Entrepreneurship Center – Central Community College – Hastings

The Entrepreneurship Center is an integral part of the CCC Foundation and CCC. It is under the general direction of a board of directors and staffed by part-time directors. The Entrepreneurship Center partners with several local, state and federal development groups and organizations in providing services.


Small businesses represent a high percentage of all employers and are critically important to the ongoing growth of our community and country. In 1990, the CCC Foundation received some specific donations, micro loan funds and grants to establish the Small Business Institute to encourage the formation of new, small businesses and to assist existing small businesses with growth opportunities. In 2020, the Small Business Institute (SBI) was rebranded to the Entrepreneurship Center.

The Entrepreneurship Center in Hastings provides:

  • Business Coaching
  • Business Planning Assistance
  • Funding for New & Growing Businesses
  • Incubator Space & Site Selection Assistance



CCC’s Entrepreneurship Center offers a variety of services for individuals and companies looking for technical or financial assistance in starting or growing their business. The Entrepreneurship Center offers coaching for small businesses and startups including business planning, financial packaging, and more. Normally, there is no charge for the coaching services.



Entrepreneurs who may require financial help with startup costs or cash infusion for growth, may apply for low-interest loan at the Entrepreneurship Center through the Capital Loan Fund. A client may receive up to $20,000 through the loan fund. Loans are reviewed and approved by a board of directors on a quarterly basis. The Capital Loan Fund is housed within the Central Community College Foundation. 

Additionally, the Entrepreneurship Center can assist with financial packaging through additional local loan funds and traditional financing.



The small business incubator space located on Hastings campus has up to 5,000 square feet to start or grow a small business. The main purpose of the incubator is to provide space at an affordable rate for new small business start-ups and/or for small business owners that wish to grow and expand. The incubator serves as a launching pad for businesses until they are able to graduate to a market-rate location or outgrow the space. To check availability or schedule a showing, contact Maggie Esch.



A 12-semester-hour entrepreneurship certificate is included in the Business Administration program. You can complete the certificate as an area of specialization within the program or as a stand-alone certificate to develop entrepreneurial skills and develop a business plan.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data

Management Issues

  • Professional / Leadership Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Obtaining Debt Funding
  • Loan Providers (Specialty)
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Real Estate Finance

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Lease Review

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Website Development
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Demographics/Census Data

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Office, Incubator, Accelerator, Laboratory, Kitchen and Meeting Space

  • Incubator Space (Specialty)
  • Office Space (Specialty)
  • Site Location (Specialty)

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)
  • Revitalization


  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Business Management Training
  • Marketing Plan Development and Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Site Location (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Classes