Next Gen Program

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For over 20 years the Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce (SVBCC) has led the way in creating innovative programs and events designed to economically empower groups and individuals from all walks of life. As we continue our pursuit of improving the lives of our community, we offer the Next Gen Business Academy in conjunction with the Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Incubator Program.
  
The SVBCC identifies the value of our youth as they equip themselves through our academic institutions to take their place among the workforce. We also acknowledge the significance of small business and entrepreneurs that shape our future and build our economy. In addition, we recognize that many small and start-up businesses often fail because of the lack of basic business management principals. For these reason we felt it necessary to instill the entrepreneurial ideals and spirit in our youth today and furnish them with those basic principles that may be overlooked in today's curriculum.
 
The Next Gen Business Academy
targets our High School youth of all ethnicities. As students in the program these young men and women will learn critical thinking exercise, business operations, general book keeping fundamentals, and strategy development skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur.
Our goal is to help produce the next generation of "business minds" by laying down a solid foundation from which they can be successful.

The program

  • Comprehensive lessons in starting and operating a business.
  • An exploration of business concepts ranging from start-up costs, calculating profits and loss, marketing and advertising, as well as problem solving business obstacles, to name a few.
  • Students create an actual retail/service oriented business plan.
  • Students use business plan writing software to produce a professional and polished plan

Our Supporters

A special thanks to the Eastside Union High School District and teachers for recognizing the merits and benefits of the Next Gen Business Academy for students.

Also we would like to thank the following companies for their participation in the inaugural year of the Next Gen Business Academy:
  • Adaptec
  • Bank of the West
  • Citibank
  • City of San Jose
  • Hewlett Packard,
  • Business PlanPro
  • Safeway
  • Union Bank of California