Business Growth and Formation

Whether you want to start a business or grow your current business, LCCC can help you to succeed.

Blackstone LaunchPad

At Lorain County Community College

Students and alumni of Lorain County Community College and The University Partnership now have free access to business support through the acclaimed entrepreneurship model of the Blackstone LaunchPad.

The Blackstone LaunchPad helps students move their idea for a business or product from conception to reality. The services are available for all students, regardless of their area of study.
LCCC is one of four northeast Ohio campuses, representing more than 72,000 students, chosen for this acclaimed campus program that encourages young people to pursue entrepreneurship as a career and to turn untested ideas into real business ventures.

LCCC is one of four local colleges and universities chosen to participate in a three-year partnership with the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and The Burton D. Morgan Foundation grants to LCCC, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and Baldwin Wallace University expand a national Blackstone LaunchPad network that gives students and alumni the skills, knowledge and guidance to start new companies.

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The Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise

An Edison Technology Incubator

LCCC has developed a public/private partnership with the Lorain County Commissioners and the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce to create the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE).

Glide LogoGLIDE is staffed with business-development specialists who will meet with you to discuss your idea. There is no charge for the initial consultation. We will review your situation, identify the services you need and direct you to resources that can help bring your idea to life. GLIDE also offers fee-based advanced business services.

From idea formulation, business structure, strategic planning and everything in between, GLIDE gives you access to the services you need.

Education and Training of Entrepreneurs at LCCC


Ohio Small Business Development Center Workshops

Workshops from the Ohio Small Business Development Center are offered on a regular basis.

Click here to view current workshops or call 440-366-4370.

Lorain County Community College and its University Partnership provide a complete educational pathway for entrepreneurs.

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Entrepreneurship
    This certificate gives opportunities to learn about and develop entrepreneurial skills. The entire certificate in entrepreneurship is accepted in the associate of applied business – entrepreneurship major.  This certificate helps you can get started right now, with the option of additional instruction when you need it. 

  • Associate of Applied Business – Entrepreneurship 
    As Ohio's only two-year degree program in Entrepreneurship, students can build their entrepreneurial skills to run their own business or work within a larger organization.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration – Business Management
    From Kent State University through LCCC's University Partnership. 
    Provides students with the credentials important to get that first manager-level job, as an entrepreneur or within a larger organization. 

  • Continuing education courses from LCCC
    A wide range of courses provide training in business startup, financing, marketing, computers, HR development and much more are available. 

Contact the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute

Operating a business has never been more challenging than in today’s competitive environment. Whether you are starting a business or expanding your current operation, the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute can help you to become more efficient, productive and competitive. Call 440-366-4300 for convenient, affordable, training and support for your business.



Register Now for Spring

Be a success! Register now for Spring Semester 2015. Classes begin January 20. Click here for registration information.

Extended Hours for Spring Registration

Enrollment, Financial and Career Services will be open 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday beginning Monday, November 17.

Congratulations to our Winners!

Congratulations to Ellen Isenhour of Columbia Station and Patrick Arndt of LaGrange! They each won an iPad by registering for spring semester classes before November 16. Ellen, Patrick, please visit Commodore Books and More with your ID to claim your prize.

The Starbucks cards have been distributed. (Gift cards are being mailed to everyone who qualified but did not yet pick up their prize!) Thanks to everyone who registered during the promotion.

Midterm Grades Now Available

Fall Semester students are encouraged to check midterm grades by logging into MyCampus going to the Student Center. Please refer to for detailed instructions.

Earn College Credit For Work and Life Experience

Attend an information session for Prior Learning Assessment and find out about the methods used to help you earn college credit for what you have learned through work and life experiences.
Click here to learn more and register.


Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014 and spring 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 

Lorain County WIN

LCCC and the JVS have launched Lorain County WIN (Workforce Innovation Network), a new partnership providing workforce training to Lorain County. Learn more at