Genesee Community College Provides Scholarships to Emerging Entrepreneurs of All Ages and Interests

Have an idea for a new product or better service? Genesee Community College is seeking individuals with big dreams, innovative ideas and a desire to be their own boss to take part in a new entrepreneurship scholarship program. The program is targeted at anyone who would like to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit or explore business opportunities in any industry, from educators to chefs, artists to manufacturers, computer geeks to cowboys.

As part of the collaborative WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) grant, Genesee Community College will be reimbursing participants for the cost of tuition and books for two college entrepreneurship courses through the WIRED Emerging Entrepreneurs Scholarship program. These scholarship grants are valued at approximately $500 per semester and will be allotted over the next two years for students attending two targeted entrepreneurship classes.

Eligible Emerging Entrepreneurs program courses at Genesee Community College are: Business 111 / Exploring Business Opportunities, and Business 225 / Entrepreneurship. The first course, Business 111, will be available at three campus locations as indicated below:

  • Albion Campus Center, Mondays starting August 25 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM for 16 weeks
  • Batavia Campus, Thursdays starting September 25 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM for 12 weeks
  • Dansville Campus Center, Tuesdays starting September 23 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM for 12 weeks

This course explores personal characteristics of an entrepreneur, investigates and identifies business opportunities, and presents business criteria prior to start-up as a basic foundation for entrepreneurial success.

The second course, Business 225: Entrepreneurship, being offered in Spring 2009, is a capstone course that studies the critical process of developing a bona fide business plan. Topics include concept development, management, legal, regulation, marketing research and penetration, pricing, and financial perspectives. At the completion of this program, participants will have a business plan to take to a lender. Both courses are worth three college credits each and will be offered at the Batavia Campus and the designated campus centers.

“We hope that this scholarship program raises awareness that entrepreneurship is a viable career option,” said Barbara Shine, Assistant Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship. “The courses are designed to help participants take their dreams step by step and turn them into reality.”

There are a limited number of scholarship seats for this program. Applicants must be a resident of Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, or Wyoming County for the past six months, and also be a US citizen, national, refugee alien, or permanent resident alien.

Interested individuals should submit the scholarship application form and related materials as soon as possible. The application deadline for the Albion Campus Center is August 15, for Batavia and Dansville Campus Center the deadline is September 10. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Scholarship awardees will be notified prior to the start of each course.

“The Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship Program will allow us to develop the talent and resources in our communities that help propel economic competitiveness and local job growth,” Shine said. “This program is a key strategy to energize the region’s entrepreneurial economy.”

For more information or application forms go to: or contact Barb Shine at (585) 343-0055 x6319 or