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. We also provide participants with the know-how, training, and networks to turn growth plans into action. 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:

  • $250,000 - $10 Million in annual revenue

  • At least one full-time employee other than the owner

  • 2+ years in business


CCBP Curriculum Overview

Module I: Business & Strategic Assessment – Setting the Stage for Growth

Participants identify and set strategic goals needed to grow their businesses over the next three years.  They also assess their own leadership styles and form CEO Mentoring Groups with whom they will collaborate throughout the program — and beyond.

Module II: Financial Analysis & Management – Balancing Cash Flow and Bottom Line

Building on the goals set in Module I, Module II focuses on key financial measures to help participants gauge the financial health of their businesses and make effective decisions.  With the help of accountants and financial advisors, participants will learn about key financial statements and how each statement relates to one another.  Participants will create “financial dashboards” with key ratios that will allow for effective monitoring and comparison to other industry peers.  This module will also prepare participants to communicate current and future financial aspirations both internally and externally.

Module III: Marketing & Sales – Building Profitable Sales

Once participants have a clear understanding of their financials, they begin to identify which products and customers promise to be the most profitable and which markets have the greatest potential for growth.  Module III helps participants better understand their competition, the needs and desires of their customers, and how to effectively reach customers and improve sales. 

Module IV: Resources – Getting What You Need to Grow

In this module, participants will identify the resources – human and financial – needed in order to achieve their growth plans. Participants will learn how to identify and secure key talent, as well how to secure private and public capital.

Module V: Putting It All Together

In the final session, participants deliver final presentations of their growth plans to a panel of business experts and their peers.

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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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



“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!”