The NCCU-CEDI Entrepreneurship Center (EC) offers a free program of three 6-week non-credit classes to aid in the development of viable business ventures.
Three 6-week classes
Each participant in the EC program will complete the following 6-week classes:
Classes are free and available to all Durham residents. Throughout the program, participants are offered individually scheduled consulting sessions and periodic assessments with mentors.
Basic Business Skills
This is the mandatory initial class for all participants. It provides the latest in business technology and instruction. The class is highly interactive and requires full participation.
Business Plan Development
This class is offered to entrepreneurs who have completed the Basic Business Skills class and small business owners who desire to position their businesses favorably for bank or equity funding.
A credit score of 620 (+) as determined by the Durham Regional Financial Center (DRFC) is a pre-requisite for this class.
Durham Regional Financial Center (DRFC) provides FDIC financial education and credit counseling services. The Money Smart class is for EC participants with credit scores below 620. The class prepares participants for credit worthiness and is taught in parallel with the Business Plan Development class.
(Class scheduled as needed.)
Bankers Panel PreparationThe participants develop individual presentations to supplement the business plan and loan application. A panel of bankers and business professionals offer They practice and be coached to make their final presentations. They will receive individual feedback from each panel member moving forward.