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Building Blocks of Business Management

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 1 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor

MN Business Management Credit |  MN Contractor Credit |  WI Contractor Credit
Shawn Nelson
1 hour
Audio and Video
Access for 180 day(s) after purchase.


Learn the basics of business management to improve your results, improve your management skills, financial literacy, and learn lessons from real world examples.

Course Outline
  • Introduction and Basic Concepts 
  • Planning – Business Plan Elements 
  • Purpose – Form and Systems 
  • People – Human Resource Management 
  • Performance – Execution of Plan 
  • Progress – Measure and Correct

Learner Objectives
  • Define a business
  • Describe the four parts to the business management cycle
  • Identify the five Ps of every business
  • Describe the three core functional areas of every business
  • Apply at least one concept from each of the five Ps and three functional areas to the management of their business
  • Identify basic financial statements and their components
  • Calculate margin, mark-up, selling price, and break-even


"This course teaches you about things you may not know otherwise. Important things that could have an impact on your business! I learned a lot!" Nicole Flattum, Built Strong Exteriors, LLC

"Shawn applies his years of success in an easy going and substantive presentation filled with a thousand great points." Michael Anshel, OA Design + Build

"The instructor was very informative. I would 100% recommend this course." Adam Bidler, Clear Cut Xteriors LLC

"The course was a good refresher with some very important points on how to remain successful and good ways to grow." Jeannine Burnett, Access Design + Build, LLC

"This business management course was a great overview of all the important parts of setting up and running a successful business. It has given me a lot to think about and focus on with my own company." Scott Stankey, Resonate Homes

"The course was well presented and easy to follow. The instructor was easy to listen to." Daniel Miller, Miller Construction of Crosslake, Inc.

"Very Knowledgeable, I'm glad I took this course from Shawn, I've been in business for over a decade but he had some very great points."

"Excellent course with a lot of information."  Jimmy Brown, Platinum22    

"This course has all the ingredients to make a successful and profitable business model!" Robert Gaydos, Solar Midwest, Inc./Solatube

Quiz Info

In order to receive continuing education credit(s), you will need to take a 10-question quiz following the course. To pass the quiz, you will need to achieve a score of 70% or higher. If you are unsuccessful, you will have an opportunity to repeat the quiz. Once you have successfully completed the quiz, you can download your continuing education certificate(s) showing the credit(s) that you have earned.

Credit Info

This course has been approved for one hour of MN residential contractor and remodeler credit by the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry and is approved for the required business management credit. This course is also approved for one hour of WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier CE by the Wisconsin Dept. of Safety & Professional Services.

If you are eligible to receive continuing education credits, your information will be electronically reported to the appropriate agency within 3 business days of course completion.

Access Info

Your online course is accessible 24/7. The course will be available to you for 180 days from purchase date.

Questions and Comments Questions and comments related to the curriculum for this course may be submitted to the instructor at



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New Spaces

Shawn is president of New Spaces, a residential design/build remodeler company. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and previously served as president of Housing First Minnesota. Shawn grew up working every kind of job at New Spaces with a first-hand look at remodeling and the difference it could make in a family’s life. He earned a B.A. from Valparaiso University in business and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas – School of Business. His favorite tool is his computer.