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CCBC Center for Business Innovation

Ideas for a Better Future

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CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation works to expand the economy one business at a time.

The Center for Business Innovation (CBI) is dedicated to serving CCBC students and alumni who are interested in learning how to turn their ideas for new products, services, business and organizations into sustainable entities. Entrepreneurial-minded students and alumni are mentored by School of Business, Technology & Law faculty and local business owners.

Our goals:

  • promote entrepreneurship among students & alumni
  • foster economic development in the community
  • help students apply classroom concepts to real-world challenge

Featured Initiatives

Business Plan Competition

CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation held its 7th Annual Business Plan Competition on Saturday, February 1, 2020 on our Catonsville campus. Twelve participants competed for $62,500 in seed money to help jumpstart their businesses. Six winners were selected with the 1st place winner receiving $20,000. Nichelle Roane and Todd Sheridan pitched the winning business plan for their company Treehouse Juicery, which produces and delivers delightfully rich, premium cold-pressed juices to residential and commercial customers.

Entrepreneurship Classes

In addition to offering ACBSP accredited business and management courses, CCBC also offers a unique course, MNGT 216, that allows students to serve as consultants to a start-up so they can apply the principles and concepts in the classroom to a real business.

Students earn 3 credits in this unique elective. There are no exams and there are no textbooks. Instead, students evaluate each other’s performance as they work in teams to help a business get started. Leading the students is Associate Professor Dennis Sullivan, who has launched more than 100 products and businesses in his career.

Training Opportunities

Preview of Opening a New Business: An introductory course designed to expose participants to critical aspects that must be considered to ensure the success and sustainability of a new business venture.

Small Business Ownership program: This 12-session program covers all manners of business topics, including: finance, project management, business law, accounting principles and marketing.

Think & Grow Seminar Series: A series of workshops which are designed to expand the knowledge and skills and build confidence among new startups to help them success.

B'more BOLD Business Conference for Entrepreneurs & Innovators

Big, Bold Solutions for Baltimore-area Start-ups & Growth Companies. This is the time to B’more BOLD! As Baltimore-area businesses reopen, CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation is proud to bring together thought-provoking speakers and innovative business owners so you can…

  • Re-unite: meet with the area’s leading business minds.
  • Re-think: discover new & emerging ideas you can use.
  • Re-build: take home practical strategies to help you grow.

Plus, participate in our Pitch Competition where you can play the “shark” or pitch your idea and win $2,000!

Keynote speaker: Ozzie Newsome Jr., former general manager of the Baltimore Ravens