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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 120 IDEA: Coproduce a Seminar

Karen Tate, president of the Griffin Tate Group in Cincinnati, teaches employees of big and small companies how to manage complex projects. Project management professionals (PMPs) are highly trained and function like a certified public accountant (CPA) for project managers.

To promote her seminar business, Tate often partners with a local chapter of her professional organization, the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMI has over 200 chapters all over the world and over 300,000 members. Worldwide, there are about 400,000 certified PMPs, which is a designation similar to a CPA.

“The local PMI chapters like to offer seminars to their members,” said Tate. “I offer to teach one for them and we split the profits, ...

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