Pa.— July 23, 2010 -- If you ever
dreamed of operating your own business but lacked the experience, skills or
education to get started, Montgomery County Community College’s new Center for
Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) is your solution. The CES has all the
informational resources--workshops, counseling, seminars and mentoring--in one
location at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell.
central feature of the CES is the business incubator. This supportive
professional environment provides a strong foundation for a business, which
often means the difference between success and failure.
community is invited to attend the grand opening of the CES and business
incubator on Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. in the College’s Parkhouse Hall, 340
DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. To RSVP for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
business incubator consists of 10 state-of-the-art offices available for
leasing at a nominal monthly fee of approximately $250. The reasonable rent
allows entrepreneurs to use their funds to grow their businesses, instead of
spending the bulk of it on expenses.
addition to the comfortable offices with locking doors, phone and Internet
access, entrepreneurs will have the shared use of a conference room and office
equipment, such as a copier, printer and scanner.
greatest advantage of the incubator, however, is the array of onsite support
services, provided by the mentors of the CES Advisory Committee and the
College’s faculty, as well as members of the non-profit business counseling
agency, SCORE, and the Small Business Administration.
full-time tenant will be assigned a mentor,” said Dr. Amit B. Singh, Dean of
the Business and Computer Science. "There are plenty of opportunities for small
businesses in Montgomery County, and we are looking for a variety of
businesses—technology, non-profit, pharmaceutical, etc.—for the incubator.”
31 percent of start-up businesses survive after seven years, the percentage
increases to 87 percent for those start-ups that go through an incubation
process, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, an independent
agency of the federal government that was established in 1953 to assist and
protect the interests of small businesses.
the National Business Incubation Association reports, "Business incubation is a
business support process that accelerates the successful development of
start-up and fledgling companies by providing entrepreneurs with an array of
targeted resources and services.”
educate and train new entrepreneurs, the College recently launched the
Entrepreneurial Certificate Program starting the summer 2010 semester.
certificate program consists of four three-credit courses especially designed
to address all facets of starting and operating a viable business.The courses—Entrepreneurial Essentials,
Entrepreneurial Marketing, Entrepreneurial Accounting and Entrepreneurial
Business Plan—will be offered each semester in accelerated seven-week terms.
students will meet with the program coordinator to discuss their skills and
appropriate placement. Although the Entrepreneurial Certificate Program can be
completed in one semester, it is recommended that students with little or no
business background complete the certificate during two semesters.
addition to the new certificate program, the College also offers an array of
non-credit entrepreneurial courses in conjunction with the Workforce
Development and Continuing Education division to address each stage of business
include Marketing Your Own Business, Business Development Strategies,
Introduction to Green Entrepreneurship, Launch Your Small Business Using Online
Technology Tools, QuickBooks, How to Open an Internet Store, Business Writing
Essentials and Creating Your Own Website.
the College offers a Woman-Owned Business Certificate Program and related
courses specifically designed for women entrepreneurs to learn and develop the
skills they need to succeed.
combination of academic certification, business targeted courses, mentoring,
workshops and business incubation is unique in Montgomery County, Dr. Singh
College’s mission for the Center is to provide valuable and practical
educational opportunities for entrepreneurs. The CES will play an active role
in the economic development for the greater community by creating job
opportunities, leadership, innovation, inspiration and enrichment.
County has the essential ingredients for the successful launch and subsequent
growth of new businesses because of its relatively strong economy, skilled
workforce, developed infrastructure, median cost of doing business, average
living costs and a high concentration of quality higher learning institutions.
information, contact the CES Director via email at CES@MC3.eduor phone at 215-461-1140 to discuss
your business and to determine if you are an eligible candidate. To be
considered for incubator occupancy, prospective tenants must provide a business
plan, along with other documentation including financial information.