Columbia Community Business Program
The Columbia Community Business Program (CCBP) is a two year executive education program designed to support the growth and development of for-profit businesses in Upper Manhattan. The Program offers participants access to Columbia University’s resources for technical assistance, entrepreneurial education, and professionally facilitated peer learning. During the course of the program, participants will develop a strategic growth plan during the first year and implement it with support during the second year.The CCBP is a great way to focus your goals, maximize your time, and make a big leap forward.
The key components of the CCBP:
Our ideal candidates are tired of the status quo and looking to gain the business knowledge, skills, and trusted networks needed to successfully grow and guide their businesses.
Basic Eligibility Requirements:
$150,000 - $5 Million in annual revenue
Participants must be owner/partners with at least one full time employee
3+ years in business
The selection process has ended. Please check this website again in Fall 2015 for application materials for the next cohort.
After a challenging selection process, on December 12th, 2014 the fourth cohort of the Columbia Community Business Program was formed. Kaaryn Nailor Simmons, Instructor, Willie Mae Veasey Co-Instructor, and Natalie Moses, Program Manager will be facilitating the program. Guest lecturers are to include Columbia Business School faculty, local and international business owners, and business specialists from a variety of disciplines. The following businesses will be participating:
Tamara Hawkins – Stork & Cradle
Henry Yang – Alpha Fusion
Luis Ernesto Ducasse – Loyalty Day Care
Badiyah Amir – Best Graphics Press
Adie Horowitz – Licenders
Megan Coryat – Doggedly Devoted
Nancy “Anahi” Angelone – Corner Social
Susannah Koteen – Lido Restaurant
Charles R. Roberts – Durobi
Scott Spizer & Michelle Evans – Origins Tutoring
Donna Lewis – Home Sweet Harlem
Melissa Mitchner- Paw Prints
Quintano Downes- Papaya Seed
Seven Brown- Harlem Skin Clinic
Hope Bell- Youngstar
Tonnie Rozier- Tonnies minis
Pat Ellerbe- Pats Moving and Storage
Ozzie Perez- Tread Bike Shop
Yvette Leeper- Vinateria
Sam Morjaria- Park North Physical Therapy
Marcos Merced-QnA Tech
CCBP Curriculum Overview
Module I: Business & Strategic Assessment – Setting the Stage for Growth
Module II: Financial Analysis & Management – Balancing Cash Flow and Bottom Line
Module III: Marketing & Sales – Building Profitable Sales
Module IV: Resources – Getting What You Need to Grow
Module V: Putting It All Together
Module VI: Relationship Building
Module VII: Vendor Engagement
Module VIII: Financial Forecasting
There is no cost to participate. Columbia University will cover all of the costs for this program. In return, participants commit to attending all of the program’s group, individual, and small group coaching sessions.
On October 5, 2010 alumnus Henry Kravis’s landmark gift of $100 million to support Columbia Business School’s move to Manhattanville was announced. In his speech to the Columbia Business School community, Kravis expressed his admiration of the many community-oriented programs at the School, top among them the Columbia Community Business Program.
“I learned that all small business owners have similar issues and that we are not unique in our struggle. This relieves some pressure because most of us work in isolation."
“This program helped me look for ways to add new revenue streams and taught me how to delegate tasks to key personnel.”
“I was always very inspired by the program’s topics and speakers-there were several ah-ha moments!”
The 2015 Columbia Community Business Program is sponsored in part by: