Small Business Program Waives Fees/Tuition Costs for Eligible US Veterans

The Veterans Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (VECP), sponsored by the Small Business Development Center @ RVCC, and hosted by Raritan Valley Community College, is being offered at no cost for tuition or fees to eligible U.S. military veterans (copy of DD 214 required for registration).

The 39-hour program comprises nine courses designed to provide the basic information required to start and/or successfully manage a small business.  It is designed to be completed within up to four semesters.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion after finishing all of the following courses in the program  (please check the program’s SBDC Training schedule for class dates/times:

The Business Plan
Create a sound business plan to help you manage your business more effectively and/or prepare to seek financing. Chart your course and improve your chances for business success (9 hours).

Legal 1
Be knowledgeable of the laws affecting business. Business owners learn how to choose the appropriate business structure, assess business risks, provide adequate protection and establish proper record keeping and controls (3 hours).

Legal 2
Attain a basic understanding of contract law, legal ownership of a business, stock, and partnership agreements (3 hours).

Building Your Marketing Plan
Learn about market research, strategic marketing decisions, advertising and sales, public relations, promotions, and networking. Find out about all phases of a marketing plan, how to define markets and how to implement creative, low-cost guerrilla marketing (6 hours).
Small Business Taxes
Learn which type of legal entity is the best structure for your company and receive information about tax responsibilities based on the entity you choose. Find out what tax deductions you are entitled to (3 hours).
Tue Oct 27       6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Small Business Recordkeeping
Learn what records you need to keep, how to do your own bookkeeping, and how to use records as a management tool. Find out processes you need to follow for tax deductions (3 hours).
Seal the Deal: Winning Sales Strategies
Learn step-by-step selling techniques to help you feel more comfortable in front of your prospects and increase your close rate. Follow this strategic selling system and you’ll be sure to meet or exceed your goals for sales and profitability (6 hours).
Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business
Learn how to proactively handle and even benefit from the inevitable challenges and setbacks you’ll face along the way building your business. Finish up with solid ways to build your confidence in any situation, work through habits and fears that can hold you back, and create a support system that will help lead you to success (3 hours).
Understanding Financial Statements SBCE
Learn about spreadsheets, understanding revenue and expense, structure and relationships, meaningful forecasts and projections, break-even analysis, balance sheets, P&L, and cash flow (3 hours).
Registration for VECP:

Please note: You must register for the VECP training courses by contacting our office:  by phone, (908) 526-1200 x8516, or by email, sbdc@raritanval.edu or in person (our office is located at: 14 Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807).  Office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registrants must provide a copy of their DD 214 form.