Start Your Own Business at RCC

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RCC_businessAt RCC, we’re committed to making sure our community is equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in business. Whether you’re interested in earning a business degree, looking to learn more about starting your own business, or just looking for business resources, we have a program or agreement to meet your needs.

Business Degrees at RCC

Associate’s in Arts in Business Administration

RCC_0950This program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year college to pursue a major in accounting, banking, computer information systems, insurance, management, retailing, or other related business fields. A combination of specialized business courses and a broad-based liberal arts curriculum provides a strong foundation in oral and written communication, mathematics, and accounting. Career opportunities in this field are available in both the public and private sectors, and may include employment in government agencies, schools, industries, and accounting, insurance, or advertising firms.

Associate’s in Science in Business Management

This program in business management provides a broad background in the basic principles and applications of marketing, production, finance, personnel management, and accounting. Students acquire skills that can be applied in a wide variety of businesses in positions such as management trainee, assistant manager, administrative assistant, or sales trainee. Students can enhance their career options by concentrating their course work in retailing, marketing, personnel, or other areas, and by participating in internship opportunities.

Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the US Small Business Administration

On February 24, 2016, The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and Roxbury Community College signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum. Both organizations are joined by a common mission; helping start, maintain, and expand small businesses. Through this SAM, RCC and the SBA will work together in the spirit of cooperation and open communications, with the primary goal of meeting the needs of the small business community.

RCC_4333Through this agreement, the SBA is providing RCC with up-date information on the SBA’s programs and services, information on the SBA’s resource partners, speakers to participate in College workshops, conferences, and seminars, and much more. In exchange, RCC will distribute information provided by the SBA, refer members of our community to the SBA, and disseminate information provided by the SBA, and more.

“This SAM agreement between RCC and the Small Business Administration lays the groundwork to build the bridge for members of the community to gain economic freedom; where the link between a new business idea or venture and the supporting resources come together,” says Vice President of Advancement and Community Engagement Lorita Williams. “Together, we will empower members of the community to be part of the economic engine.”

Start Your Own Business Course at RCC

Prof Janai Mungalsingh

Professor Janai Mungalsingh

When you enter Professor Janai Mungalsingh’s Starting Your Own Business course, it looks like any other course at an institution of higher education. Her students are standing at the podium or excitedly discussing their final presentations, making final adjustments and edits prior to class starting. But this course is much different. In this class, all of Professor Mungalsingh’s students are getting ready to share the details of the revenue-generating businesses they’ve developed over the past semester.

Starting Your Own Business (BUS 181-01) was designed with a simple purpose: to harness entrepreneurial skills and thinking and apply both to real world experiences. This allows students to identify opportunities to create their own sustainable solutions that speak to their skills and passions.

Professor Mungalsingh is a visiting professor from Babson College, teaching at RCC for the first time. The course is powered by Babson’s Entrepreneurial Thought and Action ® Methodology, whereby the text From Ideas to Action shepherds her students through the process, helping to identify and influence venture creation.

“The ventures developed during this class are already revenue-generating while still in their infancy,” says Professor Mungalsingh. “These students have created models for sustainability and growth. All of these students are at the stage where they are actively interacting with customers. The next steps for these business ventures are incubation and successful launch.”

As each student steps up to the podium to discuss the progress of his or her small business, the products or services developed are more and more impressive. Laidy Loff Barbos created Goalz, a net designed specifically for beach soccer. Karianna Issac used her own experience as an asthmatic and the mother of a child with asthma to develop Breathing Made Easy, a holistic asthma prevention service. Zoahrab Haider designed HomeZ, a home buying application designed to assist realtors and brokers. And Dina L. Montero worked to help her friend and business partner expand the customer base for Capre’s Kitchen, a healthy, full-service catering company.

As the students present their business ventures to their classmates, one is immediately impressed by both the quality of the products developed, and with the professionalism of the presenters. All of the students are well-versed on current business technology and trends.

RCC_4330“We cover digital marketing—including social media and web content management—in this course. The students really learn all of the skills required for a successful career in business,” says Professor Mungalsingh.

It’s clear that the students in this course are learning about how the business world operates, in addition to building their entrepreneurial skill set. Professor Mungalsingh hopes to continue teaching this course well into the future.

Entrepreneurship Seminar: Create Your Own Job

This seminar is offered through RCC’s Department of Corporate and Community Education & Lifelong Learning.  The course is geared towards individuals who are formalizing a business idea or who are in the early stages of starting a business.  This seminar is brought to you through a partnership between the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Right and Economic Justice and Roxbury Community College.

The course meets Mondays, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., starting in September 2016. To sign up or learn more, email LHagen@rcc.mass.edu, call 617-933-7410 or visit www.rcc.mass.edu/LL.

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