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Be Your Own Boss - Programs Aimed at Entrepreneurship Offered in 2016 By RCBC's Workforce Development Institute

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Rowan College at Burlington County’s (RCBC) Workforce Development Institute announced three separate programs aimed at teaching people how, and encouraging them to start their own business.

“Burlington County is rich with the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship,” Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien said. “Rowan College at Burlington County’s Workforce Development Institute can show you how to make your dream business idea into a concrete building block of our economy.”

Entrepreneurial Certificate for the Trades

Starting in January, RCBC’s Workforce Development Institute will offer a new entrepreneurial certificate for those in the construction or building trades. The nine courses touch on a range of topics from writing a business plan to public bidding.

“We worked very closely with trade organizations to create a curriculum that will empower skilled builders to launch their own business in Burlington County,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “This is a clear example of how Rowan College at Burlington County’s Workforce Development Institute can leverage private sector and educational resources to provide residents with meaningful workforce development programs.”

The nine courses are available as a certificate package for $400, or individually for $60. Each class is offered on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Mount Laurel campus from March 9 through May 18. Learn more about the program on p. 15 of the college’s spring personal and professional development brochure, which can be found at www.rcbc.edu/publications. To register, please contact Workforce Development Institute Business Program Specialist Susan Girard at sgirard@bcc.edu or 856-222-9311, ext. 2530.

Lean Venture Series – Creative Techniques for Nimble Business

The institute is also partnering with the Burlington County Library System on a new program, Lean Venture Series – Creative Techniques for Nimble Business, a series of interactive workshops and mentorship opportunities based on the best practices of lean startup concepts.

“The Lean Venture Series is based on lean concepts by New York Times bestselling author Eric Ries and others,” said Burlington County Library System Director Ranjna Das. “We can help entrepreneurs run their companies in a new way to get to market quicker and help develop customer-centric products.”

The sessions will run in three five-session series all held in the county library headquarters in Westampton. Each series costs $50 – or $40 for early registration.

  • Getting Started: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 11 through March 10.
  • Make Sure Your Idea Has Legs: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., March 24 through April 21.
  • Prepare to Grow: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., May 5 through June 9.

The Lean Venture Series will kick off with a launch party with food and fun. The party, featuring a story slam, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Westampton library. Andy Meehan of Philadelphia’s Startup Storyslam will emcee and entrepreneurs are invited to share their “why” story to compete for a prize. Early bird registration through Jan. 20 costs $7.50, with tickets at $10 after that. More details can be found at www.meetup.com/VentureHubBCLS.

3rd Annual Startup Star Competition

In an effort to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, RCBC’s Workforce Development Institute, with support from TD Bank, is hosting the third annual Startup Star competition. RCBC students and Burlington County high school students will be challenged to develop a business idea, create a plan, and then present their concepts at a finale on March 8 at the college’s Enterprise Center.

“The contest highlights the important work we are doing at RCBC’s Workforce Development Institute to provide seamless connections to important resources throughout the college and county to educate, encourage, and help students and community members reach their professional goals,” said RCBC Vice President of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Anna Payanzo Cotton. “These budding business owners are the future. We want to help them realize their growth potential and eventually build their business right here in Burlington County.”

Interested students may compete as a team and must submit a business plan summary or business model canvas by Monday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. Registration is required prior to submission. For more information about RCBC’s Startup Star contest, or to register, please visit www.rcbc.edu/startupstar.