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Accelerate Financial Management Program

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Accelerate Financial Management Program

April 24 @ 4:30 pm - May 22 @ 6:30 pm

5-session series is aimed at people who own or are close to launching a small business and want to learn more about financial management

Are you ready to take control of your business’s finances? We’re thrilled to announce our Accelerate Financial Management Program, a comprehensive course designed to equip women entrepreneurs like you with the tools and knowledge needed to master financial management.

Sponsored by Cooperative Federal Credit Union, and led by industry expert Chris Belna, Owner of A La Carte Business Services and Arete HCM Solutions Inc, this program covers everything from budgeting and bookkeeping to financial statements, forecasting, and building credit.

Key Information

  • Dates: April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22
  • Sessions: Five total sessions. One session per week, for 5 weeks
  • Session length: Each session is two hours long
  • Duration: Five Weeks
  • Format: Four Interactive hybrid sessions (Available in person and on Zoom), and one in-person session with Cooperative Federal Credit Union
  • Location for in-person: WISE Women’s Business Center, 100 Madison St, Equitable Towers (formerly the AXA Towers) Lobby, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • Cost: $25 price is kept low due to a generous donation from Cooperative Federal Credit Union

Who is this program for?

This program is ideal for women who have an established business, or are getting ready to launch their business.

It may not be as beneficial to people whose business is in the ideation stage [The ideation stage marks the initial phase of starting a business. Here, entrepreneurs come up with a business idea and begin outlining what the business could look like before taking any additional formal steps to launch the business].

What to Expect

  • Budgeting Basics: Gain practical insights into creating and managing budgets effectively, helping you allocate resources efficiently and drive business growth.
  • Essential Bookkeeping Skills: Learn the fundamentals of bookkeeping to maintain accurate financial records and make informed business decisions with confidence.
  • Understanding Financial Statements: Dive deep into financial statements to analyze your business’s performance, identify areas for improvement, and make strategic decisions.
  • Mastering Financial Forecasting: Explore techniques for predicting future financial trends and outcomes, empowering you to plan ahead and mitigate risks effectively.
  • Building and Managing Credit (special last session run by Cooperative Federal): Discover strategies to establish and build credit for your business, unlocking access to funding opportunities and facilitating long-term financial stability.

1:1 financial coaching is also available through this program with our expert instructor, Chris Belna.

Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, this program is designed to meet you where you are on your financial management journey.

Spots are very limited so register early!

Meet our instructor, Chris Belna

With over 30 years of combined accounting and management knowledge, Chris Belna is the visionary founder behind A La Carte Business Services and Arete HCM Solutions Inc. in Syracuse, NY.

A La Carte Business Services, Chris and her adept team bring varied talents, skills, and hard work to improve financial operations, making clients the highest priority and exceeding expectations for sustained growth – no matter what the goal!

Simultaneously, while Inspired by the Greek word arête, meaning excellence in all things, Arete HCM Solutions was built on a foundation of excellent service, outstanding value, and customized solutions in the Human Capital Management and Payroll industry.

Chris believes that accounting is not all about taxes. In fact, it is actually more about knowing what your business needs to plan better, operate better, and grow stronger! Those results are born from well-designed management strategies and accounting systems, efficient processes, and accurate financials.

Outside of her businesses she enjoys time with her family and her pups, and is an avid researcher of all things related to living a better life!

The Accelerate Financial Management Program is sponsored by Cooperative Federal Credit Union.

After registering, you will receive an email from Eventbrite with a link to access the Zoom sessions for the course. Please save this email and be sure to check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it in your email inbox.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Carolyn Tucker at wisecenter@syr.edu to make arrangements.


April 24 @ 4:30 pm
May 22 @ 6:30 pm


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