SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Entrepreneur Center at Golden Gate University will offer a free, 10-week course for those looking to turn their business ideas into reality.

Held at the university’s downtown San Francisco campus, the intensive Small Business Preview Course prepares individuals for launching a small business by providing the foundational knowledge essential for success.

The course will be taught by LouAnn Conner, Founder and CEO of SagaciousThink and consultant to start-up businesses. Participants will work in a collaborative environment in which they use each other as advisors and sounding boards. They will leave the course with a strong foundation for their business or entrepreneurial plan, a clear direction for the business, and knowledge of what it takes to get started. The course is relevant to all kinds of business environments such as technology, service, retail, or nonprofit.

Michelle Foster – who is creating 2Grow Learning, Inc. and the 2Grow Unlimited Foundation – is a graduate of the most recent course. “I have always been an entrepreneur at heart,” she says. “Attending the class helped push me forward and start thinking about finally making my dream a reality. I refined some ideas and considered new ones to take my concept out of my head and into reality. I got support and advice from two dozen fellow students who were going through the same process. The class enables people like me to take their vision, education, and experience and start making them a reality.”

The Small Business Preview Course will take place Saturdays from June 10 to August 19, 2017, at Golden Gate University’s San Francisco campus. Applications are due by May 31, 2017. More information is available at

About Golden Gate University and the Entrepreneur Center

For more than 110 years, Golden Gate University has been exclusively dedicated to educating adult working professionals and was named the #1 college in the US for adult learners in 2016. The Entrepreneur Center at GGU provides key entrepreneurial knowledge for both startups and small business owners. The Center offers a variety of ways to obtain crucial entrepreneurial skills, including events and workshops for startup entrepreneurs, a small business program funded by Chevron and an MBA with an entrepreneur concentration. Faculty for our programs are actively engaged in running and building both startups and traditional businesses. They teach the latest trends as well as provide knowledge and real-world action plans that can be incorporated immediately into your company or private practice. GGU is located in the heart of the San Francisco's thriving entrepreneurial community, with key connections to small business leaders, startup accelerators and the wide array of professionals necessary in any entrepreneurial venture.

Jasette Herrera