By: Special to the Fort Morgan Times
Are you looking to start your own business? Or, are you looking to expand your business?
Morgan Community College is now accepting applications for its Small Business Entrepreneurship Program. Thanks to the El Pomar Foundation, the MCC Foundation and FMS Bank, Morgan Community College will provide access to quality business training in Northeastern Colorado, and will be selecting 10 students based on applications and a letter of recommendation.
Students will enroll in two college-level courses upon selection into the program. The course will meet one evening a week beginning Aug. 20 through Dec. 7, 2018; specific day and time will be determined by the students and the instructor. Tuition, fees, and software will be completely funded through the Small Business Entrepreneurship Program for those selected as participants. Students must provide their own laptop for course work.
The software provided will enable participants to develop a business plan, project costs, and calculate their return on investment. These sections will be graded and are part of the student's final presentation. Instruction also includes group meetings, presentations from local business leaders, seminars, technology usage, as well as one-on-one mentoring.
A non-college panel of judges will select the top three best business plans at the end of the semester, according to defined criteria. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
• First prize, $10,000
• Second prize, $8,000
• Third prize, $7,000
All students who successfully complete the 6-credit program will receive an Entrepreneurship Certificate from Morgan Community College.
Applications are available online at MorganCC.edu/businessplan and must be submitted by July 13, 2018. Students will be notified by Aug. 10 and classes will begin Aug. 20. Along with the online application, a resume and a letter of recommendation from a business owner (non-family) is required. Documents may be uploaded online or mailed directly to: Andrea L'Heureux, Morgan Community College, 920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, CO 80701.
"This program helps to promote local businesses and increases the economic impact in the area," said John Sneed, FMS Bank President. FMS Bank's sponsorship ensures future offerings of this curriculum.
An awards banquet will be held in December to announce the winners and award the top three students.
For information about the program, go to MorganCC.edu/businessplan or contact MCC's Dean of Workforce Development, Andrea L'Heureux, at 970-542-3166.