Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Program

The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship at SCC
Do you want to own your own business?
Do you have the skills, drive, and passion to be an entrepreneur?
How do you get there?
Where do you start?
IBE Open House

The Avista Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at SCC offers a new and innovative approach to help people marry their technical talents with entrepreneurial skills.

Congratulations to Jon Traina for being selected as the Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Student of the Year for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students were voted on by their classmates and the winner was confirmed by the IBE faculty.

This program is for students who aspire to business success - students who have a great idea for a business, but need to learn about the practical aspects of starting and running a company. This three-quarter program helps students fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams through:

  • Fueling opportunities: This is a program for people wired for action - people with a dream and a skill set who are ready to learn the entreprenurial skills to create their own opportunities. The program fills an important gap between four-year institutions and business assistance programs. The six-month IBE program is affordable and open to all people who are serious about pursuing their goals.
  • A wrap-around business curriculum: The CFE program combines academics with real-world insight from business and community leaders. Students learn business and entrepreneurial skills in a hands-on environment. From business planning to human resources, and marketing to inventory management, graduates will develop the skills needed to start a successful business or enhance an existing one.
  • Building connections for success: Successful entrepreneurs know how to make connections. This program is an opportunity to build real-world relationships with the business community. Students will build their own networks of business leaders, peers and community resources. The program is open to everyone: chefs, landscapers, IT professionals, photographers. This diversity is one of the program's strengths. Students learn from each other and make connections that will benefit them for years to come.

This program is Self Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) approved.

Read more about the program's impact on one of its many graduates in this Spokesman Review article of November 29, 2009: "Program Helps Define New Skills for Success."

The CFE has also been featured on Spokane Talks Online in a segment called "Start Up Spokane".

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Applications are currently being accepted. The next program start date is January 4, 2016.

  1. New students only: Apply to SCC (Admissions Office).
    Current students, proceed to step 2.
  2. Complete the online application for the IBE program.
  3. Registration upon acceptance - After the IBE committee accepts a student, the student will be contacted and may then proceed to register.
    (Questions? Contact Mike Allen at (509) 533-8902.)

CCS Foundation & Avista Center for Entrepreneurship Campaign


The Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Program (IBE) at Spokane Community College is an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education that significantly benefits students, faculty and the community. The campaign to endow and sustain this program ensures it will serve generations to come.

Well aware of the financial challenges an owner faces when launching a new business, Avista has established a $500,000 Micro-Enterprise Loan Fund to help SCC’s aspiring entrepreneurs get started in the regional marketplace following graduation. As part of this investment in our community and economic vitality, Avista has challenged Community Colleges of Spokane to raise $250,000 to create a sustainable funding source for the entrepreneurial students at SCC. The money we raise through this campaign will provide scholarships for students, program support, add to the micro-enterprise loan fund for Spokane students, and endow the future of this crucial program.

Your generosity to this campaign makes it possible for you or your family to honor a relative or loved one, or to have your own or family name endure in perpetuity. All donors will be recognized on a prominently displayed plaque in the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship. Those who give $5,000 or more will be recognized on classroom/boardroom seating in the Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Center.

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Direct Student/Program Support

Endowed Scholarship
$25,000 and above

Community support for the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship was instrumental in bringing
this program and center to life.

Founding Sponsors

Avista Corp.
STCU               Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation
Travis               Itron
Red Lion Hotels Corporation               Banner Bank
Broadway Group               Klaue Family Foundation
Wells Fargo               Bank of America
Garco Construction               Washington Trust Bank
Wheatland Bank               Telect
The City of Liberty Lake               Baker Construction and Development, Inc.
Inland Construction Group               Safeware
Boyds Coffee

The IBE program offers a hands-on approach to training business owners and entrepreneurs. Students will participate in a six-month experience where they will create a business plan around their business idea from the ground up. In addition to learning from top notch faculty, students will have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts from the local community who are brought in as guest speakers. During the program, students will develop their “business network” so that they are ready to hit the ground running when they launch or expand their business.

The program is offered during winter and spring quarter each year. Acceptance into the program is by application only. Applications are available online during fall quarter. Applications will be screened by the IBE instructors and qualifying applicants will be called for a final orientation/interview.

Each student who successfully completes the program will receive a Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits
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SCC Library Guides

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For more information...  For more information:

Jeffrey Waybright
(509) 533-7391 or
(800) 248-5644 ext. 7391