Why Business Owners Are Heading Back to Campus

Back-to-school Resources for Business Owners

ACTiVATE entrepreneurship programs: For mid-career women

Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education and U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship: For the scoop on cutting-edge entrepreneurship programs.

Kauffman FastTrac: Programs include GrowthVenture (for existing entrepreneurs to improve a business); NewVenture (for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs); TechVenture (for technology and life sciences entrepreneurs).

MIT Enterprise Forum: Entrepreneurial educational programs (podcasts, workshops, etc.) via a volunteer-driven network of 24 global chapters.

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship: For info on community college entrepreneurial programs.

SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business (aka Service Corps of Retired Executives): Free online and in-person mentoring via a national counseling force of 11,000 working and retired business owners and execs at 400 local chapters

Small Business Development Centers: SBA-sponsored network of 1,100 local offices offering workshops, training and other resources for entrepreneurs/small business owners.

U.S. Small Business Development Administration: Oversees wide range of programs, including Emerging 200 initiative for inner-city businesses, plus other entrepreneurial education and support programs. 

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David Port is a freelancer based in Denver who writes on small business, and financial and energy issues.

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