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SCC's Start Up Academy and Launch Lab at the Avista Center 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 entrepreneurship certificate program welcomes students from many backgrounds and areas of study. Students participate in a two-quarter business experience where they create a business from the ground up. Students are guided through the experience by your college instructors, as well as by local business and community leaders.

The Start Up Academy also offers several nonacademic programs for individuals who would like to start or grow a business. These programs include the Entrepreneurship Citation, the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, the Launch Lab and various entrepreneurial workshops.

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 a quick, immersive 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.

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.

Launch Lab

Got the plan and ready to start your business? The Launch Lab is an eleven-week program that supports your business concept with a collection of human, financial and physical resources. The Launch Lab is in the company-building business and getting yours to a minimum viable product is what we do.

Support for each business concept is different, but in general, we help with:

  • Industry experts and mentors
  • Prototyping
  • Market research
  • Websites and online stores
  • Go to market strategy
  • Review of intellectual property
  • Investor pitch presentations
  • Logo and branding strategy
  • Connect to financing options


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.

CCS Foundation & Avista Center for Entrepreneurship Campaign

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.

Community Support

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

Founding Sponsors

  • Avista
  • STCU
  • Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation
  • Travis Pattern & Foundry
  • 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 & Development, Inc.
  • Inland Construction Group
  • Safeware Insurancy Agency, Inc.
  • Boyd's Coffee

  1. Prepare and manage business and marketing plans
  2. Develop and implement strategic plans
  3. Manage technology and information resources
  4. Make effective decisions & adapt to change
  5. Manage business & financial operations
  6. Manage human resources
  7. Manage product & distribution systems
  8. Network business in the community

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 30

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
MMGT 205
Small Business Planning  
Business Electives  
Total Credits
ACCT 141
QuickBooks Online  
ACCT 151
College Accounting I  
ACCT 152
College Accounting II  
Prin of Accounting I  
BUS 100
Money Management  
BUS& 101
Intro to Business  
BUS 103
Basic Business Math and Electronic Calculators  
BUS 104
Business Mathematics   2
BUS 120
International Business  
BUS 140
International Marketing  
BUS& 201
Business Law  
BUS 204
Introduction to Law  
BUS 217
Business Statistics   4
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business  
CATT 241
Microsoft Project  
CATT 242
Advanced Microsoft Project  
Interpersonal Communication  
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication  
CMST 287
Business and Professional Communication  
3 - 5
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics   3
MMGT 100
Supervised Volunteer Experience  
1 - 3
MMGT 101
Principles of Management  
MMGT 125
Social Media Marketing  
MMGT 181
Leadership Training-DEC  
1 - 5
MMGT 182
Leadership Training-DEC  
1 - 5
MMGT 183
Leadership Training-DEC  
1 - 5
MMGT 211
MMGT 212
MMGT 218
Fundamentals of Advertising  
MMGT 223
Customer Service  
MMGT 231
Human Resource Management  
MMGT 243
Fundamentals of Project Management  
MMGT 288
Cooperative Education Work Experience (No Seminar)  
1 - 18

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
BUS 206
Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Writing   1
MMGT 250
Professional Sales  
Total Credits
1 Completion of MMGT 205 with a 2.0 or higher or permission of instructor.
2 BUS 103 or proficiency test required.
3 ECON 100 may be substituted with a higher level ECON course.
4 MATH 97 or 99 with a 2.0 or better or appropriate placement scores.
  • Tuition

  • Resident

  • Non-Resident

  • International

  • Avg. Books


Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Prepare and manage business and marketing plans
  2. Develop and implement strategic plans
  3. Manage technology and information resources
  4. Make effective decisions & adapt to change
  5. Manage business & financial operations
  6. Manage human resources
  7. Manage product & distribution systems
  8. Network business in the community

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Entrepreneurship Certificate program need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or permission of the department chair. Students may not currently be on academic probation. An application to the program needs to be completed followed by an interview by the Entrepreneurship instructors. Completion of a small business planning class is highly recommended before entering the program.

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

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