Business Boot Camp Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS BUSINESS BOOT CAMP?

Business Boot Camp is a summer program sponsored by Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College, for high school and college students who would like to explore entrepreneurship or business management as a career path. It is a great learning experience, yet fun – providing teens the opportunity to make like-minded friends.

WHO SHOULD REGISTER?

High school and college-age students 14 to 27 years, with an interest in business or technology.

WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?

The Business Boot Camp program is part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) operated at Napa Valley College. In 2017 the Boot Camp will be held at the Sonoma County Office of Education in Santa Rosa.

HOW DOES BUSINESS BOOT CAMP OPERATE?

Business Boot Camp lasts over the period of one week, Monday thru Friday. Each day classes are 6 hours, 9am to 3pm, for a for total of 30 hours. The class covers a variety of topics, with guest speakers and educational activities, field trips and even business video games to explore the many facets of entrepreneurship and small business management. Some of the topics include: development of goals, leadership; the local economy, identifying opportunities, and developing a business plan.

At the end of the week, each student will present their carefully researched business plan to fellow boot-campers. A Certificate of Achievement is presented to each student at completion of the program.

WHAT DO PARTICIPANTS LEARN?

Students learn firsthand how successful businesses are run. They are taught fundamentals of business. They are given the opportunity to hear directly from business entrepreneurs and managers about how their companies developed – from planning, to startup, through challenges, to present operation. Students learn how to create a workable business plan.

With this experience and their newly acquired skills, students leave Business Boot Camp inspired, confident, and armed with an understanding of the business world that will better prepare them to create successful business opportunities for themselves in the future.

Business Boot Camp also prepares students for college, giving them practical skills through exposure to research, teamwork, presentation, project management, and more. It is an excellent opportunity for students to explore the entire gamut of business and people skills!

WHAT IS THE COST OF BUSINESS BOOT CAMP?

Tuition for one student is only $50 for the full week thanks to grant funding! AND, for those with financial need, there are scholarships available based on need – download scholarship application. For questions or further information, call 707-256-7250.

SHOULD STUDENTS BRING FOOD EACH DAY?

Yes, students should bring a lunch every day. Refreshments are provided, but not lunch.

I’ve always had the idea to start my own business but had no idea of where to start. This class is helpful. It helps focus ideas.

Joel Mosebach

This is a great program – I thought it was going to be like going back to high school but it’s actually fun!

Josh Holmes