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Entrepreneurship

The integrated business and entrepreneurship (IBE) program at Spokane Community College is located in the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship.

The program is an innovative approach to helping people combine their technical talents with entrepreneurial skills in order to succeed in business. It’s a six-month program focusing on jump starting entrepreneurship and job creation at a time when small businesses have become a focal point of economic recovery in Washington state.   In fact, 96 percent of companies in Washington state employ fewer than 50 employees.

In spring 2012, Avista announced creation of the Avista Business Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with SCC and three other community colleges in the region to provide a continuum of education and ongoing support for budding entrepreneurs in Avista’s service area.
 
Using SCC’s successful entrepreneurship curriculum, each participating college receives an investment of $100,000 over three years to support implementation of the program. (These funds come from profits that Avista is allowed to earn and are not included in customer rates.) In addition, Avista is establishing a micro-enterprise loan fund for students who successfully complete the program and create new businesses.
At SCC, students create a business from the ground up and local business and community leaders and college instructors guide student teams through the process of conception and launching a business. Students master academic material by producing deliverables in an authentic business environment on the SCC campus.

Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Principles I
The IBE Principles I course offers a hands-on approach to training future business leaders and entrepreneurs. College instructors and local business and community leaders guide student teams through the process of identifying a business product or service, conducting market research, and developing a business plan outline.
 
Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Principles II
The IBE Principles II course offers a hands-on approach to training future business leaders and entrepreneurs. College instructors and local business and community leaders guide student teams through development and management of business operations, including accounting systems, understanding legal and regulatory issues, and identifying and securing material resources. 
 
Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Principles III
The IBE Principles III course offers a hands-on approach to training future business leaders and entrepreneurs. College instructors and local business and community leaders guide student teams through the creation and execution of a marketing plan and management of human resources. This course concludes with a capstone team presentation of the business plans developed throughout the IBE program.

Some figures (2007-11)

·         Students accepted: 94
·         Student completion: 61
·         Business started: 28
·         Jobs created: 39
(Does not include 22 students enrolled during the 2011-12)

About Community Colleges of Spokane
Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynamic, 12,300-square-mile state community college district that includes Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and Institute for Extended Learning. Together, SCC, SFCC and IEL offer high-quality academic transfer, career/technical, business and community training and adult literacy programs throughout Eastern Washington, enrolling approximately 38,000 students a year.
One of 33 community college districts in the state, CCS serves residents living in Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman and Ferry Counties.
Community Colleges of Spokane
District Administration501 N Riverpoint Blvd
MS 1015
PO Box 6000
Spokane WA 99217-6000
www.ccs.spokane.edu