Coming to a Community College Near You: Direct Selling Entrepreneur Certificate Program

Are you a direct seller in the US that’s ready to take your business to the next level? Then you need to know about this amazing new program that the Direct Selling Education Foundation is launching in cooperation with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

You will soon be able to earn a Direct Selling Entrepreneur Certificate at your local community college, starting in the late spring of 2012. Sessions in this remarkable program, which is endorsed by companies throughout the industry, include:

  • Overview of the Direct Selling Industry
  • Selling Skills
  • Basic Technical Skills Needed for Business
  • Organization in a Direct Sales Business
  • Financial Management
  • Communication Skills
  • Marketing
  • Legal Issues
  • Business Planning

These are skills that are essential for entrepreneurs, and if you’re serious about taking your business to the next level this could be just what you’re looking for.

Participate in the Pilot Program
If you live in NY, MN, or MA you have an exciting opportunity. A pilot of this curriculum is beginning the week of October 17, 2011, and full scholarships are provided for all participants. You can take part in this program at NO COST as part of the pilot. Pilot locations include:

  • Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, Minnesota
  • Cayuga Community College, Auburn, New York

To learn more about this program, and to sign up to take part in the pilot, click this link: http://bit.ly/qsJwoP

What do you think about a program like this for direct sellers? How would it benefit your team? How will the 3rd party validation of direct selling as a legitimate entrepreneurial option benefit the industry, and your business? Would love to read your thoughts in the comments below!

p.s. An extra big shout-out to the direct sales folks who have helped us spread the word about this program, including Linda Stacy, Andrea Waltz (Go for No), Deb Bixler, CAHPASarah Robinson, Danny Fortes, Pat Zahn, Yusuf Chowdhury, The Golden Rule VA and Brett Duncan. These are folks who have shared this program, without any compensation, because they truly believe in the benefits it can bring to direct sellers, and the industry as a whole. I encourage you to check out what each of these folks has to offer. They clearly are in it for the right reasons…to help others!

Have you shared with your network yet? We invite you to also help us spread the word, and then share your link to your post below in the comments!

15 Responses to Coming to a Community College Near You: Direct Selling Entrepreneur Certificate Program
  1. Deb Bixler, Direct Sales Radio
    October 20, 2011 | 8:10 pm

    I am looking forward to learning more about this as the pilot program moves forward. It is time for this!! 21st century IS the age of entrepreneurial-ism!

    Like Andrea, I would love to be more involved in the programs…
    Deb Bixler, Direct Sales Radio recently posted..Check With The Better Business Bureau First

  2. Michelle Kenney
    October 14, 2011 | 6:14 am

    I am wondering how long a session is? I noticed at the three locations the program is being offered each ends on different dates. For example, the Worcester site is from Oct to Dec. The NY site is from Oct to Nov.

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 14, 2011 | 8:19 am

      Hi Michelle,
      The difference in dates has to do with how long the individual sessions run. One location is running all day sessions, while the other 2 are doing evening sessions. Contact the individual location for specifics. All 3 are covering the same content, however.

  3. Linda Lucas
    October 13, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Hi Jen,
    This is exciting — and in my backyard! Congratulations on DCTC being part of the test program!
    Linda Lucas recently posted..Comment on Direct Selling – Never prejudge a potential recruit. by Leanne Chesser

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 13, 2011 | 3:06 pm

      Thanks Linda! 🙂

  4. Maureen Feist
    October 13, 2011 | 8:17 am

    Jen, I know this is just launching, but will there be opportunity for direct sellers, seasoned in the business,to teach these classes at their local community college? From time to time I’ve toyed with the idea of developing and teaching similar classes at our community college where my husband teaches.

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 13, 2011 | 8:18 am

      Maureen, I believe these will be taught by the entrepreneurship faculty at the colleges, but I suppose it’s up to each college who they select.

  5. Shirley Guzzi
    October 12, 2011 | 10:21 pm

    This sounds great! I’m going to try to register for the classes here in MN – do you know if they need any assistance in teaching the classes when they are ready to move forward?

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 13, 2011 | 8:19 am

      Shirley, as I commented to Maureen above, I believe these will be taught by the entrepreneurship faculty at the colleges.

  6. Pat Zahn
    October 12, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    Glad to share – and anxiously waiting to hear how it goes and will be the first in line when it’s available in my area!
    Pat Zahn recently posted..Scrapbook Journaling – The Picture does NOT say it all

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 12, 2011 | 4:20 pm

      Awesome Pat! I really appreciate your help in spreading the word!

  7. Angie Bricker
    October 12, 2011 | 9:18 am

    Wow, wow, wow!!! This is so exciting and I know it will make a difference in how others view direct sales as a business. This will definitely give credibility to our choice of career and hopefully quiet those nay-sayers!!

    I just shared this link with my fellow Just Jewelry consultants in a our private facebook group. I can’t wait to enroll in this program the minute it hits my area!!
    Angie Bricker recently posted..For all of you who are in Direct Sales or who are contemplating the career I’d l…

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 12, 2011 | 9:45 am

      Awesome! Thanks so much for helping to spread the word Angie!!

  8. Andrea
    October 12, 2011 | 9:07 am

    Just curious how you get certified to teach one of these classes? I’ve been dreaming of something like this since I really learned what direct selling was. I think the beginning of my life outside of college would have been so different if I had the opportunity to really understand the value of a career in Direct Sales while I was in college. This is so exciting!!!

    • Jennifer Fong
      October 13, 2011 | 8:20 am

      I’m not sure Andrea. I believe it will be taught by the faculty of the colleges. These are people with degrees to teach entrepreneurship, I believe.

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