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Columbia Community Business Program (CCBP)
The Columbia Community Business Program is an 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.
The program year is divided into four semesters and aligns with the core curriculum of the MBA program at Columbia Business School. Summers offer CEOs and their next-level managers the option of attending skills trainings designed to build on the educational modules of the previous semester. An important element of the second-year curriculum is intensive training on the procurement process.
The program consists of three hour instructor led classes on specified topics offered weekly or on alternate weeks. After completion of each module, students work together in small groups in order to develop business goals incorporating their studies. Once a semester, students meet with instructors one on one to review goals.
CCBP participants also have access to the broadly-offered resources of the Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center and select Business School offerings during the program and beyond. At the conclusion of the program, students will have completed an operations manual, a human resources manual and a case study. Upon graduation, CCBP alumni receive a certificate of completion and credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence conferred by Columbia Business School. After graduation, CCBP alumni can continue to work closely with CH-SBDC counselors and participate in Columbia University entrepreneurship events.
CCBP Curriculum Overview
Module I: Leadership & Strategy
Module II: Business Finance & Accounting
Module III: Human Resources
Module IV: Operations
Module V: Sales & Marketing
Module VI: Growth & New Ventures
This program is offered in partnership with the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council