Training Institute

The Training Institute offers training for current and prospective business owners. The primary focus is on creating technical companies; however, the program is open and valuable for all. The training is offered via webinar, Regional and Annual Conferences and via local activities.

Webinars and Podcasts

Every month, we feature an online seminar and/or podcast.


"Intellectual Property 101: Protecting Your Ideas"

Wednesday, December 14th at 7PM EST
This webinar will highlight what entrepreneurs need to begin protecting their intellectual property. The topics covered will include patent, trademark, and copyright law. Webinar participants should expect to leave with a greater understanding of which types of intellectual property are suitable for their needs, the basic requirements for protection, and resources available for obtaining that protection. Intellectual Property Essentials for Entrepreneurs is equally geared to ambitious individuals who aspire to have a business and those who currently have businesses. Strategies will be provided that will help business inception, development, and expansion all while protecting the intellectual property.

Presenter Information: Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones is a patent attorney at General Motors where she is responsible for Global Research and Development. Prior to working at General Motors, Ms. Jones was responsible for patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and due diligence at Harness Dickey & Pierce, PLC - a leading law firm ranked by Intellectual Property Today as the fifth best patent law firm in the United States among over 300 firms. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. Ms. Jones is the 2011-2012 President of The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association (a National Bar Association Affiliate Chapter) and serves as an Ambassador Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit.

Webinar Access:

Topic: Intellectual Property 101: Protecting Your Ideas
Host: Ayanna Berry
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Registration ID: 993145
Session number: 689 160 138
Session password: bd.2011

To join the training session
1. Go to
2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
3. Enter the session password: bd.2011
4. Click "Join Now".
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For assistance, contact Ayanna Berry at


January Webinar:

Wednesday, January 15th at 7pm EST

Please email for more information about the January topic.


Annual Convention

Wednesday, March 28 – Friday, April 1
Pittsburgh, PA
Target Audience: All convention attendees

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned business owner or beginning to write your first business plan, the NSBEpreneur™ Training Institute is the venue to learn new and skills to make your business successful.


Training Institute Schedule
Wednesday 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM NSBEPreneur ™ Business2Business Exchange
Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
NSBEPreneur ™ Training Institute Pre-Meeting
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NSBEPreneur™ Training Institute: 101 - Financial Management and Wealth Building Strategies
Thursday 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM NSBEPreneur™ Training Institute
Thursday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
NSBEPreneur™ Training Institute: 102 - From Engineering to Entrepreneurship: What you need to know today to start tomorrow's businesses
1:00 PM - 2:00PM NSBEPreneur™ Training Institute: 301 - How to Write a Successful Business and Marketing Plan w/Small Business Association           
Friday 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
NSBEPreneur™ Training Institute: 501 – Panel: Securing Government and Private Contracts (Supplier Diversity)
Friday         3:00 PM - 4:45 PM NSBEPreneur ™ Entrepreneurship: Executing Your Passion & Finding Success Outside of Traditional Engineering

Local Initiatives

If you are an entrepreneurship trainer or coach and would like to host a webinar or participate in a conference workshop, contact the National Business Diversity Chairperson, Ayanna Berry at