2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Degree

Certificate (Eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate or if combined with AS degree.)

Overview

The certificate in Small Business Management meets the needs of those who have some business experience, have earned other certificates from an applied technology college, or currently operate a small business or plan to in the near future.  It focuses on basic skills needed to operate a small business including accounting, marketing, office technology, entrepreneurship, and management skills. 

Career Opportunities

This certificate prepares students to operate their own independent business or to assist other small business owners in the operation of their small businesses.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Understand and apply basic and practical accounting principles to small businesses
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of Excel and QuickBooks
  • Develop the skills to plan, build, organize, draft a plan to start a small business
  • Understand and apply social media marketing principles and platforms, by developing simple marketing strategies and monitoring basic analytics in relation to a small business
  • Demonstrate key managerial and leadership skills such as delegation, follow up, planning, organizing, and employee development
  • Analyze data to create, develop, and implement solutions to keep a small business competitive and identify complex business problems

Course Requirements

Students are responsible to examine the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Certificate Core Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 101Financial Accounting I

3 credits

ACC 102Financial Accounting II

3 credits

ACC 110Accounting in Quickbooks

2 credits

BAP 115Excel and Intro. to Technology

1 credits

BUS 101Survey of Business

3 credits

BUS 201Principles of Management

3 credits

DM 105Intro to Digital Marketing

3 credits

ENTR 150Entrepreneurship

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 21

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Depending upon preparatory courses required, additional semesters may be required to complete the program.

First Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 101Financial Accounting I

3 credits

BUS 101Survey of Business

3 credits

DM 105Intro to Digital Marketing

3 credits

ENTR 150Entrepreneurship

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:12

Second Semester

Course NumberTitleCredits
ACC 102Financial Accounting II

3 credits

ACC 110Accounting in Quickbooks

2 credits

BAP 115Excel and Intro. to Technology

1 credits

BUS 201Principles of Management

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:9

Total Credit Hours: 21

Graduation Requirements

  1. Minimum of 21 total semester credit hours as outlined
  2. Grade of C or higher in all core courses
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher