(641) 451-1793 David Goodman, Grant Administrator/ Project Manager

Education seminars / workshops in Fairifeld and Jefferson County

About Us

Our Experience

Maharishi University of Management (MUM)  College of Business has garnered a USDA Rural Business Development grant to offer free seminars and workshops for anyone in Jefferson County.  We are here to help you fulfill your dreams. 

Our Approach

We offer free seminars as lunch and learn meetings as well as four-part workshops that give you valuable insights into being a successful business person through the accumulated insight of our outstanding faculty. 

Why Us?

Business mentors are key—that’s why we offer one-on-one coaching either through our faculty or through our connection with business leaders in town and our affiliation with SCORE,  an organization of successful executives nationwide. 

BizTraining for Jefferson County Iowa

Ellen Finkelstein

The MUM College of Business has a USDA Grant that provides free workshops, seminars and mentoring.

All events are free to the public and nominally charged to firms with over 1 million in Annual Sales and over 50 employees. Education seminars and workshops in Fairfield and Jefferson County Iowa,

Coming Events

Lunch and Learns — One hour seminars 


Tihomir  (Ti)Liptak

Monday August 20th at noon at the Fairfield Public Library 

Topic: The fundamentals of excelling in the digital economy

Description: With a myriad of strategic options in an ever-changing world of technology, both startups and established businesses are seeking a path forward. Ti Liptak from Big Tree Marketing will help you identify the best way to digitally acquire new prospects, convert them, and measure what is effective for your business.

Bio: Ti Liptak is the co-founder of Big Tree Marketing, a digital transformation agency. Big Tree's team of 15 helps clients globally prioritize and implement digital marketing, website optimization, and analytics solutions. As a side project, Ti owns Boom Fitness, a thriving fitness community founded 2011 in Fairfield.

Four Part Workshops — Each One hour long


 Ellen Finkelstein

Wednesday August 8,  1 PM

Wednesday August 15 1 PM

Wednesday August 22, 1 PM

THURSDAY August 30, 1 PM

Presenting Well with PowerPoint


Ellen is a PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional, a Microsoft award), one of only 14 in the United States Her well-known website at www.ellenfinkelstein.com offers many PowerPoint tips and the PowerPoint Tips Newsletter. She specializes in training speakers and presenters to convert Death by PowerPoint to Life by PowerPoint; communicate clearly and powerfully; and design high-impact, persuasive and professional-looking slides.

She is an Amazon bestselling author. Some of her books are PowerPoint for Teachers: Dynamic Presentations and Interactive Classroom Projects, How to Do Everything with PowerPoint, and Slide Design for Non-Designers.

Courses include High-Persuasion PowerPoint Presentation Program and Create an Outstanding Presentation Self-Study Course. You can find those as well as other courses and books in her e-store.

Ellen Finkelstein has done training for Citrix, Brainshark, Disney, Microsoft, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Maharishi University of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of Illinois, several law firms, Vastu Homes, and others. She does on-site training, 1-on-1 virtual coaching/training, and webinars. Her specialty is helping speakers create clear, powerful, and persuasive presentations. Learn about her training programs here

Here are the topics:

Session 1: Avoiding Death by PowerPoint 

In this session, you'll learn by reading bullet points from slides hinders understand and makes your audience hate you. You'll learn a simple technique for transforming boring slides into clear, striking, professional, and powerful presentations.

Session 2: 10 Shortcuts to Save You Time

Learn ways to create professional slides in less time! You'll learn both interface and design shortcuts

Session 3: Working with Images and Graphs

Format images professionally (and where to find legal, free ones) and creating clears graphs that your audience actually understands.

Session 4: Using Animation and Creating Videos with PowerPoint

Learn the basics of animation and how to use it to help your audience understand your points. You’ll also get the steps to create videos with PowerPoint for marketing and teaching that you can put on your website, on YouTube, and social media.



This is the exciting first session of the four part series on Storytelling in Advertising with Jeffrey Hedquist. Enjoy!



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