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Starting a new business or growing an existing one is a demanding and tough job. The real secret to success is an eagerness to learn and having access to knowledge, experience, and expertise of others. The New Jersey Council of County Colleges and the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) developed the Entrepreneur Certificate Program (ECP). This 33 1/2 hour program gives entrepreneurs and existing small business owners an opportunity to learn how to successfully start and expand business operations. The ECP allows small business owners the flexibility to complete the curriculum at their own pace, on a course-by-course basis. The courses and workshops offered will familiarize entrepreneurs and small business owners with business plans, legal issues, marketing strategies, financial statements, small business taxes and small business record-keeping systems. Want to improve your business skills? Take one of our comprehensive courses to increase your knowledge and enhance your skills, or take all of our courses and receive an Entrepreneur Certificate.



Next stage Growth | Growth Acceleration

Tens of thousands of established small businesses and entrepreneurs have tapped the NJSBDC network for customized, one-on-one management consulting and training for more than three decades. Companies that use NJSBDC’s comprehensive services report accelerated growth and improved access to capital financing. Contact us today and let us help you turn your passion into a business.




In the case of impending bad or disastrous weather, we want to make sure you and your business are ready for any type of disruption. Below are some resources to help you plan and be prepared for anything.

Immediate Local Resources

New Jersey County Office of Emergency Management Coordinators
County Access and Functional Needs Liaisons

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Disaster Recovery Information

In the case of a disaster, the NJSBDC wants to ensure you and your business have the tools you need. Below is a directory of major disaster recovery contacts.



Online training | Growth Acceleration

Don’t have a business background? With NJSBDC you don’t need one. We will provide you with access to a multitude of online classes that will teach you everything you need to grow a successful business. We will work tirelessly to make sure you can keep up with the top businesses in your sector. Our online classes cover all aspects of online small business strategies such as social media, digital marketing, e-commerce and more. If you are looking for more than just a class, we offer certifications as well. With our Digital Blueprint Certificate and Entrepreneur Certificate Program (ECP), turn your knowledge into expertise. Keep an eye open for any internet related courses for your business to take the step into the 21st century.

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starting Your Business

If you are planning on starting a small business, NJSBDC, with the help of the Small Business Administration (SBA), is here to make your small business dreams a reality. Become a client and see how.

Expanding Your Business

If you are an existing business with annual revenue of up to $1 million or have more than $1 million in revenue and/or 10 or more employees, NJSBDC can help you expand your market share as a company and grow your vision into a successful company. Become a client and see how.

Host Institutions

Annual Key Sponsors

Financial Supporter

Major funding partners

The New Jersey Sustainable Business program is funded by the USEPA, and is part of an EPA Region 2 Toxic Reductions initiative that also includes projects being conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. All services extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.