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Academic Center for Entrepreneurship

The Academic Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is a business resource for the BCC community. We offer assistance in business planning for newly established businesses, existing businesses and even the idea of starting your own business.

We help business owners, and potential business owners, take a comprehensive survey of their business initiative from market research to business plan development to strategic marketing decisions. This complete planning process is the cornerstone for ensuring success and achieving long-term competitive advantage.

ACE works to offer clients the following services:

  • Initial industry research and review
  • Business planning and initiatives
  • Strategic marketing development
  • Strong corporate positioning development
  • Social media marketing

Getting Started

Starting your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience. It can offer numerous advantages such as being your own boss, setting your own schedule and making a living doing something you love doing. But, becoming a successful entrepreneur requires thorough planning, creativity and hard work – with stress put on the “hard work” part!

Click here to download the Academic Center for Entrepreneurship Intake Form.But first consider the following resources and skills commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs:

Questions to Ask Yourself

ACE Resource List

10 Steps to Starting Your Business

Affiliates & Resources

The following associates and entrepreneurial resources are available to assist entrepreneurs in their enterprise development process:

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

NACCE is focused on increasing economic development through the dissemination of the best practices of entrepreneurship education and student business incubation at the community college level. 

National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Through entrepreneurship education, NFTE, which is also referred to as Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC)

The MSBDC Network provides high-quality, in-depth counseling, training and capital access which contributes to the entrepreneurial growth of small businesses throughout Massachusetts. Their services are delivered through a network of skilled professional staff supported by a federal, state, and higher education consortium as well as several partnerships.

Counselors to America’s Small Business (SCORE)

One of America's premier sources of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. SCORE's 10,500 volunteer counselors are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business.

Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Fall River Chamber can assist you if you are seeking visitor or relocation information in Fall River or in SouthCoast Massachusetts, need to find a local business, or want to grow your own business.

Fall River Office of Economic Development (FROED)

FROED helps businesses by offering aggressive incentive programs including low-interest financing, tax exemptions, employee recruitment and training services, and site selection assistance. They also provide consultation and technical support in areas ranging from permitting to international trade assistance.

New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

The New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce serves the City of New Bedford; Acushnet; Dartmouth; Fairhaven; Freetown; Mattapoisett; Marion; Rochester; Wareham; and Westport. Initiatives include education, economic development, trade shows, and legislative affairs.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

The SBA mission is to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

2017 Ace Award Photos

Business Development

Different Types of Businesses

  • Startups
  • Home-Based Business
  • Green
  • Self Employment
  • Franchise Ownership
  • E-Commerce
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Women-owned, Veteran-Owned, Minority-Owned
  • Independent Contractor
  • Buying an Existing Business
  • Business Planning

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a business plan is not an easy task. It takes time, concentration, research and a little bit of finesse. Your business plan is your business’s “Game Plan for Success”! It’s also the first piece of information that business lenders, investors and others will see and use to learn about you, your background and your business idea. It’s a daunting task but that’s where we can help. ACE will help you form a concise outline of your business so you can begin writing content and researching your market.

Begin by making an appointment so review your goals and aspirations. We will guide you in the process and meet regularly to mentor you in any way we can.

Financing Your Business

For those of us who are not independently wealthy but still want to start their own business, financing is a real concern. There are several ways to finance a business and we can review those with you. From small business loans to grants, there are a variety of ways to cleverly, and wisely, obtain funds for your start-up.

How can  ACE help you?

April Lynch
Director of the Academic Center of Entrepreneurship
Bristol Community College
508-678-2811 X2794

Ann Gordon
Assistant director of the Academic Center of Entrepreneurship