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:

  • Leadership
  • Accessing Capital
  • Financial Analysis
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Resource Management
  • Securing Government Contracts
  • CEO Mentoring Groups
  • Strategic Growth Action Plan™


Program Eligibility

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


To Apply

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 


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 program’s group, individual, and small group coaching sessions.

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Watch the CCBP Video

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.



CCBP Graduates the Third Cohort
Four Ways to Help Your Business Thrive in Tough Times


“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: