Most business owners and prospective entrepreneurs have a common goal—success! Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) has the resources to help you grow and prosper. With an instructional team of experts in various business subjects, the Business Owners Success Series (BOSS) program will help you develop new entrepreneurial skills and strengthen existing ones.
Students who successfully complete all ten courses listed here will earn a PGCC Certificate for the Business Owners Success Series.
BUS-592: Let's Do This! Moving from Business Idea to Execution
Jump-start your business with an action-oriented workshop on strategic planning. Complete exercises that help you go through the steps required to go from an idea to execution. Learn to make smart goals and action steps to accomplish those goals as well as discovering your internal assets, service refinement, understanding, and implementing best practices, and engaging in SWOT analysis. Instructor: Karlene Sinclair-Robinson. One session, $45
Syn# 03536 Monday 9/11/23 6:30–9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-418: Business Plan: Developing the Blueprint for Success 0.6 CEU
Develop goals and objectives for your business ventures by examining the many elements of the business plan and the dynamic nature of the planning process. One hour lunch break. Training materials are provided. Instructor: Karlene Sinclair-Robinson. Two sessions, $75*
Syn# 03537 Monday/Wednesday 9/18 & 9/20/23 6:30-9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-411: Financial Aspects of Your Business 0.6 CEU
Learn how to fund and grow your business, and how to manage your money. Discuss banking relationships and what banks look for in a business. Compare the differences between a line and loan, learn what a factor is, and understand the difference between conventional loans and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Training materials are provided. Instructor: Karlene Sinclair-Robinson. Two sessions, $75*
Syn# 03538 Monday/Wednesday 9/25 & 9/27/23 6:30-9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-427: Accounting and Recordkeeping for Small Businesses 0.6 CEU
A certified public accountant explains various methods of accounting, their functions, and the factors to consider when selecting the method for your business. Topics include a case study of an accounting system for a small business, required documentation for business transactions, and the recommended retention for business records. Instructor: Thomas Scurlock. Two sessions, $75*
Syn# 03539 Monday/Wednesday 10/2 & 10/4/23 6:30-9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-435: Basic Federal Tax Information for Small Businesses 0.6 CEU
This course provides guidelines for new or prospective business owners on their rights and obligations under our nation’s tax system. Topics include types of business entities and the advantages and disadvantages of each, the range of required tax forms, payroll requirements, and reporting and initial filing requirements with the federal government and state taxing authorities. This course is taught by someone who specializes in start-up businesses. Instructor: Thomas Scurlock. Two sessions, $75*
Syn# 03540 Monday/Wednesday 10/9/23 & 10/11/23 6:30-9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-440: Marketing Strategies for Today and Tomorrow 0.6 CEU
Learn the timeless marketing basics that every business owner must know, including marketing metrics, targeting by profiling, advertising, sales, customer service, web strategies, and more. Instructor: Robert Gatewood. One session, $75*
Syn# 03541 Saturday 10/14/23 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-600: Branding Your Business for Success 0.3 CEU
This course provides an overview on branding; how to develop and market your brand to your audience; and creative strategies on how to package your business for success. It helps you determine your brand’s identity and how to present it visually, e.g., logos, marketing materials, and websites. It is not enough to have an idea—you must learn how to package it and this class helps you do just that! Instructor: Latoya Benson. One session, $45
Syn# 03542 Wednesday 10/17/23 6:30–9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
CED-329: Creating Visuals to Brand Your Business
This course is designed to help small business owners identify and explore the components and process used to create an image for your business. This instructive and interactive course helps small business owners understand branding strategies used to promote a business, extend a business brand, and build a business image. Instructor: Stacey Brown. One session, $70 (includes a $25 lab fee)
Syn# 03543 Saturday 10/21/23 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-575: Social Media Strategy
Social media is here to stay. Find out which network is right for you and how to make it work for your business. Instructor: Robert Gatewood. One session, $45
Syn# 03544 Monday 10/23/23 6:30–9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
BUS-546 Networking Works!
Rub elbows with the owners and management of the companies you are targeting. Discover the many benefits and proven techniques of effective networking. Instructor: Robert Gatewood. One session, $45
Syn# 03545 Thursday 10/26/23 6:30–9:30 p.m. Remote/Canvas
*Tuition waiver for age 60+. Student pays registration and lab fees.
Learning on your own time
Students taking an online class can access course content 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have discussions with their instructors and fellow learners using Canvas. Deadlines and due dates will be set for assignments, test, projects, and the like.
Learning in real time
Students that take a remote class will meet online via the Canvas platform at scheduled times with set deadlines and due dates. Students will access learning materials, assignments, and participate in discussions via Canvas.
How to Register
Registering online via Owl Link is the fastest and gives you the best chance to get the classes you want. You’ll need an email address and a credit card to register online.
- If you have enrolled before, click here to login and register.
- If you are a new student, click here to create a student account. Follow the prompts. You’ll receive two emails with your login name and password information. Use these to log in to Owl Link from www.pgcc.edu.
Click here for instructions on how to login to Owl Link and search and register for Continuing Education classes.
Students are encouraged to register for classes on their own through Owl Link, but may also submit a registration form online to the Office of Records and Registration.