Business Start Up & Entrepreneurship

plan, strategize, and market for business growth

Starting and sustaining a business is a challenge that requires constant planning and skill development, so Corporate College, in partnership with the Business Innovation Center (BIC) strives to offer courses and programs that matter to local businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators. BIC classes will keep evolving depending on the needs of our community. Classes focus on various areas of business including marketing, planning, human resources, operations, and accounting.

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The mission of the Business Innovation Center (BIC) is to foster entrepreneurship. The BIC provides a supportive environment to start-up businesses increasing the probability of success while seeking to provide the ideal blend of business opportunities, resources, and synergies to enhance entrepreneurial development in Northwest Florida.

Programs include classes, initial discovery session, direct business assistance, guidance and mentoring, networking to capital, access to incubation space, and other technical resources. The BIC offices are located in the Corporate College suite, Student Union East, room 200 at Gulf Coast State College - Panama City Campus.

Business Planning Workshop  

Whether you are looking to create or launch a new start-up business or just need help to the next level with your existing business, this workshop can help you get there!  You will be able to work on drafting a solid business plan step-by-step in a supportive work environment. 

The workshop is an open entry - open exit course in which you can enroll anytime and come in as many times as you need for up to 10 weeks.

Dates to be announced

Bootstrap Marketing Techniques  

An overview of marketing techniques and digital applications that are little to no cost for anyone who is trying to promote a business, event, cause or personal brand.

Dates to be announced


Coffee & Conversation in the Community:  do you have an event you would like to share?

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For information, please contact Corporate College

Export University 101

EXPORT UNIVERSITY is a training program developed by the District Export Council to help companies begin an export initiative and to gain skills and innovation in their international sales. Delivered by the U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Department of Commerce), Export 101 is designed for new‐to‐export firms that would like expert advice and tools on the export basics. Attendees will receive a certificate following completion of this course. 

This course is ideal for marketing and sales management and staff, export operations personnel, purchasing, logistics, and anyone with a responsibility for export functions. Course goals include: 1) evaluating export readiness; 2) developing an export marketing plan; and, 3) understanding the basics about U.S. export regulations, 4) international logistics, and 5) how to ensure that you get paid.  This course will not cover the topic of foreign or outsourced manufacturing or importing into the U.S.

Interested in Export University 101 training? Contact Corporate College.


 Visit the Business Innovation Center's website for videos or if you missed one of our events recorded by the Gulf Coast State College Commodore Production team.

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