Entrepreneurial Assistance Center

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is EAP?
  2. How does EAP work?
  3. What can I expect from EAP?
  4. What courses are offered in the EAP program?
  5. Who teaches the EAP courses?
  6. What is the goal of EAP?
  7. What does it cost?

What is EAP?

The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) is a grant-funded program created to assist potential and existing entrepreneurs in the creation and expansion of their businesses. EAP is partially funded by the Empire State Development Corporation to provide for the development and implementation of a business training program. Through a series of courses, seminars, counseling and technical assistance, participants can maximize their knowledge of business operations.

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How does EAP work?

The ten (10) week business training program is designed for client entrepreneurs to interact in forty-five (45) hours of required business courses and a minimum of fifteen (15) hours of management and technical assistance seminars. Each session is three (3) hours long; classes are held in the evenings from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

Special efforts are made to recruit and select minorities, women and the physically challenged.

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What can I expect from EAP?

Client entrepreneurs receive one-on-one counseling, assistance with packaging business loans, mentor support and peer group support.

A major requirment of the training program is the completion of a business plan by participants. To achieve this goal, various sections of the business plan have been incorporated into the required core business courses.

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What courses are offered in the EAP program?

Client entrepreneurs will participate in the following:

Entrepreneurial Training Courses:
Principles of Entrepreneurship
* Fundamentals of Financial Management
* Management and Operations
* Product Development and Marketing

Management and Technical Assistance Seminars:
* Law for the Small Business Owner
* Computer Applications for the Small Business
* Managerial Communications
* How to Secure Financing to Start and Expand Your Business
* Taxes for the Small Business Owner

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Who teaches the EAP courses?

Classes are conducted by successful business owners and professors at Suffolk Community College.

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What is the goal of EAP?

Our goal is to empower our clients with the knowledge to make good business decisions. This will enable them to run successful businesses in this competitive environment.

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What is the cost?

Tuition is $250.00 for target group members. This fee is due upon acceptance into the program and payable by check or money order to Suffolk County Community College-E.A.P.

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