Mini-MBA™: Business Management for Military and Veterans - Curriculum

Jumpstart the Transition from Military Service to Business Success

Understanding the communication styles of co-workers will lead to a broader understanding of how best to work with them in an ever-changing civilian environment 

Global Economic Drivers and Inhibitors

Seeing the globe as uniformed military personnel can be a very different view than seeing it from an economic perspective

Business Strategy

In this session, we will cover how civilian business strategies evolve and how your military experience can be value-added in this process. You will learn to translate your military training and experience into business situations, coming to an understanding of the links between military and business strategy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Evolution of Corporate Strategy
  • Technology’s Impact on Business and Military Strategies
  • Unit-level Military Strategy
  • Today’s Business Strategies and Processes

Fundamentals of Finance

Reading and analyzing financial statements, and understanding their underlying story may be unfamiliar to those exiting the military, accustomed to receiving a federal budget allocation. Topics in this module include: the balance sheet, income statements, and cash flow statements, as well as fundamental financial analysis using net present value, time value of money, rate of return, and other measures of investment attractiveness, trade-offs between risk and return, and making effective capital budgeting decisions.

Key Takeaways :

  • An understanding of the meaningful information contained in a financial statement
  • Knowledge of the three important financial documents produced by businesses
  • The vital role that access to cash plays in an organization
  • Finance vs. Accounting

Marketing and Sales

The basics for people coming from the type of industry that doesn’t need to market or sell its products or services

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is a business integrating process used to create and sustain competitive advantage based on the delivery to customers of basic (expected) and value-added (unexpected) services.

Navigating the Legal and Ethic Mine Field

How do the laws that govern business workplaces differ from those of the military?

Managing Employees

How human resource management takes place amongst civilians – what’s similar and what’s different from a command structure

Leadership--Converting Orders into Action

Contrasting successful military and business leaders, and their management styles to determine what type of leader and manager you want to be

Managing Your Career as a Civilian

This module will focus upon translating your military skills to the private sector, identifying careers those skills would align with, and modifying your behaviors and actions to relate to those of your fellow civilian employees.  You will learn the job search process, create a personal campaign, and develop a life and career strategy as a result of this module.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore potential career paths
  • Develop your civilian resume
  • Sell yourself with an elevator pitch
  • Reflect upon your life and career strategy