Make Small Business Happen at GCC!
The Small Business, Entrepreneur and Innovation Hub of the West Valley
If your dream is to start a small business or a venture, GCC has the resources you need. From small business and entrepreneurship programs to opportunities to fund your business through pitch competitions and grant programs, you will find the resources and the help you need to pursue your dream of business ownership.
More importantly, you will learn how to think like an entrepreneur so you can spot business opportunities now and in the future. Get the tools you need to run your own business:
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Courses
Small Business Management Programs
These courses cover the most important aspects of starting and managing a small business: planning, operations, marketing, customer service, employee relations, bookkeeping and taxes.
Innovation Challenge pitching competition
Pitch your business idea in the GCC Innovation Challenge student pitching competition and you can win cash prizes totaling $5,000 from our sponsor Credit Union West who has been sponsoring the competition since 2019. In addition to winning cash, this competition is a great opportunity for all GCC students to develop their business idea while learning about entrepreneurship and pitching with the help of faculty and business mentors. To participate, click the "Pitch your idea button" to enroll in the Innovation Hub Canvas course where you will submit your video and access all the information.
Make Business Happen at GCC Grant
Fund or scale your small business start-up with this grant. Once a semester, students who are actively working on starting their business or side hustle can apply for the Make Business Happen grant. A grant of $2500 per student will be awarded to one or two students a semester to be applied directly to starting or growing their business.