A small business owner or entrepreneur is responsible for the growth, overall direction, and everyday operation of a business. Successful entrepreneurs use business knowledge and skills to create a business and effectively overcome challenges that face their establishment. Entrepreneurs assume the risk and accountability associated with establishing and growing a new business. Specific activities vary according to the business’ size and industry and may include: reviewing sales reports, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports; hiring, training, and managing staff; understanding federal, state, and local laws; marketing; and directing activities for sales or production staff.
In this course series, students will develop a foundation of valuable skills necessary to take their business to the next level, or expand the income potential for their gig work or hobby. This program features courses for an owner of an existing business: the entrepreneurial mindset, recognizing opportunity and taking action, market research, basic accounting principles, functions of business plans, business insurance basics, employment law basics, and more.
Students entering this program should have good planning and organizational skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; good problem solving skills; and be self-directed.
Students will be better prepared to grow or expand their business entity or manage a small business. Careers in this field are available in a broad range of privately held companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. discuss the attributes of the entrepreneurial mindset and how they are applied to a venture,
2. describe best practices for growing a venture,
3. develop confidence to set and meet personal and professional goals, and
4. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through continuing education.
Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs. Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study. You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.
CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
Financial Aid and Payment Options
We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.
Length of Training
3-5 months. Courses offered at various CCBC locations or remotely via Zoom.
High School Diploma or GED
This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public School Blueprint funding.
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.
Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining waiver(s) for prior learning.
Program Course Sequence
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Skills for Success:
Good planning and organizational skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; and good problem solving skills.
Students will be better prepared to grow their business entity. Careers in this field are available in a broad range of privately held companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more. View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at https://youtu.be/C7KpznbPYfA. Explore career and training opportunities at https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.
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