Entrepreneurship & Business Development

Do you have a passion that you'd like to convert into a business? The Entrepreneurship and Business Development certificate at CBC provides support to individuals looking to build and launch their own business or capitalize on a great idea. The courses assist you with creating a solid business plan, working on product prototypes and networking with industry professionals to learn the best practices to jump start your career. This program was formerly known as Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Become a successful entrepreneur through:

  • Application of best practices and case studies of now-thriving ventures
  • Guest speakers who have successfully launched their businesses
  • Networking with other entrepreneurs and industry professionals
  • Identifying a target market, develop a competitive strategy and solid business plan
  • Developing financial projections and explore funding options
  • Gaining the skills to successfully launch a business following graduation


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In addition to meeting successful guest speakers, this certificate will also match entrepreneurship students with mentors from the SCORE program. Students will have opportunities to attend local business gatherings, work in shared office and kitchen spaces and create in makerspace workshops for prototype development.

Did you know?
The Tri-Cities region is the fastest growing area in the northwest United States, and we want to develop local talent to ensure that growth happens from within. In order to achieve this, we have built this program on application rather than theory. Courses are taught by well-qualified faculty who have recent and practical business experience.

Careers in Entrepreneurship & Business Development

At Columbia Basin College our business graduates enter a variety of disciplines in an even wider variety of industries!

  • Business Owner

    Business Owners operate their own companies and handle responsibilities such as creating business plans, arranging financing, hiring staff, reviewing sales, developing marketing strategies, overseeing daily activities and identifying business opportunities.

  • Small Business Owner

    Being a small business owner can be a great career move if you are independent, self-motivated and possess excellent interpersonal skills. You’ll also need a strong work ethic and the ability to adapt to a variety of situations.


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