The Entrepreneurship Certificate is designed for students interested in launching their own business ventures or working in start-up companies. Graduates will have knowledge to develop a business plan that integrates information and skills essential to ethical business operations and functions. The program is designed to fit into one year and covers accounting, management, business plan development, sales/service, marketing and human resource management.
In addition to the certificate program, SCCC offers an annual Speed Pitch competition in partnership with the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. Students submit business plans which are judged by a panel of Capital Region experts in business, marketing, public relations and entrepreneurship. The winner receives five hours of business coaching through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber. Business ideas have included a Puerto Rican Spice Blend, a specialty bakery in the Adirondacks, a boutique consignment shop and a bookkeeping service.
Alumni Spotlight - The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Dan: A.A.S., Business Administration, SCCC 2006 and B.S., Sociology, University at Albany 2010
Mike: A.A., Liberal Arts, SCCC 2008 and B.A., Economics, Union College 2010
The tools Dan learned in his marketing and business classes are ones that he still puts into practice today. "I think back to those courses and the hands-on experience I got and what I learned from my professors there. It made me want to go into the business field for myself," he said. His company Printz & Patternz started out with 300 customers, mostly schools buying t-shirts for their athletic teams. They now have a team of 10 and more than 1,200 clients including downtown Schenectady businesses, providing them with screen printing, graphic design, embroidery, as well as social media marketing and web design.
Matt Farron, a professor in the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law, teaches the majority of classes in the Entrepreneurship Certificate program. "If you're serious about starting a business, you don't want to spend more time in the classroom than you need to, so we decided to come up with the most efficient way to get them started. This could be for anyone lacking business knowledge. You could come to the realization that you're in over your head. Just because you're good at running a restaurant, doesn't mean you're good at the marketing end of it and that's where this program comes in," he said.