In the midst of the recession, Time Magazine identified entrepreneurship as one of the top ten jobs. Read the full article. Now the private sector is creating some new funding sources for small business development, like Starbuck Foundation's alliance with the Opportunity Finance Network. Read more. Take advantage of these opportunities – learn the basic skills needed to implement the business idea that intrigues you through NSCC’s Entrepreneurship Certificate Program, the only for-credit program of its kind in Seattle community colleges.
This winter you can take BUS151, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, the first of three courses that make up the core of the certificate. BUS151 focuses on successful business strategies. You’ll identify the service or product for which you have a passion and look at the nuts and bolts of a successful start-up. The class will help you explore the skills you need and the resources available to support your venture.
The class will guide you through a feasibility analysis: what’s the vision for your business? The mission? What’s a business plan? What about pricing and marketing? You’ll describe your product and field-test it – for real, talking to potential customers and getting a feel for whether your idea will fly. Then back in class you’ll further develop the idea and test it a second time in the marketplace, this time with a prototype or elaborated service description.
In subsequent classes, offered in spring and summer during the 2012 academic year, you will study product/service selection pricing and marketing in detail (in BUS152) and planning business financials (BUS153). By the end of the third class you will have completed a business plan and be ready to seek financing and start your business.
The certificate also includes courses in accounting, project management, the choice of e-business or software applications, as well as courses on sustainable business and interpersonal communications.