The Integrated Business Core (IBC) is a year-long cohort program in the Plaster School of Business at Cedarville University. Students receive practical experience creating their own businesses from scratch under the guidance of University professors. By combining the three principle level courses in marketing, finance, and management, as well as a three credit practicum, students earn 12 credits while launching a business in a risk-free environment. The classes are exclusive sections available only to students participating in the IBC, and the cohort remains together throughout the spring and fall semesters. Through developing product ideas, creating a robust marketing plan, pitching to a loan committee, and bringing their product to the market, the IBC captures key elements of the business process. At the end of the course, all businesses give their profits gained from the program to the charity of their choice.


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