Community Economic Development Fund

Frequently Asked Questions


Are the courses really free? Is there a catch?

No catch. Always free. This is a stipulation of the philanthropist that underwrote the program and awarded it to Santa Clara University.

How long does it take to complete each course? Do I have to take the quizzes and tests?

If you are really serious about risking savings, assets and time pursuing a business dream, whether it is a new venture or an expansion of your current operation, you owe it to yourself and your stakeholders (employees, family, investors and customers) to be as well-prepared as possible. In fact you have an obligation to reduce their risk. So you should certainly study all of the sessions, take the quizzes and complete any suggested activities. University representatives tell us that each session takes from one to four hours obtain a reasonable understanding of the topics. Naturally, an individual’s prior experience, attitude toward study and ability to focus will impact the time required. But these lessons may be the best and at the same time least expensive investment you can make in your future.

How will a certificate of completion help me?

It shows you have seriously and prudently prepared yourself for undertaking your enterprise. If you expect a partner, a lender or other investor, or a future customer to risk their money or time in you, it is ideal to be able to demonstrate that you have taken care to master these important courses.

More questions? Visit the My Own Business Institute FAQ page.

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