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Entrepreneurship Degree Program with Online Option Starts this Spring at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 15, 2012

This spring, Hudson Valley Community College will offer a 64-credit Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Entrepreneurship for students interested in starting a business or for small business owners looking to expand or refine their operations. The program can be completed on campus during the day or entirely online starting this spring or fall semester.

The curriculum, based on the fundamental skills necessary for success in a private business venture, offers courses in entrepreneurial finance, the entrepreneurial mindset, small business management, legal issues for small business owners and marketing. Students conclude their coursework with the development of an actionable business plan, ready for financing and implementation, in addition to undertaking an internship with a local business to gain first-hand experience of entrepreneurship in the community.

“For many, it is a life-long dream to start, own and operate a small business. By providing a strong foundation in finance, management, sales and strategy, this program gives students the entrepreneurial skills necessary to pursue that dream,” says James J. Williams, department chairperson for the Accounting/Marketing and the Business Advisement Center at Hudson Valley. “At the same time, those already running businesses and looking to advance their skill set, can learn a great deal from the program.”

Williams notes that this is the only credit-based degree program with a singular focus on entrepreneurship in the Capital Region and beyond. “This program fills an education gap that exists within about a 150-mile radius of this area,” he says.

Small business growth is “lively and healthy in the Capital Region,” according to William Brigham, director of the New York State Small Business Development Center. He sees the many new industries currently taking root in the region as opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking to provide related materials and/or services. Each year, says Brigham, his organization works with an average of 1,000 small businesses seeking to improve or broaden their operations.

The college is currently enrolling students for the spring semester which begins on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. For more information, go to: or contact the department at (518) 629-7148. You may also talk to a Hudson Valley admissions counselor at (518) 629-7309.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.