Because Maryland's 140,000 small businesses make up 98 percent of Maryland's economy, educational programs for entrepreneurs are booming. Most colleges and universities offer several for-credit and non-credit courses in entrepreneurship. The following is an overview of those offerings. Other colleges, while they may not have programs specifically aimed at entrepreneurs, also offer courses useful to people who intend to start their own businesses.
University of Maryland College Park: The Michael Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship offers a six-course entrepreneurship concentration for MBA candidates. Courses include New Venture Creation, Evaluating New Venture Opportunities, Financing New Ventures, The Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Team, Intra-Preneurship and Corporate Venturing, and independent study. Phone: Dr. Charles Heller, (301) 405-2144.
University of Maryland University College: Offers a dozen courses, most held at night or on weekends for working business people. They include Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Financial Management of Small Business, Small Business Marketing, Microcomputer Applications, Franchising, Contemporary Issues in Small Business, Home-Based Business, Doing a Business Plan and Managing Growth. Phone: Information, (301) 985-2000.
University of Baltimore: Offers Principles of Entrepreneurship to undergraduates, and a course called Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which covers business plans for research scientists. Students can take either as a special student if not enrolled in an academic major. Phone: Lanni Herron, (301) 625-3205
Morgan State University: Offers a series of special topic seminars called "Friday Nights at Morgan," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the year, open to all non-credit students. The discussions concentrate on problems and pitfalls of running a small business. During the day, Morgan State offers an entrepreneurship course for regularly enrolled students. Others may audit. Morgan also schedules various mini-courses throughout the year, based on need. Phone: Dr. Otis Thomas, business dean, 319-3160.
Towson State University: College of Continuing Studies offers several non-credit courses, including How to Pass Businesses from Generation to Generation, Power Negotiation for Business, Law for the Small Business and Sales Specifics. The school of business offers a for-credit course specifically for entrepreneurs called Small Business Development. Also provides individualized counseling and workshop services to entrepreneurs. Phone: Michael Bachman, 830-3474.
Johns Hopkins University: School of Continuing Studies offers graduate, undergraduate and informal courses to aid the small business person. Courses include Fiscal Planning for Entrepreneurship, New Venture Analysis, The Entrepreneur and Intrapreneurship and Corporate Venturing. Phone: School of Continuing Studies, 338-7185.
University of Maryland at Baltimore County: UMBC has a partnership with The Michael Dingman Center and the Greater Baltimore Committee to run three programs: 1) Entrepreneur's Roundtable, with meetings on special topics every other month. 2) High-Tech Entrepreneur Workshops on specific issues, offered in half-day sessions. A four-session course is offered each semester on starting and managing a growth company. 3) "Meet the Researchers," a breakfast lecture series where researcher-entrepreneur teams are formed for common goals. The breakfasts occur five times in the academic year and will begin Oct. 4. Phone: University Relations, 455-3399.
Loyola College: MBA program includes two courses for entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurship and Business Opportunity Analysis. They deal with business plans, futurism, methods of scenario-building and trends. Auditing permitted. Phone: MBA program, 532-5067
Bowie State University: Offers a regular academic sequence in small business development and the entrepreneur, an undergraduate concentration similar to the UM graduate program. Outside the regular academic program are two courses and one seminar series in The Entrepreneurship Development Program. One course is Preparation for Entrepreneurship, held over two Saturdays. The other is Developing a Business Strategy, a 12-week workshop scheduled for evenings. Workshops for existing businesses cover current issues, financial problems, insurance and business plans. Phone: Richard Lowery, 464-7739
The following are highlights of community college fall offerings available either through the college itself or through the college in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Employment Development.