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Our Pathways to Entrepreneurship workforce training program prepares you for your venture into entrepreneurship. Learn core competencies in business planning, market research, budgeting and accounting, human resources, managing risk, growth strategies and much more. Includes 1-on-1 consultation.

Approx. Number of Hours/Weeks:

80 hours/10 weeks

Program Cost:**


Est. Hourly Wage:*

Income varies by business

Min. Occupational Requirements:


Entrepreneur Job Overview

An entrepreneur identifies a need in the marketplace and comes up with an innovative business solution to fill that need and takes on both the risks and rewards of implementing their idea. As the leader of their company, an entrepreneur assumes full responsibility for the execution and success of the business on a daily basis, including creating a business plan, doing market research, developing a sales and marketing plan, developing and creating a budget, pricing and margin analysis, managing human resources, managing risk, and navigating future growth strategies. 


The 10-week self-paced format allows participants the flexibility to work at their own pace while still adhering to weekly assignments. Each week, you will explore different topics covering essential aspects of entrepreneurship, such as recognizing and evaluating business opportunities, creating business plans, marketing strategies, financial management, and more. All classes are online/asynchronous with an assigned 1-on-1 consultant.

View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule.  

Learn the nuts and bolts of becoming an entrepreneur, from business planning to legal business entity formation. Get an overview of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), its services, and what you can expect entering the business world including the business plan, finance management, funding sources and marketing – your guide to a successful future in the business world. Meet 1-on-1 with a consultant to better understand your business venture and to help you create your individualized content for Pathways to Entrepreneurship (second course in series) as well as provide resources for success.

Upcoming Course Start Dates for 2024

  • Feb. 5
  • March 4
  • April 8

Prepare for your venture into entrepreneurship. An entrepreneur is most successful when they are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of the business landscape. Find out everything you need to know to own and operate your own business. Get your business started on a solid foundation with core competencies including business planning, market research, budgeting and accounting, human resources, managing risk, growth strategies and much more. Includes 1-on-1 consultation.

Upcoming Course Start Dates for 2024

  • Feb. 6 – March 26
  • March 5 – April 23
  • April 9 – May 28


Full Scholarship & a Chance to Win $5,000 to Start Your Business

Maryland Business Opportunity Center (MBOC) has made full scholarship funding available for the non-credit Pathways to Entrepreneurship certificate program, a two-course program that prepares you to venture into entrepreneurship. The program is offered online, asynchronously, providing flexible access.

Funding is available to credit and non-credit students!

  • Eligible credit students receive a scholarship to cover the full cost of the program and up to 4 billable hours of in-county credit tuition.
  • Eligible non-credit students receive a scholarship to cover the full cost of the program and concurrent enrollment in related non-credit courses or workforce development programs.
  • All students who complete the Pathways program leave with a business plan they can submit to the Pathways Challenge where the winning entrepreneur will receive $5,000 to start their business!

MBOC Scholarship Fund Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled in at least 3 credits for the current semester. (Credit students only.)
  • In good academic standing. (Credit students only.)
  • Maryland resident.
  • Currently engaged in or planning to engage in future entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Planning to enroll in Pathways to Entrepreneurship certificate program.

How to Apply

Complete the CET/Credit Financial Assistance Application online. Questions? Call Continuing Education and Training at 410-386-8100 or email

Licensure/certification earned

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification sponsored by Intuit and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Workforce, Business & Community Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

410-386-8100 |

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.