Designed for entrepreneurs who are either starting a new business or growing an existing one, Palo Alto Software’s Start, Run & Grow Your Business: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship course is currently being taught at colleges and universities around the country.

Maria Torres, Program Manager; Celina Solis, Gigi Paquette, Nina Taylor, Greg Magie, Barbra Nelson, Silas Denny, Carolyn Elliot, Jarred Partridge, Margarita Solis, Susan Coyle, and Instructor, Polly Mertens. (not pictured Reena Plant)

This course takes students through the process of conceiving, creating, managing, and growing their own business. The goal is to provide a solid background of important concepts for anybody starting or running a business.

Congratulations to Spring 2011 Graduates!

David Ryal recently wrote to us to tell us about the Women’s Business Center’s graduates from the program.

MCSC/WBC consultant and instructor Polly Mertens recently celebrated the conclusion of the latest Entrepreneurial Training Program offered to budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Spring Class graduated from the course with a graduation ceremony held at the community room of a People’s Self Help Housing facility on South Higuera.

Eleven students (see photo) completed the class that is based on the curriculum and software program Business Plan Pro that has been developed by Small Business Guru Tim Berry of Palo Alto Software. The core curriculum has been taught at the University of Oregon.

The fourteen-week class takes the students on the trek of writing a business plan. Topics include: business basics and start-up; market analysis and strategy; developing financials; getting financed; the importance of the Web and Social Media; building a team; legal issues; tax issues; and making the pitch.

The certificate program comes with the seal from the Association of Small Business Development Centers. The corporate sponsor for the class was Citibank. The graduation ceremony was the last for Maria Torres, former Program Director of the WBC. She congratulated the students on behalf of the MCSC Board of Directors for a job well done.

Everyone at Palo Alto Software wishes the Spring 2011 Graduates an exciting and entrepreneurial future.

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