Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (ECP)

Entrepreneurial Certificate Program (ECP) 2017-03-09T11:42:19+00:00

This certificate program offers an overview of the key concepts, tools, and techniques required to succeed in today’s challenging business environment from a hands-on perspective. Offered in partnership with the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) this program will cover the basics of accounting fundamentals and then apply those fundamentals to QuickBooks to enable business owners to take better control of their business finances.

The Business Plan
Business plans are a necessary tool for every phase of business operations, from start-up to expansion. A sound business plan will help you manage your business more effectively and serves as a tool for planning, marketing, and financing your business. Using a business plan to chart your course improves your chances for success.

Marketing Strategies for Business Success
This workshop shows you how to define and target the markets where your services or products will be most successful as well as develop an action plan for your marketing efforts in order to reach your target markets.

Understanding Financial Statements
Learn about financial statements to improve your bottom line. This course helps you understand the various types of financial statements to allow for further review and analysis of your business operations and enhance your ability to design a profit improvement planning strategy to grow and expand your business.

Small Business Record Keeping
Learn about the purpose and types of record-keeping systems to help use your business records as a management tool and barometer and comply with governmental regulations/ requirements.

Legal I – Start-up Specifics
This workshop provides basic knowledge of the laws affecting business. Business owners learn how to choose the appropriate business structure, assess business risks, provide adequate protection for business ideas (patents, copyright, trademarks) and business operations (leases, contracts, agreements) as well as know about local zoning/regulations /permits/licensing, business trade name registration and incorporation procedures as well as other State, county, federal and international requirements.

Legal II – Contracts
This course provides a basic understanding of business contract law with an overview of the basic elements of contracts, the different types of contracts (employment, suppliers, customers), what particular situations warrant attorney consultation, legal ownership of a business, consideration of the major factors in business structure selection, the primary features of a partnership, examination of key areas of stockholder (shareholder) agreements, and more!

Small Business Taxes
You learn about the differences between local, state and federal taxes and gain a broad overview of small business tax responsibilities including employment, social security, income and sales taxes as well as understand tax obligations as they relate to the particular business structure.

For Additional Information…

Please call Passaic County Community College, Continuing Education at (973) 684-6126,
or William Paterson Small Business Development Center at (973) 321-1378.