Helping Students Jumpstart Their Business

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Mott_entrepreneurshipThe Entrepreneurship Certificate program at MCC is being re-introduced this fall with a new agenda.  The updated program is unique from other entrepreneurship certification programs because it is “launch focused – students come in with an idea and we help them analyze it to determine if it has the potential to be a successful business,” said Lisa Banks, MBA, CPA and Associate Business Professor.

Students entering the program take a course titled “’The Entrepreneurial Mindset’ that sets the atmosphere for the whole program. Students are given an opportunity to analyze themselves (to determine) if they have what it takes to be a successful business owner. Then it’s all work on THEIR baby for the rest of the program. For example, in the Legal Issues for Small Business course they anticipate legal issues and complete legal paperwork for THEIR business, in Marketing they complete a marketing plan for THEIR business,” said Banks.

Lisa Banks

Lisa Banks

MCC takes area residents, examines the local economic marketplace, and helps them launch relevant local businesses. Program graduates learn the ins-and-outs of owning and operating small businesses and have access to a network of faculty members, business owners, and community resources that they can reference long after graduation.

In addition, the new program creates synergy with existing skills-based programs at the College that prepare students to consider self-employment and business ownership in their individual industries. MCC’s occupational degree programs are designed to give students the hands-on experience they need to immediately enter the workforce, while the new Entrepreneurship program will give those same students the practical knowledge required to launch and grow their own businesses within those fields.

The program culminates in two capstone courses, one course requires students to participate in a co-op position with a local business to see first-hand, the challenges faced by businesses and business owners. The students assist them in solving a current problem in their business.

In the second capstone course, students actually launch their own businesses. Part of their success in this class is based on their ability to bring in customers and respond to customer feedback.

MCC is prepared to launch a whole new breed of small business owner with the skills and practical knowledge to get the job done. Banks hopes that, “When you think of Entrepreneurship (in this region) – you think of Mott Community College.”

Interested in joining the first class of entrepreneurs this fall? Contact Lisa Banks at lisa.banks@mcc.edu.

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