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For everyone, forever.

Free Online Education to Start Your Own Business

Alert icon NEW MOBI Curriculum! Money is the foundation of your business, and most businesses need access to additional cash resources to get started or fund growth. In this NEW session update, Financing the Business, we will look at some things to consider when looking for financing.

Alert icon New MOBI Blog Post! Should you start a business? What makes this a good time for entrepreneurship and for MOBI? Executive Director Drew Starbird, Ph.D., has these answers and more in a new Q&A blog post here.

Dean Ed Grier, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, congratulates MOBI and MyBluefield on IEDC Partnership Award

MOBI and the Bluefield WV Economic Development Authority (BEDA) were selected by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for the 2023 Bronze Award in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions. The award was presented at the annual IEDC Conference September 18-20. Read MOBI's blog post for more information.

Back-to-School = #BackToBusiness with MOBI!

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It's that time of the year again! Schools are alive with students eager to learn, and YOU can learn too! Embark on a new and exciting academic journey of learning, growth, and endless possibilities with MOBI's free online business courses

Learn how to start your own business with MOBI's Starting a Business course, accelerate your learning with our Quick Start Entrepreneur course, or learn advanced skills in our Business Expansion course. You can also build specialized skills with the Sales & Marketing Badge Course. Courses available in English and Spanish.

With My Own Business Institute:

  • Courses are always free.
  • Enroll and start anytime.
  • Learn according to YOUR schedule.
  • Complete a course in just 20 hours.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion and/or Digital Badge.
  • Download MOBI's Free Business Plan Template and other helpful resources.

Visit these links to see how to create an account and how to enroll on YouTube.

Ready to get started? Enroll now!

30 Tips in 30 Days

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Follow our new series 30 Tips for Starting a DIY Business on Instagram (@scu_mobi) to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey!

Visit our Success Stories page to learn how MOBI entrepreneurs Rhoda Drummond and Sandie Vaccaro co-founded Drumdandie to bring their beautiful DIY yarn art to new customers.

If you're ready to launch your own DIY business, MOBI is here to guide you with our Starting a Business course.


Learn how to start your own business!

Two ways to learn:

Enroll: Choose among four entrepreneur courses and earn a Certificate of Completion in just 20 hours from Santa Clara University. 

Browse: 36 topics to find answers to your most immediate business questions. 


MOBI is your FREE starting a business resource!


MOBI's content and curriculum are free, for everyone, forever, thanks to the generosity of our founders Phil & Peggy Holland. The mission at the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) is to start businesses that create jobs and build communities by providing education to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world. Read more about the Holland's lifelong commitment to helping others in Our Story.

Here are the steps you can take to learn with MOBI:

  1. Visit Our Courses to identify which course is the best fit for you and your business goals.
  2. Click Enroll Now to create an account in our learning management system, and choose your course.
  3. Begin!

In addition to the course curriculum, MOBI provides more content on our Resources & Tools page including MOBI blog posts, MOBI alumni Success Stories, and more.

You do not have to enroll to view the MOBI content! The curriculum is also available on our website to make it easy for you to find the information you need. However, in order to earn a Certificate, you do need to be enrolled in a course. 

Have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or send us an email to


Alert icon MOBI Featured on The Small Business Edge Podcast Host Brian Moran talks with MOBI's Trish Kalbas-Schmidt in an episode of The Small Business Edge podcast: "Is MOBI the Secret Sauce to Starting a Business Today?" Click here to listen. Photos of Brian Moran and Trish Kalbas-Schmidt

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