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MG401 Finance

Certificate Track: Business Management

Regardless of industry affiliation, students in this two-day course learn to help their organizations improve results, discuss issues more effectively, and make better decisions through financial principles, methods, and analysis. By the end, students should be better at identifying problems and justifying proposals. Through discussion, case studies, and hands-on practice, this course covers core issues faced by professionals—executives, managers, and those aspiring to move up in their organizations.


What You Cover:

  • Understand the crucial concepts in accounting and finance
  • Reading and interpreting financial documents
  • Forecasting & planning for the future
  • Using Excel for financial planning & analysis
  • Creating budgets and other financial reports that matter
  • Determining the best lease-vs-buy situation
  • Planning capital expenditure for the best improvements and expansions
  • Using tools to measure and manage financial performance
  • How to discuss and report financial information in professional terms – and still understand it

Technical Requirements:

  • A calculator will be essential. Functions needed: Add, subtract, multiply, divide & exponents
  • A laptop computer with Microsoft Excel

Cost: $549
Discounts may apply, please refer to the registration page for details.

Instructor: Michael Dimond
After spending more than twenty-five years managing results for companies ranging from Fortune 500s to entrepreneurial startups, Michael Dimond now teaches finance at Portland State University. He has significant experience connecting practical decisions in areas of strategy, operations, and marketing to create financial results and has worked in diverse industries, including manufacturing and banking. He leverages his real-world experience to teach a variety of topics including international finance, asset valuation, and case studies in finance to graduates, undergraduates, and working professionals.



Interested in bringing this program to your organization? Contact Michelle Giovannozzi.