At every stage of the small business lifecycle, leaders must make critical financial decisions that can have a significant positive or negative impact. Whether you're self-funding a new business, managing your business for growth, or choosing an exit strategy, this program will empower you to implement the most effective financial strategies for your business.

What You Can Expect

By examining the various ways that owners of small businesses finance growth and operate under capital-constrained conditions, you'll be better prepared to choose the best strategy for your private company. Specifically, you'll learn how to optimize the financial infrastructure of your small business, overcome obstacles to growth, and master capital budgeting.

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By examining the various ways that owners of small businesses finance growth and operate under capital-constrained conditions, you'll be better prepared to choose the best strategy for your private company. Specifically, you'll learn how to optimize the financial infrastructure of your small business, overcome obstacles to growth, and master capital budgeting.

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Your Course of Study

Through lectures and case studies, you'll explore topics with immediate application to your business—such as balancing liquidity and profitability; accessing funding sources; refining business models; managing growth and expansion; and valuing, buying, and selling your business.

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Through lectures and case studies, you'll explore topics with immediate application to your business—such as balancing liquidity and profitability; accessing funding sources; refining business models; managing growth and expansion; and valuing, buying, and selling your business.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This program is ideal for business owners and other financial decision makers in smaller private companies with annual sales volumes of up to $15 million—typically those not funded by venture capital or public markets. It is also appropriate for investors focusing on smaller firms as well as business owners and chief executive officers exploring options for selling their companies.

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This program is ideal for business owners and other financial decision makers in smaller private companies with annual sales volumes of up to $15 million—typically those not funded by venture capital or public markets. It is also appropriate for investors focusing on smaller firms as well as business owners and chief executive officers exploring options for selling their companies.

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Faculty

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Faculty Chair
Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance. Member of the Finance Unit; faculty chair "Leading Your Small Business Through Its Lifecycle." Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Richard S. Ruback

Faculty Chair
Willard Prescott Smith Professor of Corporate Finance. Member of the Finance Unit; faculty chair "Leading Your Small Business Through Its Lifecycle."

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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