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Entrepreneurship Program and Start Up Academy

The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at SCC
Do you want to own your own business?
Do you have the skills, drive, and passion to be an entrepreneur?
How do you get there?
Where do you start?

Welcome!

SCC's Start Up Academy at The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) offers you multiple ways to get the entrepreneurial education you need to start or grow your business. Our curriculum is designed to get you started and not just study theory. The Academy offers the following educational opportunities:

Academic Entrepreneurship Certificate

This is an immersive entrepreneurship program that consists of five classes. Three classes are required: Small Business Planning, Professional Sales and Entrepreneurship/Business Plans. Two classes are electives which allows you to choose from topics like QuickBooks or Social Media Marketing that suit your business concept best.

In this program you will work closely with faculty and Spokane's entrepreneurial ecosystem to develop your concept. Outcomes include understanding all aspects of what it takes to operate a business, performing market research, understanding business model canvas, performing feasibility analysis, pitching your business to potential investors, testing the viability of your business concept and writing your business plan.

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Entrepreneurship Citation

This is a two-class non-academic citation for aspiring entrepreneurs who have experience in their business concept area or business experience who are looking for an immersive but quick dive into their business idea. Required classes: Professional Sales and Entrepreneurship/Business Plans.

In this program you will work closely with faculty and Spokane's entrepreneurial ecosystem to develop your concept. Outcomes include understanding all aspects of what it takes to operate a business, performing market research, understanding business model canvas, performing feasibility analysis, pitching your business to potential investors, testing the viability of your business concept and writing your business plan.

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Boot Camp

The 8-week evening program provides an accelerated, non-credit curriculum specifically designed to help prepare entrepreneurs for launching their businesses as well as helping existing businesses grow and be sustainable. This program meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

The program is designed to help determine the viability of a business idea, establish start-up costs and cash flow projections, identify customers, and learn from local subject matter experts. It's a hands-on course designed to have individuals work through the critical elements of their idea or business throughout the 8-week program.

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Workshops

In conjunction with Greater Spokane Incorporated's Start Up Central, SCC offers entrepreneurial workshops throughout the year for those wanting to learn more about what it takes to start or grow a business.

This program is Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) approved.

Questions about the SCC's Start Up Academy programs?
Call Mike Allen at (509)533-8902 or email at mike.allen@scc.spokane.edu

Read more about the program's impact on one of its many graduates in this Spokesman Review article of November 29, 2009: "Program Helps Define New Skills for Success."

The CFE has also been featured on Spokane Talks Online in a segment called "Start Up Spokane".

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Applications are currently being accepted. The next program start date is January 4, 2016.

  1. New students only: Apply to SCC (Admissions Office).
    Current students, proceed to step 2.
  2. Complete the online application for the IBE program.
  3. Registration upon acceptance - After the IBE committee accepts a student, the student will be contacted and may then proceed to register.
    (Questions? Contact Mike Allen at (509) 533-8902.)

CCS Foundation & Avista Center for Entrepreneurship Campaign

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The Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Program (IBE) at Spokane Community College is an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education that significantly benefits students, faculty and the community. The campaign to endow and sustain this program ensures it will serve generations to come.

Well aware of the financial challenges an owner faces when launching a new business, Avista has established a $500,000 Micro-Enterprise Loan Fund to help SCC's aspiring entrepreneurs get started in the regional marketplace following graduation. As part of this investment in our community and economic vitality, Avista has challenged Community Colleges of Spokane to raise $250,000 to create a sustainable funding source for the entrepreneurial students at SCC. The money we raise through this campaign will provide scholarships for students, program support, add to the micro-enterprise loan fund for Spokane students, and endow the future of this crucial program.

Your generosity to this campaign makes it possible for you or your family to honor a relative or loved one, or to have your own or family name endure in perpetuity. All donors will be recognized on a prominently displayed plaque in the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship. Those who give $5,000 or more will be recognized on classroom/boardroom seating in the Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Center.

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Pacesetter
$50,000 and above
Benefactor
$25,000 and above
Associate
$10,000 and above
Patron
$5,000 and above
Supporter
$1,000 and above
Friend
$500 and above

Direct Student/Program Support

Endowed Scholarship
$25,000 and above

Community support for the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship was instrumental in bringing
this program and center to life.

Founding Sponsors

Avista Corp.
STCU               Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation
Travis               Itron
Red Lion Hotels Corporation               Banner Bank
Broadway Group               Klaue Family Foundation
Wells Fargo               Bank of America
Garco Construction               Washington Trust Bank
Wheatland Bank               Telect
The City of Liberty Lake               Baker Construction and Development, Inc.
Inland Construction Group               Safeware
Boyds Coffee

The IBE program offers a hands-on approach to training business owners and entrepreneurs. Students will participate in a six-month experience where they will create a business plan around their business idea from the ground up. In addition to learning from top notch faculty, students will have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts from the local community who are brought in as guest speakers. During the program, students will develop their “business network” so that they are ready to hit the ground running when they launch or expand their business.

The program is offered during winter and spring quarter each year. Acceptance into the program is by application only. Applications are available online during fall quarter. Applications will be screened by the IBE instructors and qualifying applicants will be called for a final orientation/interview.

Each student who successfully completes the program will receive a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits
IBE 201Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Principles I 10.0
IBE 202Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Principles II 5.0-10.0
IBE 203Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Principles III 10.0
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SCC Library Guides

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For more information...  For more information:

Michael Allen
Mike.Allen@scc.spokane.edu
(509) 533-8902 or
(800) 248-5644 ext. 8902
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