Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) was recently the subject of an extensive feature story in the May 18, 2012 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal.

The story, entitled “Rapid Learning for the time challenged” was written by Journal reporter Peter van Allen. It gave a short history of the suburban Philadelphia company and its evolution from a print newsletter publisher into an online training company. The article depicted RLI as an example of how the Internet destroyed a traditional market but at the same time created a new one that has tremendous potential.

The feature also went into detail about the development of RLI’s signature product, the Quick Take Rapid Learning Module: a six- to ten-minute online learning program that deals with a single subject in categories including sales, leadership, HR, compliance and management, education, and safety.

To read the entire story, please click on this link: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/print-edition/2012/05/18/rapid-learning-for-the-time-challenged.html?page=all

RLI Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Meyer and Chief Operating Officer Glenn Eckard were interviewed for the article.

“It was really a thrill for us to be featured in the Journal,” said Meyer, who is in charge of the company’s editorial and creative functions. “I’m very proud of the way our team adapted to the marketplace, creating an exciting new business model from the rubble of our traditional publishing operation. It was very difficult to pull that off, and we appreciate that the Journal let us tell our story.”

“As a young company, this is quite a coup for us,” said Eckard. “We hope that the story will be an inspiration for other start-ups. We were faced with a tough economy and a horrendous business climate when we began this business; and if other entrepreneurs see that we did it, maybe they’ll begin to believe that they can do it, too.”

Rapid Learning Institute (RLI) provides online training and talent development tools for businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions in the areas of sales, human resources, management, leadership and safety. RLI’s approach is founded on the idea that talent development can only be effective if managers make it a priority and follow up to ensure that learning sticks. The company’s signature five to 10 minute modules, called Quick Takes, help managers build their core competency as talent developers by giving them the tools they need to replicate in others the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors that drive performance.

Based in Greater Philadelphia, RLI is an operating division of Business 21 Publishing, LLC

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