Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Get ready for start up, growth and business success. Topics range from formation and operational how-to skills to strategic planning and finding investors. Visit all the resources in the CPCC Small Business Center, including the latest schedule of events, free seminars and partner locations.

Featured Courses

New! DIY Videography for Entrepreneurs

Video is hot! For a small business owner, it’s also a powerful tool to jazz up your brand and engage more customers. This short course will teach you how to do it yourself using low cost equipment, even your own phone, and free or low-cost software. As a bonus, each student who completes the course gets 2.5 hours of professional studio time to produce their video. No experience needed. Course covers start to finish: concept, development, writing, camera operation and post-production.
View course outline: SBX 7009

New! How to Start a Restaurant
Hard? Fun? Yes, and Yes. This comprehensive course will take you step-by-step through the knowledge and processes that will make you a successful restaurateur. From creating a menu to the servers you hire, learn how to make the business enjoyable, appealing and profitable one plate at a time. Topics include the business plan, funding, choosing a site, lease negotiation, design and equipment, hiring and training.

Start Up

Food Trucks 101: Starting a Mobile Food Business
Develop your business, build your brand and gain a loyal following.

Starting a Startup
Start Up Legal and Intellectual Property (IP)

Launching a New Venture
Opening a Small Family Care Home



Frustrated with stacks of spreadsheets? Start, manage, and grow your business with QuickBooks. Choose from multiple levels and focus areas with classes in several locations.

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The Food Business

Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Successful Food Business
Learn the laws, and create a winning recipe.

Food Truck Marketing
Build your brand, use social media, website and word of mouth.

How to Price Your Food Product
Learn pricing models and how to become profitable in your food venture.

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More for your small business

Design a Powerful Business Website with Wordpress
Start Your Own Consulting Practice
Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay
Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business 
Business and Marketing Writing

See also: Marketing and Social Media

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Additional courses

Budgeting and Forecasting
Understand how business budgeting and how decisions affect your bottom line. Learn how to develop your own realistic cash forecasts and see how they can be used to anticipate problems.

Start Your Own Gift Basket Business (online)
Learn the basics on starting a gift basket business and running it successfully.

Building Teams that Work (online)
Learn the components of a successful team and the stages of its development.

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Looking for a topic not listed? Visit or contact us online today in the Small Business Center on CPCC's Central Campus. Open to the public Monday through Friday.