According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about three quarters of all U.S. businesses are self-employed persons operating unincorporated businesses, and may or may not be the owner's principal source of income. Sole proprietorships and small business also represent an entry point into the economy for new groups. Women, for instance, participate heavily in small businesses.
A particular strength of small businesses is their ability to respond quickly to changing economic conditions, but many small businesses fail. The Entrepreneurship certificate is designed to give students the basic business concepts necessary to start and operate their own small business.
Students will study management essentials and additional coursework in marketing, human resource management, accounting, and finance. All of the courses may be applied to the Associate Degree in General Business.
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
• write a business plan.
• use business terms and tactics within the small business environment.
• develop a marketing plan.
• analyze and resolve problems involving finance.
• understand personal qualities needed to function effectively with individuals in supervision, evaluation and control.
• understand current legal issues involved in starting and operating a business.
• develop effective communication to administer policy both internally and externally.
Entrepreneurship classes are suitable for anyone who has acquired other skills and wants to leverage them by starting a new venture. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, computer programmers and truck drivers are just a few examples of professionals who can take a skill and turn it into a