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Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship (ACE)

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This certificate is delivered via a hybrid option over a five month period offering a total of five in-person meetings, one synchronous live online session with online class meetings dispersed throughout. This option also includes the invaluable opportunity for up to 13 hours of one-on-one mentoring time making it a truly customizable experience dependent on where you are in your business cycle.

Certificate requirements:

  • A minimum of 50 hours is required
  • This includes seven core courses totaling 37 hours & up to 13 hours of one-on-one mentoring
  • Hybrid offering In person and online sessions
  • $35 Program Fee (CE0ACE)

Core Courses:

  1. Key Habits of Entrepreneurs, Ideas to Business and Business Formation
  2. The Why? Of Business & Blue Ocean Strategy
  3. Market Research Testing & Validation
  4. Social Media & EngagingAdvocates
  5. The Finance of Business
  6. Final Meeting Presentation
  7. One on One Mentorship

Core Course
Key Habits of Entrepreneurs, Ideas to Business and Business Formation
Credit hours: 6

What problem does your business idea address? Why is solving this problem important to you?  What value does your idea provide to your customers? What are your biggest challenges and achievements? These are a few of the questions that will be addressed in this course which will provide an essential foundation for transforming your idea into a business or shifting your current business focus. Learn about and discuss examples of successful and not-so-successful traits of entrepreneurs that can immediately be applied in your organization. We’ll also help you determine what company type is most relevant for your company industry, type, size and goals and what legal considerations are necessary. Finally, we will review legal protection considerations when introducing a new idea to your existing company or launching a new venture.

CE# XMG1059W        $159
Course Meeting Date: November 2, 2016
Wednesday, 7:15-9:15pm
Pleasant Hill Campus, Room N166

The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel

Core Course
The Why? Of Business & Blue Ocean Strategy
Credit hours: 6

This entrepreneurial course will work to help you clarify your mission, vision and the why? of your particular business. We’ll then focus on differentiating your business using the “Blue Ocean Strategy” and other innovative approaches. Guest entrepreneurs will discuss their use of the BOS concepts to strengthen their competitive advantage and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain insights from these highly successful entrepreneurs. Finally, participants will learn techniques for perfecting their business pitch.

Recommended Prerequisite: Ideas to Business and Business Formation (Available Winter 2017)

CE# XMG1060W        $159
Course Meeting Date: November 30, 2016
Wednesday, 7:15-9:15pm
Pleasant Hill Campus, Room N166

The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel

Core Course
Market Research, Validation & Sales Forecasting
Credit hours: 7

During this course, we will focus on the necessary marketing research skills that will lead to the execution of marketing research projects or the use of marketing research information within small businesses.  The techniques of research design, data collection, and data analysis will be discussed; as these concepts are important aspects of the work of an entrepreneur.  We will discuss fundamental marketing research methods for the entrepreneur who is the ultimate user of the research; and, the one responsible for determining the scope and direction of research activities, recruiting the appropriate members for your board. We will consider how busy entrepreneurs can achieve maximum results through the use of effective time management tools. We’ll also learn how to begin testing financial viability through sales and cost forecasting.

Recommended Prerequisite: Ideas to Business and Business Formation and The Key Habits of Entrepreneurs
Required Prerequisite:

  • The Why? Of Business & The Blue Ocean Strategy

CE# XMG1061W        $175
Course Meeting Date: December 14, 2016
Wednesday, 7:15-9:15pm
Pleasant Hill Campus, Room N166

The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel

Core Course
Social Media & Engaging Advocates
Credit hours: 8

In this course, we’ll discuss key roles in the organization and tactics for recognizing and filling skills gaps even with tight budget considerations.  The importance of an advisory board will be covered as well as strategies for recruiting the appropriate members for your board. These entrepreneurial sessions will focus on providing participants with the knowledge to effectively use social media to market their businesses. We will discuss the basics of content creation and management for social media, then do a much deeper dive into some current tools such as: Facebook, LinkedIn, Periscope and Twitter.

Recommended Prerequisite: Ideas to Business and Business Formation and The Key Habits of Entrepreneurs
Required Prerequisites:

  • The Why? Of Business & The Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Market Research, Validation & Sales Forecasting

CE# XMG1062W        $200
Course Meeting Date: January 11, 2017
Wednesday, 7:15-9:15pm
Pleasant Hill Campus, Room N166

The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel

Core Course
The Finance of Business
Credit hours: 6

In this course, we will cover accounting basics and work our way to understanding the basics of a profit and loss statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. We will also discuss different accounting software options. We will explore ways to use financial analysis to help build controls within our organizations for budgeting purposes. We will dive into the impact that economic factors can have on our business and consider how concepts such as GDP, interest rates, scarcity and opportunity cost impact not only our business, but also our customers.

Recommended Prerequisite: Ideas to Business and Business Formation and The Key Habits of Entrepreneurs
Required Prerequisites:

  • The Why? Of Business & The Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Market Research, Validation & Sales Forecasting
  • Social Marketing Validation

CE# XMG1063W        $159
Course Meeting Date: February 9, 2017
Wednesday, 7:15-9:15pm
Pleasant Hill Campus, Room N166

The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel

Core Course
Final Meeting Presentations
Credit hours: 4

Participants will present their final company presentation to a panel of business experts for feedback, Q&A & Network Opportunities.

Recommended Prerequisite: Ideas to Business and Business Formation and The Key Habits of Entrepreneurs
Required Prerequisites:

  • The Why? Of Business & The Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Market Research, Validation & Sales Forecasting
  • Social Marketing Validation
  • The Finance of Business

CE# XMG1064W        $100
Course Meeting Date: March 8, 2017
Wednesday, 7:15-9:15pm
Pleasant Hill Campus, Room N166

The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel

Core Course
One on One Mentorship
Credit hours: 13

The mentorship hours are dispersed throughout the certificate program cycle.  This time will be used to apply course concepts to each individual entrepreneurial business whether it is in the pre-launch or currently in operation.  Tailored mentor hours may be delivered via virtual or in person meetings.  Specific review and feedback of individual work will be provided.

Required Prerequisites:

  • Ideas to Business and Business Formation and The Key Habits of Entrepreneurs

CE# XMG1066W        $325
Mentorship available beginning: December 1, 2016
The balance of the credit hours are delivered via on demand online sessions.
Register: www.jfku.edu/iel