Business & Entrepreneurship Program for Students & Alumni

These theory and tactics-based seminars will introduce you to various business functions within a successful organization and how you can incorporate best practices into your career, whether as a high value employee or as a business owner. You will come away with tactics you will be able to put into practice immediately in your job. Attendance at these seminars can and should be added to your resume.

Additional seminars may be added. Register today as space is limited

Business Management

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brooks Building, 2nd floor classroom
Fee - complimentary
Instructor: Tara Regan and Tim Shields, Hinckley Yacht Services

Tara Regan is the first woman to be hired as a General Manager for The Hinckley Company. She has been the manager at the Southwest and Northeast Harbor Hinckley yards in Maine and is now based at the flagship yard in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Prior to working at The Hinckley Company, she gained experience as the marina manager at the largest full-service boat yard on Cape Cod.  She also holds a 100 ton Captain's license and is very active within the marine industry and various marine trades associations.

Tim is the Vice President of Service at Hinckley Yacht Services.  Hinckley operates 10 full service boat yards up and down the East Coast.  Hinckley’s service team not only works on their own brands (Hinckley, Hunt and Morris) but they also service any make or model of yacht.  Before being responsible for the division, Tim was the General Manager of Hinckley Portsmouth, their largest yard and the 2018 recipient of “Boatyard of the Year “award from ABBRA.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for ABBRA.  Tim also held the position of Director of Customer Service and was responsible for training and delivery of new yachts.  Tim has a prior background as a Director of Marketing, having spent 15 years in the apparel business working for Bill Blass, Arnold Palmer and Patagonia.

Topics covered include:

  • Overall business structure and history
  • Boat Yard Etiquette
  • Communication and documentation
  • Core Processes—life cycle
  • Efficiency and profitability drivers
  • Time management


Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Brooks Building, 2nd floor classroom
Fee $20
Instructor, Monika Miller | Director of Finance and Administration at IYRS School of Technology & Trades

The class provides an introduction to basic business accounting and finance. General concepts to be discussed are cash basis versus accrual based financial reporting, revenue recognition, budgeting and financial and tax reporting. Additionally, we will review how to read financial statements such as a balance sheet and a profit and loss statement.


Marketing Fundamentals...Create, Communicate & Deliver Your Message  
Thursday, April 9, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brooks Building, 2nd floor classroom
Fee $20
Instructor: Kim Norton-O'Brien | Director of Development & Marketing at IYRS School of Technology & Trades
Kim has worked in business development and marketing since 2002. She spent ten years as VP, Business Development at AccuData Integrated Marketing, creating data-driven direct marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 clients including Comcast, Hughes Network Systems, and LendingTree.

This seminar will help students understand the function of marketing within an organization and how to use different marketing channels to drive sales and brand awareness. We will cover the basics of various marketing channels and how and when to use them, as well as resources and service providers commonly used. Marketing channels covered will include: 

  • Web
  • Direct marketing (print)
  • Email marketing
  • Social media
  • Events



Leadership and Personnel Management
Thursday, May 7, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Brooks Building, 2nd floor classroom
Presenter: Safe Harbor Marinas

Safe Harbor Marinas is the world’s largest family of marinas.  In the last few years, SHM has acquired 90+ properties all over the United States and works together with our 1,500+ employees to cultivate an exceptional member experience.  The leadership team at SHM works diligently to balance aggressive growth while maintaining positive culture and happy team members all while welcoming new marinas into our family on a regular basis.
This session will explore how SHM thinks about leadership and personnel management on a nationwide scale.  We will discuss best practices and will also explore a case study to illustrate how these concepts are put into action by our team members.   Speakers will include:
·       Tim Moll, Regional Vice President
·       Holly Ashton, Director of Workforce Development
·       John O’Connor, General Manager
Learn how to be an effective and inspiring leader by examining the following questions:
·       What is the difference between a leader and a manager?
·       What is a growth mindset?
·       How do you create a collaborative and cohesive team?
·       How do you get “buy in” from others?
·       How do you create a positive culture?
·       How do you inspire your employees?


Starting and Owning Your Own Business
Thursday, May 21, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Brooks Building, 2nd floor classroom
Presenter: Carter Richardson '04, owner of East Passage Boatwrights

Carter was a founding partner of East Passage Boatwrights in 2006.  Since opening the shop, EPB has been involved in multiple award-winning restorations and this summer will be launching their first production style new build, the East Passage 24.  Carter is also the host of the podcast Around the Buoy.
This class will offer a realistic view of what it is like to start and run your own small business.  From developing and implementing a business plan, hiring employees and expanding, Carter will share insights and experiences from 13 years of owning and operating East Passage Boatwrights.  Topics for the evening will include:

  • Identifying local resources
  • Developing and implementing a business plan
  • Legal, insurance and accounting concerns
  • Employees
  • Short term and long-term planning
  • Selling you and your business