Small Business Management, Certificate

The Small Business Management program is designed to prepare students in both operational and skill aspects of the small enterprise. Such preparation will equip students with specific areas of skills or management to either enter an existing small firm or begin their own entrepreneurial enterprise.

Courses are designed so that the student, through logical steps, understands the principles unique to small business operation. Successful completion of 30 credits may lead to a certificate of proficiency in small business. Practical knowledge in small business management, finance, marketing, sales, advertising and supervision are designed to prepare students for entry-level needs. Generally, transfer is not intended through this program. The dean, business/computer information systems, should be consulted when considering use of credits for transfer.

College-Sponsored Experiential Learning may be taken for credit while working in a small business with specific managerial duties.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Use terms and tactics within the small business environment.
  • Be able to develop a marketing plan.
  • Analyze and resolve problems involving financial statement comparisons.
  • Create advertising promotions appropriate to the small business.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to operate office equipment commonly used in the small company
  • Show proficiency in microcomputer applications within the management and operating needs of the small business environment.
  • Understand personal qualities needed to function effectively with individuals in supervision, evaluation and control.
  • Develop effective communication to administer policy both internally and externally.

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Second Semester (15 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
BUS 233 - Financial Planning3
BUS 231 - Principles of Advertising3
BUS 211 - Supervision3
Business Elective or Co-op / Internship 3 Credits

An Associate in Applied Science degree is also available.

Total Credits: 30