Columbia Community Business Program

The Columbia Community Business Program (CCBP) is 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 a professionally facilitated peer learning.

Program Benefits 

  • Participate in sixteen peer learning sessions, eight individual coaching sessions, and either small-group sessions with a seasoned business coach to discuss your most pressing business issues. (All sessions are confidential.)
  • Meet regularly with a seasoned business coach to discuss your most pressing business issues.
  • Get ideas on how to handle common business challenges through professionally facilitated peer networking sessions.
  • Learn from Columbia faculty members and alumni with expertise in a wide range of business areas.
  • Develop a strategic growth plan for your business by the end of the first year and begin to execute the plan in the second year.
  • Gain access to Columbia Business School events at the student rate and take advantage of student and alumni resources, such as the Entrepreneurial Sounding Board Program, Crain’s Perfect Pitch Competition, and the BRITE Conference.
  • Establish a valuable professional network of local entrepreneurs and business owners.

Program Eligibility

The program is open to established businesses headquartered in New York City with preference given to businesses located in Upper Manhattan that generate at least $250,000 in annual revenues. Participants must commit to participation in 16 per networking sessions; 8 individualized business coaching sessions, and 8 small-group business coaching sessions between September 2012 and July 2014.

Program Costs

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 group, individual, and small group coaching sessions.


Related Links:

Watch the CCBP Video
Download the CCBP 2012-2013 calendar for year on (PDF).

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.


Meet the CCBP Class of 2014
The graduated class of 2012
Stronger Together
First CCBP Cohort
Four Ways to Help Your Business Thrive in Tough Times
CCBP Companies Thrive As They Reach One Year Mark
November 2008 Announcement