CCBP is an executive education program for small business owners aligned with the core curriculum of the MBA program at Columbia Business School. Participants will receive one-on-one business counseling, entrepreneurial education, and professionally facilitated peer learning. The program helps established business owners focus on their goals, maximize their time, increase revenues, build the right team, and make a big leap forward.


The program year is divided into four semesters and aligns with the core curriculum of the MBA program at Columbia Business School. Summers offer CEOs and their next-level managers the option of attending skills trainings designed to build on the educational modules of the previous semester. An important element of the second-year curriculum is intensive training on the procurement process.

The program consists of three hour instructor led classes on specified topics offered weekly or on alternate weeks.  After completion of each module, students work together in small groups in order to develop business goals incorporating their studies.  Once a semester, students meet with instructors one on one to review goals. 

CCBP participants also have access to the broadly-offered resources of the Columbia University-Harlem Small Business Development Center and select Business School offerings during the program and beyond. At the conclusion of the program, students will have completed an operations manual, a human resources manual and a case study.  Upon graduation, CCBP alumni receive a certificate of completion and credits towards the Certificate in Business Excellence conferred by Columbia Business School. After graduation, CCBP alumni can continue to work closely with CH-SBDC counselors and participate in Columbia University entrepreneurship events. 

CCBP Curriculum Overview

Module I: Leadership Essentials

Module II: Business Strategy 

Module III: Finance & Accounting

Module IV: Human Resource Management 

Module V: Operations Management 

Module VI: Technology & Innovation

Module VII: Sales, Marketing, & Branding

Module VIII: Growth & New Ventures

Module IX: Final OIP Presentation & Graduation