New York Small Business Development Center Launches Online Course on How to Start a Business

September 14, 2017

Latest edition free for entrepreneurs, military veterans, and New York State Educator

Albany – The New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC), a not for profit consulting organization for new and existing businesses, released the latest edition of its online entrepreneurial education course, EntreSkills™. EntreSkills™ was developed with the assistance of educators and small business specialists, and is available for clients of the NY SBDC.

EntreSkills™ comes in three versions: for entrepreneurs, for military veterans and for New York State educators. The versions for entrepreneurs and military veterans are available to all NY SBDC clients. EntreSkills for Educators™ is free for all New York state educators.

Dedicated to providing entrepreneurial education to schools, universities, existing small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs, the NY SBDC first revealed the EntreSkills™ course in 2001. Since its inception, the core chapters have been enhanced with features such as a business plan builder, informative videos and small business success stories.

EntreSkills™ is designed to be used in its entirety, as a supplement to other resources or as a guide to focus on certain areas of business, like marketing, procurement or conducting business online. The educators' version includes the ability to monitor students' progress through tests, the business plan builder and other interactive capabilities.

For more information about EntreSkills™, visit or contact Kathy Fitzmaurice at 518-944-2850 or

About the New York Small Business Development Center

The NY SBDC, administered by SUNY, has 24 regional service centers located throughout the New York State on SUNY, City University of New York (CUNY) and private university campuses. Since inception in 1984, the SBDC has provided small business advisement services to more than 374,000 New Yorkers. The SBDC also provides training and business research to existing business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC clients have invested more than $6 billion in NY, impacting more than 165,000 jobs. 

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, local communities, and host campuses. As a result of this leveraged support, the SBDC staff provides confidential one-on-one business advisement services at no direct cost to the citizens and entrepreneurs of New York. For more information about the SBDC, visit

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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