Core Program

The Class of 2018.

The Class of 2018

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 nine 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 annual revenues of approximately $300,000 to $50 million
  • 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. 


Gerry and Barbara Murak Scholarship for Entrepreneurship

A scholarship is available to graduates of the UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership program who have applied to and been accepted into the School of Management's Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program. The scholarship is funded by CEL alumnus Gerry Murak and his wife, Barbara. Gerry earned his EMBA degree from the School of Management in 1996 and credits his education from both programs for the success and growth of his consulting business, Murak & Associates LLC, as well as other businesses he owns. The Muraks created the scholarship to provide opportunity to executives committed to success and self-improvement through education. For more information contact your EMBA admissions representative.


Learn More

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