Executive Education to help 10 more small companies, nonprofits, or entrepreneurs improve knowledge, business skills.

Carlson Executive Education is once again awarding 10 scholarships, valued at up to $3,500 each, to Minnesota-based small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and entrepreneurs who best articulate how their organization could overcome challenges or capitalize on opportunities by acquiring new knowledge and skills. The scholarships can be used to explore a variety of topics taught at the Carlson School including finance, marketing, operations, strategy, leadership, and personal performance improvement.

"Last year's inaugural scholarship program was a great success," says Mark Kizilos, assistant dean of Carlson Executive Education. "The scholarships enabled Minnesota businesses such as the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Netgain Technology, and the Jungle Theatre to name a few, to gain additional insights that will help them thrive. We hope ten more organizations can benefit from our experts this year."

Scholarship winners will be able to attend one of Carlson Executive Education's open enrollment programs, which typically consist of two-to- three-days of instruction.

The scholarship is available for small companies or nonprofits that have fewer than 100 employees, as well as individual entrepreneurs.

The deadline to apply online is December 9, 2011.

Recipients of the inaugural scholarship program included Atomic Learning, Belgrade Coop Association, Clinical Supplies Management, CLUES, CoreSpine Technologies, Engineered Products, Jungle Theater, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Netgain Technology, and PlastiComp.

About Carlson Executive Education and the Carlson School of Management
For more than 40 years, Carlson Executive Education has helped area companies develop talent and solve real business problems by providing high-impact learning experiences. More than 250 Minnesota businesses turn to Carlson Executive Education each year to acquire the knowledge or skills their businesses need to succeed. Carlson Executive Education is part of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, which was established in 1919. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Carlson School of Management is a recognized leader in business education and research. Its focus on experiential learning, international education and maintaining strong ties to the business community exemplify the school's commitment to excellence. More information can be found at carlsonschool.umn.edu/execed.