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.

Coursework

Students who successfully complete all ten courses listed here will earn a PGCC Certificate for the Business Owners Success Series.

Course Descriptions

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# 11658    Monday    9/9/24    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# 11660    Monday/Wednesday   9/16 & 9/18/24    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# 11662    Monday/Wednesday    9/23 & 9/25/24     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# 11664    Monday/Wednesday     9/30 & 10/2/24    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# 11667    Monday/Wednesday    10/7 & 10/9/24   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# 11670    Saturday        10/19/24       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# 11671   Tuesday     10/22/24      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# 11672    Saturday      10/26/24       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# 11677    Monday       10/28/24      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# 11681   Thursday      10/31/24       6:30–9:30 p.m.           Remote/Canvas

*Tuition waiver for age 60+. Student pays registration and lab fees.

eLearning Methods at PGCC

Online

Learning on Your Own Time

Students taking an online class can access course content 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and engage in discussions using Canvas with their instructors and fellow learners. Instructors will set deadlines and due dates for assignments, tests, projects, and other coursework.

Remote

Learning in Real Time

Students taking a remote class will meet online via the Canvas platform at scheduled times. Students will access learning materials, view 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 log in 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 
Registration Instructions

View these instructions for logging in to Owl Link and registering for Continuing Education classes.   

Submit a Registration Form

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.