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Core Program

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

This peer-based, mentor-driven program will empower you to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop meaningful connections within the business community.

Meeting once a week during the 10-month program, Core participants explore new methods for business growth in a confidential, noncompetitive environment with assistance from fellow classmates, UB School of Management faculty and external business experts.

Who Should Apply

The CEL Core program is designed for business owners and leaders with ventures that have progressed beyond the startup phase of operation.

Core is for you if you wish to:

  • Move beyond your current organizational and revenue plateau 
  • Be more strategic and less encumbered by day-to-day issues 
  • Implement tactical and strategic changes
  • 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. Applicants are encouraged to 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.