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
INFORMATIONAL MEETING OCTOBER 28: WATCH VIDEO RECORDING
To be considered for the 2015-2016 cohort, please complete the application and email or mail it as instructed. Applications will be accepted until November 17, 2014. Interviews will be conducted at Columbia Business School for selected applicants between November 18 and November 28. Site visits will be made to finalists before the new cohort is announced on December 19.
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!”