Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (ECP)

Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (ECP) 2017-12-14T13:21:56+00:00

Jointly sponsored by the NJSBDC and New Jersey community colleges, the statewide 39-hour Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (ECP) comprises nine courses that will give you a good working knowledge of how to start up and/or successfully manage a small business.

The Business Plan         SB707              9 hours
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.
Course fee: $159
CRN 60024        Tue, Jan 16, 23 & 30    6 – 9pm
CRN 60025        Wed, May 2, 9 & 16    6 – 9pm

The Science of Selling  SB732  6 hours
No one is a ‘born’ salesperson, yet we all live by selling something.  Overcome anxiety and fear of selling to achieve your sales goals.  Program includes: customer wants and relationship strategies, the ’anatomy of a sale,’ how to avoid 11 selling mistakes, what it takes to get to ‘earn’ the sale and how to get to ‘yes’ faster.
Course fee: $119
CRN 60026        Tue, Feb 6 & 13    6 – 9pm
CRN 60027        Wed, Apr 4 & 11    6 – 9pm

Legal 1             SB701              3 hours
Be knowledgeable about the laws affecting business. Business owners will learn how to choose the appropriate business structure, assess business risks, provide adequate protection and establish proper record keeping and controls.
Course fee: $59
CRN 60053        Wed, Feb 7    6 – 9pm

Legal 2             SB702             3 hours
Attain a basic understanding of contract law, legal ownership of a business, stock, and partnership agreements. (3 hours)
Course fee: $59
CRN 60054        Wed, Feb 14    6 – 9pm

Building Your Marketing Plan     SB703              6 hours
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.
Course fee: $119
CRN 60022        Wed, Feb 21 & 28,    6 – 9pm
CRN 60023        Tue, April 3 & 10    6 – 9pm

Mastering the Mental Side of Building a Business           SB427              3 hours
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.
Registration is required.
Course fee: Free
CRN 60046        Wed, Mar 7    6 – 9pm
CRN 60047        Wed, Apr 18    6 – 9pm

Small Business Taxes   SB704             3 hours
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.
Course fee: $59
CRN 60055        Mon, May 7    6 – 9pm

Small Business Recordkeeping              SB705              3 hours
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.
Course fee: $59
CRN 60056        Mon, May 14    6 – 9pm

Understanding Financial Statements        SB706             3 hours
Learn about spreadsheets, understanding revenue and expense, structure and relationships, meaningful forecasts and projections, break-even analysis, balance sheets, P&L, and cash flow.
Course fee: $59
CRN 60057     Mon, May 21    6 – 9pm

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