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Entrepreneurship

What is 'Entrepreneurship (ENTR)'?

An entrepreneur is an individual who owns, organizes and manages a business and, in so doing, assumes the risk of either making a profit or losing the investment. 

Program Introduction

MCC's Entrepreneurship program is one of the fastest growing programs on campus and is Best Modeltaught in a real mode, generally with no tests. Work done in any of six regularly offered courses that run both on campus and online are specifically designed to mirror real tasks that real entrepreneurs either need to do or know about. Courses attract both those interested in new startup planning and those already actively engaged in business seeking knowledge and assistance. Although MCC launched its entrepreneurship program in 2006, it is now one of the largest educational providers of entrepreneurship education in Nebraska. MCC and Nebraska's community colleges were recently named as one of the best models for entrepreneur education and training in the nation by The American Association of Community Colleges.

Is It For You?

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes and personality types. Some are full of big ideas, while others are better at execution. Some take big risks while others play it safe, but there are a few things most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The most common entrepreneurial traits include a strong desire to be your own boss, the drive to implement your ideas and a thirst to control your own destiny. Entrepreneurs are inordinately determined to be successful and persevere in the midst of adversity. They thrive on ambiguity and prosper in a world that is confusing and has few answers.

Running your own business is an ongoing puzzle, a long series of problems to be solved. If you don't like constantly solving a multitude of problems, then an entrepreneurial career might be difficult. Much of your time will be spent troubleshooting, pinpointing problems that are plaguing the business and trying to solve them. As soon as you solve one problem, others spring up.

Entrepreneurs need motivation, creativity and persuasiveness. For more information, see Starting Your Own Business - Do You Have What It Takes?

Program Faculty

Heather Nelson, program manager, 531-MCC-1376
Liliana Petersen 531-MCC-4637
Dan Smith 531-MCC-3017

Program descriptions

Note: Some subject programs such as Culinary Arts and Early Childhood Education offer specialist diplomas that contain both Entrepreneurship and career-specific education.

Past Events

Local Climate For Entrepreneurship

The number of entrepreneurs in Omaha is increasing and they are doing well. Because of the varied nature of entrepreneurship endeavors, income expectations vary greatly. Nebraska, and Omaha in particular, has been reported to be following patterns in line with the national trends in terms of the growth of the number of entrepreneurs. Omaha entrepreneurs demonstrate a strong trend of out-pacing the general per capita income in the city. 

 

Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force   E4 Entrepreneurship logo   Small Business Association of the Midlands logo
Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education logo Grow Nebraska National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship logo
 

CREDIT CLASSES AND REGISTRATION

Gainful Employment Information

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation."  The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment.  We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.
 

Business Start-Up (BSUCC) - Career Certificate
Entrepreneurship Generalist (BEGCE) - Certificate of Achievement