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Cañada College Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities

The center is designed to help small business owners in San Mateo County

Knowing that small business is the lifeblood of our economy, Cañada College created a comprehensive resource center aptly named the Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO). Since its launch in January 2012 the college has dedicated faculty and administrative resources to support the development of new start-ups and to assist existing businesses, teaching essential skills and providing knowledge that any business needs. Through a variety of classes, workshops and seminars, along with personalized one-on-one small business coaching, businesses at any level of growth are welcome to receive assistance in order to grow and thrive.

The positive impact is to create jobs and businesses to spur responsible economic growth. Business owners going through programs like this have a better chance of staying in business, even through tough times. They have planned for success while learning to avoid disastrous pitfalls that have made other businesses close their doors. The CEO has made a direct impact on over 300 people at all phases of small business success in San Mateo County and beyond. We received two mini-grants from the CCC State Chancellor's Office and a Wells Fargo grant to host a speaker and workshop series and offer financial education services to our diverse student body and business community.

Through distance learning and hybrid on-line courses, students will learn current and comprehensive skills they need to create and maintain successful small businesses. The center will offer feature speakers from local industries and provide internships for local businesses.

A new 24-unit Certificate of Achievement in Entrepreneurship will incorporate industry specific contextualized tools to engage students from diverse backgrounds to become successful entrepreneurs. “Whenever I mention the center at public meetings, I get the most enthusiastic response from our local business leaders,” said Kay O’Neill, Director of Workforce Development at the college. “There are already students lined up who want to use the center to learn how to start their own businesses.”

For more information about the center, contact Catherine Fraser at (650) 306-3160 or, or see

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