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The pursuit of opportunity...

If there was ever a hands-on entrepreneurship program, this is it. Community Entrepreneurship instills the foundations of successful enterprise development including strategic business planning, marketing techniques, and market analyses and projections. As entrepreneurship is a vital thread in the fabric of a community, students acquire entrepreneurial skills in the context of social responsibility and healthy community development.

We prepare students to take on important roles in entrepreneurial ventures.  Our courses cover the "C-Level" jobs in any organization:

  • Students are introduced to the business lifecyle through the lens of entrepreneurship in CDAE 166: Intro to Community Entrepreneurship
  • From there, students learn the tools and skills of "C-Level" positions:
    • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) course: CDAE 167: Financial Management for Community Entrepreneurs
    • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) course: CDAE 168: Marketing for Community Entrepreneurs
    • Chief Operating Officer (COO) course: CDAE 266: Strategic Decision Making for Community Entrepreneurs
    • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) course: CDAE 267: Strategic Business Planning for Community Entrepreneurs

In their pursuit of opportunity, we prepare students to take on important roles in entrepreneurial ventures. Students become entrepreneurs in the risk-free classroom setting. Or they are partnered with entrepreneurs in the community through courses. And many CENT students start enterprises of their own in the real world while they are still students or upon graduation. 

View Community Entrepreneurship Requirements in Catalogue

Careers

  • Small Business Ownership and Management
  • Financial Consulting
  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Food Systems
  • Economist
  • Small Business Analyst
  • Chief Design Officer
  • Business and App Development

Where alumni work

  • Founder, Success Measured
  • Founder and Author, Pop Up Republic
  • Digital Analyst, Cox Automotive
  • Founders, CEO, CFO, MedPilot
  • Digital Content Manager, Ski the East
  • Gourmet Gorilla, Inc. Good Food For Kids
  • Occupancy Specialist at Champlain Housing Trust
  • Marketing Lead, Patagonia
  • Graphic Designer, 1% for the Planet

Graduate Schools

  • Masters in International Management at Franklin University Switzerland
  • Masters of Business Administration and certificate of Socially Minded Entrepreneurship (CSR) at Simmons College
  • Masters in Business at University Of Michigan
  • Masters in Business Administration at Champlain College
  • Masters of Business Administration, Leadership and Enterprise at The University of Sydney Business School
  • Juris Doctor (J.D) Law- Syracuse University College of Law
  • Masters of Public Administration at Syracuse University- Maxwell School

Related Information

Unique to CENT

  • CDAE's award-winning Dollar Enterprise course, CDAE 166.
  • Community partnerships with organizations like Cabot, Hope for Women, Spectrum Youth Services, Intervale Community Farm, and Shelburne Farms.
  • Interaction with entrepreneurs in our region and focus areas.
  • Essential business skills partnered with community ethics.