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Mark your calendars to attend NAWDP’s Business Services Academy on August 12–14, 2024, in Hanover, MD. This academy is designed to equip you with the tools, knowledge, and expertise you need to excel in the ever-evolving landscape of business services.

Here’s why you should attend:

  • Comprehensive Training: Our academy offers intensive and thorough training on essential core competencies, including Linkages and Promotion of the Workforce SystemBusiness Engagement and InteractionEngagement in Economic Development, and Talent Pipeline Development. You’ll gain valuable insights and skills that are crucial for success in the field. Click here to view the competency descriptions.
  • Expert Guidance: Learn from seasoned professionals and industry experts who will share their knowledge and experiences. Benefit from their insights, best practices, and real-world examples that you can apply directly to your work.
  • Career Advancement: By attending the academy, those who have attained the Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) credential, or those who will attain the CWDP within one year after the conclusion of the academy, will be eligible for a coveted Business Services endorsement to the CWDP. This endorsement can open doors to new career opportunities and demonstrate your expertise in business services.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with like-minded professionals, expand your professional network, and foster valuable relationships that can support your career growth. Share ideas, collaborate on projects, and stay updated on the latest trends and developments in the industry.

Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your skills, advance your career, and make a meaningful impact in the world of workforce development. Registration opens on May 1! We look forward to seeing you there!



Click here to view a tentative schedule at a glance.

Request for Workshop Proposals
NAWDP is requesting session workshop proposals now through 11:59 p.m. April 21, 2024.Sessions should align with the Business Services Competencies listed above. In addition, the Business Services Academy will have two tracks, one for beginners and one for advanced level Business Services Representatives, and proposals should identify which audience the proposed session is targeting. Submit your proposal


Registration for this event will open on May 1, 2024.


LIVE! Casino & Hotel, 7002 Arundel Mills Circle, Suite 7777, Hanover, MD 21076

NAWDP has reserved a block of rooms at the LIVE! Casino & Hotel for a discounted price of $149/night. Please note, the hotel room block can sell out quickly so you are encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible. Reservations must be made by July 11, 2024.

Book Your Room: Click here to book your room through the online hotel reservation link.



After the day’s sessions, there is plenty to experience in the LIVE! Casino & Hotel or nearby. Next door is the Arundel Mills Mall, featuring more than 200 stores and entertainment options like Medieval Times. Also nearby is Autobahn go-cart track, Patapsco State Park and the Maryland Cruise Terminal.

Also nearby are Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Washington, D.C. is a 45 minute drive, or take a MARC Rail train to D.C.’s Union Station. From there, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and all the Smithsonian Museums are a short trek.

Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor is a quick 20+ minute drive from Live! There you can enjoy the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, Federal Hill Park, dozens of restaurants and so much more!


The attire for the Academy is business casual.


NAWDP is accepting sponsors for the 2024 Business Services Academy. Please review the sponsor prospectus here and contact us to become sponsor.


For general questions about the Business Services Academy, Contact Us.


Questions or comments?
Contact Georgia Conrad at: [email protected]