Core Program

Image: The CEL Core class of 2022 (left to right): Front row: Julie Kruger, Samantha Robbins, John Kappel, Patrick Ryan, Tami Tobias, Shareefa Albanna, Kenyana David, Jennifer Behm , Vanessa Gabriele, Tom Celik, Sara Evans, Jennifer L. Strong, Job Valluthamannunkal, Colin McManus, Alex Harris Back Row: Jordan Lema, Del Reid, Colleen Stillwell, Bryan Somerville, Jeremy Higgins, Steve Reid, Victor Morelli, Jake Robbins, Nicole Davis, Corina Stammworthy, James Wangelin. Photo: Heather Bellini.

The Class of 2023

The CEL Core program enhances the talents and operating abilities of practicing entrepreneurs.

The flagship program of the CEL, Core empowers you to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop meaningful connections in the business community. As a practicing entrepreneur, you will elevate your talents and operating abilities with the help of this peer-based, mentor-driven program as you meet once a week for ten months.

Who Should Apply

You should apply to the Core program if you:

  • Are the owner or a strategic decision-maker of an established business with significant annual revenues
  • Wish to move beyond your current revenue plateau
  • Strive to be more strategic and less encumbered by day-to-day issues
  • Wish to control and direct the forces that shape your life
  • Contribute to the community and the lives of others through your venture

Application Process

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership selects candidates for the fall program through August of each year.  Apply early as it is not unusual for the class to be filled before the deadline.  

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, advisory board, and community supporters, a limited number of scholarships are available to assist with Core program costs. A list of these scholarships, eligibility information, and application are available below. 

Learn More

To obtain program fees, request a brochure or learn more, contact the CEL at or 716-885-5715.