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SMART START: Business Essentials Certificate Program

Engaging Learning Style

Learn from peers in class, and then apply your new knowledge by creating your own business plan.

Designed for Entrepreneurs

Learn about starting a business in a way that is practical and immediately useable.

Develop YOUR Winning Strategy

Discover what tools, strategies, and platforms will address your specific business needs.

FORMAT

Online

DURATION

10 Weeks

TIME

1 class-3 hrs/ Week

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    Program Overview

    This certificate program gives new and hopeful business owners the tools they need to successfully and efficiently launch and build their new business. Participants will develop the knowledge and resources needed to quickly transition their business from the seed stage, through the start-up stage and into the growth stage as quickly as possible while reducing the cost of making mistakes. 
    Participants will learn about business fundamentals; choose a business structure; build a business plan; learn how to successfully apply for funding; build strong revenue generation skills; setup, understand, and manage their business financials; learn how to hire, manage, and motivate quality employees; and more.
    As a culmination of the course, participants will complete a capstone project which will result in an executable business and marketing plan tailored to their business.

Funding Opportunities are Available!

Did you know that there are a variety of government grants available to help eligible employers with financial support to train employees? 
Our goal is to help businesses and non-profit organizations find funding to support training new or existing employees to fill gaps in your business. You can visit our Funding & Grants page to see more and we have Customer Experience Specialists available to help you through the application process.