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NLU How to Become a Business Manager

How to Become a Business Manager

Steps for Launching a Successful Business Management Career

Many people dream of a career in business management, and for good reason. Few careers are as dynamic and rewarding as leading a business toward fulfilling its goals. In order to be a successful business manager, you need a strong foundation in fundamental business principles, plus a thorough understanding of today's leadership, management, marketing and organizational strategies. Keep reading to learn about the steps required to become a business manager.

Business Management Education Requirements

The first step in becoming a business manager is getting your degree. Some businesses may hire business managers based solely on their experience, but most companies are looking for a candidate with a formal education and a strong business foundation.1 A business management bachelor's degree, like the one offered at National Louis University, will prepare you with the skills and knowledge today's employers are looking for in a business manager.

Business Management Careers

In general, a business manager is responsible for overseeing and directing a business' day-to-day operations, making sure everything is working together to fulfill the company's business goals. The specific duties a business manager fulfills depend on the business and the business manager's area of specialization. Depending on the size of the company, the business manager may report to executives or directly to the business owner. 

Other types of business management careers include: 

  • Project Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Advertising Manager
  • Insurance Sales
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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