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Surviving and Managing Growth in a Post-Pandemic Economy
For decades, the Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) program has been supplementing entrepreneurial vision with entrepreneurial competence. Due to these unprecedented times, the MDE program has been transformed from a 10-day on-campus program to the new MDE Online Academy.

The MDE Online Academy is a 30-hour virtual program with live online classroom sessions. Offered over eight sessions on Fridays and Saturdays in the fall, the program will provide business owners and executives with a road map and the tools to make the necessary pivots to survive and grow in a pandemic economy.

2021 Program Dates
Orientation: September 17
Session 1: September 24–25
Session 2: October 1–2
Session 3: October 8-9
Session 4: October 15–16
Session 5: October 22–23
Session 6: October 29–30
Session 7: November 5–6
Session 8: November 12–13

One year after attending the UCLA Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program, my role has gone from senior engineer being groomed for operations management to CEO of a women-owned and operated business with my fingers on the pulse of the entire operation. The confidence I gained through attending the Anderson MDE program and the skills I acquired through the business improvement plan process better prepared me to become the CEO of our company.

Christine Baginski
CEO of ASWB Engineering

Program Details
MDE is designed for entrepreneurs and/or executives in existing businesses looking for entrepreneurial focused MBA concepts that will enhance their company’s management, revenues, profits and market impact. Most entrepreneurs have been in business a minimum of 3–5 years with approximately $500,000 in revenue, and their companies are positioned for growth.
Bank and Credit Analysis

Banks as Credit Facilities
Non-Bank Sources of Credit
Small Business Administration


Total Quality Management
Process Analysis
Supply Chain Management

Organization and Strategy

Developing a Marketing Niche
Organizational Design and Change
Competitive Strengths and Weaknesses
Goal and Objective Setting


Dealing with Organizational
Growing Pains
Making the Transition to a Managerial Role
Causes of Managerial Success and Failure


Developing a Marketing Plan
Customer and Competitive Analysis
Market Segmentation


Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Forecasting
Importance of Cash Flow

The MDE Online Academy is an intensive learning experience incorporating over 30 hours of lectures, case discussions and workshops. Before lectures, entrepreneurs complete select readings and homework assignments that improve the depth and quality of class discussions. The MDE Online Academy program manager gives participants the support needed to balance MDE activities with the demands of their businesses by providing them with lecture readings and materials, offering technical support and communicating program reminders and updates.

Chosen from UCLA Anderson’s award-winning faculty, MDE instructors are distinguished for their contributions to entrepreneurial education and small business consulting. They have proven success in teaching entrepreneurs the techniques to build and manage effective and profitable organizations.

Corporate sponsors underwrite the program costs so that we can offer a discounted tuition of $3,500. Tuition includes orientation, more than 30 hours of classroom instruction, MBA consultation, leadership evaluation, books and materials, meals, parking and the graduation ceremony and banquet.

MDE sponsors provide the program with generous financial support, individual scholarships and participant referrals. Their long-term commitment to MDE has enabled UCLA Anderson to build equity and diversity within the business community. With the firm belief that professional entrepreneurial training is the key to furthering the development of under-utilized small businesses, MDE seeks to train professionals in growing enterprises to induce productivity and profitability in the marketplace. Our sponsors support MDE because they recognize that entrepreneurs, particularly within many of their own supplier companies, lack formal exposure to the tools, methods, strategies and approaches needed to develop and scale their organizations. During the MDE program, participants have the opportunity to build and strengthen connections with our sponsor representatives and also develop ties to various regional trade associations and diversity-focused organizations.
Contact Us

Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Suite C-305
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481

Phone: (310) 206-4169