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The West Valley College Entrepreneur Center (WVC eCenter) offers business startup classes and entrepreneurship events designed to help budding entrepreneurs succeed. We advise students on programs and classes, and provide mentoring and direction for first-time entrepreneurs who want to start a business. Whether you are interested in learning how to write a business plan, market a product, or make a website for your business, we can help you get going. Let's get entrepreneurial!

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West Valley eCenter Student Entrepreneur

Each semester we nominate an eCenter Student Entrepreneur who receives one-on-one mentoring with our faculty and eCenter volunteers, who are successful Bay Area business professionals.

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The West Valley College Entrepreneur Center (WVC eCenter) invites business professionals – and retired professionals – to volunteer in our entrepreneurial center.

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StartUp Student Success Story from from the eCenter Blog

Caked with Love – Ryan Flanigan and Amber Yang

Ryan Flanigan Talks about His StartUp Cup Experience and the Challenges of Starting a Small Business while a Student

Ryan Flanigan is half of the innovative team behind Caked with Love, a business startup idea that won 2nd Place in last year’s StartUp Cup. In this interview he discusses his experiences and his ideas on what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. (read more…)

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Local Enterpreneurs – Success Stories from from the eCenter Blog

Nancy McKereghan

Nancy McKereghan Talks About Her Experience as a Successful Local Entrepreneur and the StartUp Cup

by Amy Krakar

Nancy McKereghan is the co-founder of Tangerine+. She is also participating as a coach for the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup. Recently I had a chance to interview Nancy and learn more about Tangerine+ and her experience with the StartUp Cup. (read more…)

Farah Chadwick

Farah Chadwick Talks about her Innovative Job Search Company – Startup Pairup, being an Entrepreneur, and her Experience with the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup

by Amy Krakar

This week, over lunch, I had the privilege of speaking with Farah Chadwick, a successful Bay Area entrepreneur. I was interested in learning more about her startup company – Startup Pairup – and her involvement with the Silicon Valley StartUp Cup program. (read more…)

Haleh Aboofazeli - Pino

The Founder of Pino, Del-Savo Inc. Talks about the Challenges of Starting a Business

Haleh Aboofazeli, a successful local entrepreneur, is the Founder & Executive of Pino, Del-Savo Inc….In 2005, Haleh and her husband, Michael started Pino, Del-Savo, a leading home small appliance company, is an innovative and growing American company that specialized in high quality tea brewing sets. (read more…)

Andrew Davidge - Vintage Electric

Los Gatos Entrepreneur’s Electric Bike Company

Andrew Davidge is the founder of Vintage Electric Bicycles. Vintage Electric provides individuals with high performance electric bikes for their everyday commuter and recreational use. (read more…)

Entrepreneurship at a Glance

Entrepreneurship is the act and art of being an entrepreneur or one who undertakes innovations or introducing new things, and utilizes finance and business acumen in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods that make a profit. The most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of new businesses.
Businesses are being created every day both locally and globally. Gone are the days of only interacting on a local level and in are the days of global entrepreneurship, global communications and global commerce. To stay competitive, business entrepreneurs have a great need to source raw material, personal, knowledge and expertise wherever they can find it. They need to search for and find talent no matter how far it is as it is no longer far by any standards. With the Internet, and global telecommunication vehicles such as the VOIP and Skype, no talent is too far or too difficult to outsource to or source in. The globe has now become local…
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  Are you a creative individual who has always wanted to connect your passions and talents with what you do for a living? Do you envision yourself as your own boss, making your own decisions, setting your own schedule, and being responsible for your business’ profits and losses? Do you want to create a “lifestyle business” that lets you do what you love: create, design, and grow, while also giving you time to enjoy all aspects of your life?  If you answered “yes” to these questions become part of our entrepreneurship program, and achieve your goals!

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