moving into a supervisory position can be an exciting and nerve-wracking step. Will my relationships change? What does a supervisor really do? What are my priorities now? These questions and more are addressed in this session. The benefits of attending this session include:

  • Learning the five basic management functions and three critical skills needed for you to succeed
  • Clarification of your new role and the new responsibilities and accountabilities you now have to your team, peers, managers, and organization
  • Completing a SWOT analysis for your organization and your team
  • Identifying how a supervisor must think, what they must say, and how they must behave
  • Identifying the actions you should take within the first few weeks of being a supervisor and creating a plan for completing them
  • Reviewing case studies of actual supervisor situations and determining the best course of action
Employment Law for New Supervisors

In addition to learning new ways of interacting with co-workers, new supervisors also need to know basic Federal and State Laws to help protect the employer from litigation. Participants will learn how these laws impact their daily activities:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act

Special Topic: Thursday, March 26, 2015 (8:30am-12:30pm) – Success through Feedback – Pete McVoy

In today’s competitive marketplace, organizations must effectively develop and utilize the staff and resources in place today to achieve the success they desire tomorrow. In “Success through Feedback,” participants will:

  • Learn practical skills for providing focused performance feedback and coaching using a simple feedback tool
  • Explore leadership practices that create and maintain commitment among employees
  • See the power in aligning the organization’s vision, mission and objectives and creating goals to support this alignment
  • Evaluate the impact of managing personal expectations, climate of the work unit, feedback, information and work unit   assignments
  • Increase effectiveness in giving constructive feedback in both formal and informal coaching and performance situations
  • Discover how to implement techniques to help direct reports take personal responsibility for performance improvement
  • Learn the importance of developing and implementing individual and unit-wide performance improvement plans


Special Topic: Friday, April 10, 2015 (8:30am-12:30pm) – Understanding Finance for the Non-Financial Manager – Gary Fitzmartin

This half-day program is designed to help Non-Financial managers understand the Reports, Equations, Ratios and Language used by finance managers, bankers and other members of corporate management to describe performance and trends in for profit businesses and non-profit organizations.  This understanding will enhance understanding and facilitate communication in all organizations.


Special Topic: Friday, April 17, 2015 (8:30am – 4:30pm) – Lean for Frontline Supervisors – John Potkalitsky

The overall success of a Lean transformation depends on leadership, especially frontline supervision.  Supervisors are the critical links between management and the people in the workplace.  They are in a key position to lead and create motivation.  And, most importantly, the supervisors are expected to change the current culture into a culture of continuous improvement.

However, despite these management expectations, most organizations give supervisors limited attention.  Supervisors often manage more people than anyone in the company.  Yet receive the least amount of training.  And, it’s not enough to just include supervisors in training.  The Lean training has to be designed specifically for the supervisors.
This one-day workshop focuses on the fundamental challenges the supervisors face in leading a Lean culture change.  From a supervisor perspective, they will learn how to use practical Lean tools and techniques in enough detail that they can begin immediately to apply them in their everyday work.  Also included is an overview of the “softer skills” needed to create and sustain successful change.


Special Topic: Friday, April 24, 2015 (8:30am – 12:30pm) – Training Charisma: Creative Tools and Techniques for the Trainer – Kordell Norton

What are the secrets the world’s best trainers use to make themselves charismatic on the way to becoming great teachers and change agents? In this fast paced and highly interactive workshop you will get tools, tips, tricks and traps used by the greatest trainers, teachers and speakers in the world.  Come, laugh and learn in the discovery of…

  • The seven elements, that when used, will move your presentations past training and make them DRASTIC experiences that create word of mouth buzz for you as a trainer
  • How to draw…the simple and easy methods to make those white boards/chalk boards become mesmerizing for your training events. Discover the methods used by Boeing, Bayer and thousands of other companies
  • The eight things that trainers must use . . . mandated by Sesame Street and expected by ALL of training participants
  • Learn the “First Three Seconds Rule” used by Professional Speakers; and a must for all trainers
  • Logistics Magic…the rules of room set up, breaks, handouts, putting video into your PowerPoint so it looks good, microphone mechanics, use of visual aids, leave behinds, and the SQP tool to up your influence
  • Why “You-Cans” is the most valuable skill a trainer can ever learn. Discover how “You-Cans” combined with “You” language make your presentations more professional

In addition, you will get cutting edge research into charisma . . . how to make you and your presentations magnetic, influential and personable. Learn how to make your material humorous and engaging.  This session is high energy, entertaining, humorous, and jam packed with examples and stories from the world’s greatest trainers.  Come and glean from Bob Pike, Larry Winget, Zig Ziglar, and even Bert and Ernie. Be prepared, you may get writer’s cramp from the banquet of ideas and new skills displayed for you.  This is like Disneyland for trainers and is not to be missed. 

Special Topic: Friday, May 22, 2015 (8:30am – 12:30pm) – Managing Anger: What to Do when Provoked – Emma Judge

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand why we lose our cool and how to find solutions
  • Identify one’s own common reactions in the face of angering situations
  • Develop practical strategies to keep personal balance and respond calmly

Course Content

  • What is anger and how does it happen? Definitions – The Anger Cycle
  • Bringing my body on board. What happens in the brain? How my body sends warning signals
  • Why I am provoked? Discover your triggers and use them in your favor 
  • Staying calm using my head. How to transform provocations into logic and calm

Additional Materials

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Anger
  • The Five Most Common Reactions
  • Pre-Test and Post-Test
  • Practice and Role-plays
  • Manual and Activities


Special Topic: Friday, May 29, 2015 (8:30am – 12:30pm) – Connecting with LinkedIn – Diane Helbig

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network service, reported to have more than 259 million users in more than 200 countries and territories. It is an invaluable tool. Whether or not you are already using LinkedIn, join us for this interactive, hands-on program. Learn how to use LinkedIn to connect, prospect and establish credibility. You will learn about Profiles, Research, Groups, Company Pages and more! Bring your laptop and questions.

Special Topics Registration

Mona Zink will assist you with your registration. Call 330-244-3508 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Special Topics are held on a demand basis and may be canceled due to low enrollment.


Previously Recorded Webinar Links

Dealing with Difficult Behaviors

Federal Employment Law

Conflict Management