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Driving Economic Growth through Entrepreneurship & Innovation (4 hours)

Please note: This training workshop is exclusively designed for a global audience (not meant for USA audience).

Entrepreneurs and small businesses stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services, and promote the diversification of the economic base. This workshop highlights the importance of entrepreneurship in driving economic growth and explores the core aspects of entrepreneurial and small business development including value-add partnerships, technical assistance programs, financing, business incubation, and more.

Attendees will learn the financial and managerial tools economic developers use to create a climate that encourages entrepreneurial and small-business development. In addition, attendees will examine how communities can leverage their economic development resources to build highly integrated networks to help businesses thrive in the global economy.

Note: Course materials are available in English and French

Course Details
  • Certification: AU Non-degree certificate awarded upon completion
  • Location: Online course - Zoom video conference
  • Who Should Attend: Existing or aspiring small business owners

Instructor – Dr. Lakami Baker

Dr. Lakami Baker

Dr. LaKami Baker currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Government & Economic Development Institute (GEDI) in University Outreach and holds the Russell Foundation Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies in the Harbert College of Business at Auburn University. In this role, she helps drive and support economic development and entrepreneurship growth initiatives across the state of Alabama. Additionally, she provides training to civic and elected officials as well as economic developers. Prior to joining GEDI, she served as the Managing Director of the Lowder Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, where she guided students, faculty and community entrepreneurs to creatively generate business ideas, refine their plans to maximize success potential, and prepared them to pitch in front of judges and investors. She prepares entrepreneurs to pitch in front of judges and investors. During her four-year tenure, the student teams she worked with won or raised over $850K in external sources and earned over $930K in revenue. Additionally, the community startups she mentored won $150K in state competitions to grow their businesses.

Dr. Baker is certified to provide training, coaching and mentoring on the lean startup methodologies, value proposition design, and creating and developing sustainable business models by the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) and also earned her Business Incubation Management (BIM) Certificate from InBIA. The BIM Certificate is the premier industry credential for the staff of incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, small business development centers and other entrepreneurship programs. She has completed the I-Corps South’s Instructor Academy, serves on the teaching team for Regional I-Corps short courses and has developed structured curriculum for technology commercialization courses.

Baker serves as a co-principal investigator on a $590K grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop an EDA University Center at Auburn University. The Center is focused on advancing regional commercialization efforts, entrepreneurship, innovation, business expansion, and developing a high-skilled regional workforce. She is the business expert on a research team awarded $1.275M to develop and commercialize biomedical implants and rehabilitative orthotics using additive manufacturing.

Baker earned her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a MS in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Baker teaches courses in strategy and technology commercialization at the MBA and executive levels. Her academic research has appeared in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, The Leadership Quarterly and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Prior to her academic work, Baker spent 11 years at 3M Corporation and held a variety of positions centered on engineering and product management. She served as the leader of the Electrical Supplies Business Unit, which had over $60 million in global revenue in the electrical construction and maintenance industry.

Please note: This training workshop is exclusively designed for a global audience (not meant for USA audience).

To setup a training session, contact Outreach Global: outrglb@auburn.edu
Tel: 334-844-5716

Office of Outreach Global
Email: outrglb@auburn.edu
Tel: 334-844-5716

Last Updated: August 3, 2020