Innovation & Creativity for Small Businesses (Registration Deadline)


Friday, April 1, 2022, 9:00am to 7:00pm


Online (Zoom)

Business owners who flex their creativity and innovate regularly are more successful than those who don't. Learn how to unleash your curiosity, overcome barriers to innovation, take smart risks, and collaborate with others so your organization can continuously improve.

The Harvard Ed Portal is pleased to offer Allston-Brighton and Cambridge residents, business owners, and entrepreneurs this valuable 4-part virtual workshop that meets once a week. You will learn how to:

  • Unlock your curiosity at work

  • Develop innovative ideas

  • Take business-appropriate risks

  • Innovate through collaboration

Virtual Meeting Dates: April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 5:30pm–6:45pm*
*Registrants are required to attend all four sessions.

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022

This course combines flexible online learning using ManageMentor from Harvard Business Publishing, the publishers of the renowned Harvard Business Review, and virtual workshops with Areen Shahbari, faculty member at Harvard University Extension School and Harvard Professional Development Programs. Your remote workshops with Areen will provide opportunities to discuss the concepts of the online course as well as ask specific questions you have about your business.

You'll also receive additional resources, including articles from the Harvard Business Review; worksheets; podcasts; and videos. Plus, Allston-Brighton and Cambridge residents and small businesses are eligible for one-on-one business coaching with Areen and a 4-month scholarship to LinkedIn Learning.

Participants must complete the necessary ManageMentor coursework prior to each class to be admitted. The weekly time commitment is approximately 60-90 minutes. If a participant misses more than one class, they will be dropped from the program. You will be asked to acknowledge a Letter of Understanding.

* Space is limited to 25 participants. Women, Minority, and Veteran Owned Businesses are encouraged to register. This program is for Harvard Ed Portal members; Allston-Brighton and Cambridge residents and business owners; and Gardner Pilot Academy parents/guardians.