Business and Financial Planning

Learn new ways to make and save money or explore the steps you need to secure a comfortable retirement.

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  • Register online by selecting "Add to Cart" on the desired course(s) and select "Cart" at the bottom of the page when you are ready to process your registration.
    • The “Seats Left” information is updated every half hour and when you checkout.
  • Other registration options are available.

NOTE:  Individuals enrolling in on-campus classes must follow the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students and should submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Form. Exemptions to these requirements may be requested based on either religious conviction or health reasons by submitting the appropriate Health Services form.

Courses

Creating a Successful Business Plan

Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also in keeping your business strategically focused. You will work through all the major components of writing a business plan and emerge with your first draft in hand. And most importantly, you will have completed the first—and most difficult—step on the path to small business success.

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears is My Classroom.

Creating a Successful Business Plan
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Online, 2/15 - 4/7 ZILC-014 600 15 seats left $115
Online, 3/15 - 5/5 ZILC-014 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/12 - 6/2 ZILC-014 602 15 seats left $115

Earn Extra Money with a Mystery Shopping Business

Have you ever wanted to become a mystery shopper? Have you seen ads telling you how to become one, but only if you send them a lot of money? You do not have to pay to begin your new career in this exciting field. In this class, you will learn how to start your business endeavor (participants must also attend Explore 250 Legitimate Home-Based Business Ideas) and learn how to sign up with many legitimate mystery shopping companies without fees; avoid the pitfalls and scams; create a required mystery shopping resume and profile; take care of legalities and taxes regarding this income; and become a merchandiser, too, for extra money. With a few simple steps, you can start mystery shopping today!  Course fee includes $5 materials fee. Students will receive a list of 25 legitimate companies you can apply to. 

This is a remote course via Zoom

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Earn Extra Money with a Mystery Shopping Business
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Wednesday, 3/8
5:00 pm - 5:55 pm
ZBFP-048 600 18 seats left $29

Explore 250 Legitimate Home Based Business Ideas

Tired of working for someone else? Do you need to make more money? Turn your talents and hobbies into profits by starting a home business. Taught by a former chamber of commerce president and award-winning business owner, this is probably the most comprehensive business startup workshop you will ever find. You will discover more than 250 legitimate home business ideas and learn about mandatory legal documentation, the many ways to market your product or service, and how to take tax deductions (this workshop included!). Course fee includes $5 materials fee.

This is a remote course via Zoom.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Explore 250 Legitimate Home Based Business Ideas
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Wednesday, 3/8
6:00 pm - 7:55 pm
ZBFP-033 600 15 seats left $45

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit

A few key decisions can make a big difference in the amount of your Social Security benefit. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn strategies to get the most money from Social Security. Learn how to plan for taxes, health care and other costs during retirement, as well as how to wisely grow and protect your retirement income. This session will cover key Social Security benefit choices, such as individual and spousal options, and help you understand simple steps to maximize your benefit. Join us before you make financial decisions that may not be able to be reversed. Course fee includes a $5 materials fee.

Course will meet in the Administration Building, Room 106

Frank Finch,Instructor

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefit
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Tuesday, 4/25
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
ZBFP-047 600 14 seats left $19

Monetize Websites, Blogs and Social Media

Earn a passive monthly income from selling other people’s products by placing a merchant-provided advertisement link on your site and get a commission for every sale, click or lead. Learn where to find 1000+ free and low-cost opportunities and how to avoid scams or links that won’t offer a beneficial ROI (return on investment). Learn how to find high, recurring, and second-tier commissions. You’ll also learn SEO secrets to increase your site’s ranking and visibility on search engines like Google. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.

This is a remote course via Zoom.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Monetize Websites, Blogs and Social Media
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Thursday, 3/9
6:00 pm - 6:55 pm
ZBFP-073 600 20 seats left $29

NYS Notary Signing Agent

If you are currently a New York State notary public and always wanted to explore earning additional income with your current notary commission, this seminar is for you !After completing this basic introductory course, you will have the opportunity to work on a freelance basis in your own independent business by working with mortgage, title and signing companies who will hire you on a per-job assignment, where you may earn from $75 to $150 or more for notarizing and presenting mortgage loan documents. All materials are included in this course, which features a step-by-step guide book, sample loan documents, 20-page mortgage glossary and a YouTube mock loan signing. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.

Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 113

Victor Bujanow, Instructor

NYS Notary Signing Agent
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Thursday, 5/4
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ZBFP-078 600 18 seats left $54

Notary Public Review Workshop

This workshop prepares you for the New York State notary public test and will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the notary public’s role. Confusing laws, concepts and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that a notary public is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal liability. This workshop is a must for candidates who want to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in becoming a notary. All materials will be provided, including website information, booklets and forms. Also featured is an 80-question practice exam that attempts to emulate the actual New York State mandatory exam. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee.

Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 113

Victor Bujanow, Instructor

Notary Public Review Workshop
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Thursday, 4/13
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
ZBFP-015 600 16 seats left $54

Save Money with Extreme Couponing

Learn how to save money every day with extreme couponing. Coupons are not just for groceries. The savings can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshop will teach you where to find all different types of coupons, even for high-ticket items; how to find the best coupon apps and websites; how to match coupons with sales for maximum savings; and how to find other people to trade coupons and merchandise with. This workshop is taught by someone who has used many couponing secrets to save thousands. Course fee includes $5 materials fee. 

This is a remote course via Zoom.

LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor 

Save Money with Extreme Couponing
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Saturday, 3/11
11:00 am - 11:55 am
ZBFP-147 600 18 seats left $29

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Community and Professional Education

Brahan Hall, Room 033

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)