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CCAC, YWCA Provide Microenterprise Certificate Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2009   (0 Comments)
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Training helps women begin their own businesses

PITTSBURGH – April 28, 2009 — In cooperation with the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will offer the Enterprising Women—Microenterprise Ownership Certificate Program. This 30-hour, non-credit program is designed for women who want to start a microenterprise but do not know where to begin.
“The Microenterprise Ownership Certificate Program is yet another example of the innovative initiatives CCAC offers to support the economy of our region,” said Dr. Alex Johnson, CCAC president. “It is our hope that this program will provide entrepreneurial women with the tools they need to start their own small businesses.”
A microenterprise is defined as a business with five or fewer employees and less than $35,000 in start-up capital. The 10-week course offers a step-by-step guide leading to the successful completion of a feasibility plan for a start-up business. Topics include personal financial readiness, mission statements, legal structures, licenses and permits, marketing plans, business costs, basic financial statements and funding streams.
“The YWCA is all about empowering women to achieve greater educational and financial success,” said Magdeline E. Jensen, chief executive officer of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. “This program will enhance our work by allowing more women to get the training they need to start their own microenterprise. We are excited to be working with CCAC to make this opportunity available to more women in our community.”
Students who successfully complete the course requirements will gain access to business support groups as well as micro-financing and marketing opportunities. They will also be assisted by business and life coaches and referred to other small-business support resources.
The program will be offered from June 9 to Aug. 11 at CCAC Allegheny Campus on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. For information about costs and to register, contact the YWCA at 412.255.6749 (or 6742).
About CCAC
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.
About the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is a women’s membership movement committed to the elimination of racism and the economic empowerment of women and girls. For more information about the YWCA’s programs and services, visit <>  or call 412.391.5100.

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