Credits Required: 24
The Entrepreneurship certificate program provides students with the skills to start their own enterprise, work with others to identify business opportunities, join entrepreneurship ventures, or work for an established organization. Entrepreneurs are often in demand by growth-oriented companies wanting to incorporate their vision and innovation in their firms and by companies seeking individuals who have the ability to solve problems creatively and improve productivity. Regardless of size, all businesses need managers who can identify opportunities, obtain resources, plan, organize, direct, and control work to accomplish business objectives.
Topics covered during the course work include entrepreneurial thinking and opportunity recognition, developing a business plan, obtaining resources, managing finances, strategic planning, selecting managers and employees, organizing and designing the business, managing technology, and successfully dealing with managerial challenges.
Students with the certificate have the opportunity for employment as a sole proprietorship starting their own business, manager of an existing small business; accounting office clerk, or sales person.
All of these courses apply toward the Associate Degree in Entpreneurship.
Entrepreneurial Thinking Creativit
This course investigates the relationship between entrepreneurial thinking and the opportunity to ignite the creative spark that leads to idea generation and new venture creation. Topics include: entrepreneurial thinkers and their contribution to society, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, opportunity recognition, opportunity evaluation, global entrepreneurship, and marshalling resources in the face of risk to pursue opportunities. Students will assess their skills, talents, education, and work experiences for potential business ideas. They will also examine their external environment to identify trends and needs in the marketplace for potential opportunities. Students will then screen business ideas by evaluating their match with their strengths and skills, and personal, professional, and financial goals. An initial market feasibility assessment will be conducted.
Small Business Management
Course Catalog Description: Principles and practices involved in and necessary for owning and operating a small business. Areas of study include assessment of qualification for business ownership, market determination, site locations, capital and credit requirements, risk management and insurance, record keeping and personnel management. The purpose of this course is to provide information to prospective and new small business operators.
The principles of law are applied to business action including contracts, negotiable instruments, personal property, sales, real property, mortgages, leases, bankruptcy, and business torts. 3-0-3
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Quickbooks is used to model automated accounting systems and demonstrate their use in maintaining accounting information and improving decision making from both the business owner and accountant's perspective. The software will be used to create an appropriate chart of accounts, record all transcactions including payroll for a complete business cycle and customize standard reports for various types of enterprises. The use of information generated by the system to improve decision-making will be discussed.
Introduction to E-Commerce
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of E Commerce with an emphasis on understanding the foundations of this field. Specifically, technology, internet business models, establishing customer equity, and media convergence are explored as they apply to developing and sustaining a successful strategy for a company involved in ECommerce. 3-0-3
This course will provide a firm foundation of leadership theory, practical and applied knowledge, and experience in leading a team, task force, or activity and in developing communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a source for future use. This course provides the student with the understanding and the skills necessary to lead effectively in a variety of settings. Specifically, the course will prepare the student for leadership responsibilities in their professional, community service, or educational endeavors. The student will also acquire experience on how leadership is practiced and gain insights and information to enhance his or her leadership skills. 3-0-3
This course covers the topics of contemporary project management utilizing contemporary project management methods. There are a variety of project types and sizes used to support learning that came from several companies, of various sizes, in many industries, to promote scalability and universality. Regardless of project, company, or industry size, project management techniques can be applied to any project. The topics covered include: project selection and prioritization, organizational capability (structure and culture), chartering, stakeholder analysis and planning, defining project scope, constructing work breakdown structures, scheduling, resourcing, and budgeting projects, project risk and quality planning, project kickoff, as well as leading and managing project teams and determining project progress and results.
The accounting cycle in various types of enterprises is examined. Included is the practical application of the principles learned. 3-0-3
This course explores the challenges and problems of small business operations including business plans and funding, forms and records, financial problems, ordering and inventory, layout of equipment and offices, methods of improving business, and employer employee relations. 3-0-3
Course Catalog Description: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will understand the importance and impact of funding sources for their entrepreneurial venture. This will be accomplished by reviewing the impact of venture capital in every phase of the business venture from idea to exit including planning, teambuilding, protecting intellectual capital, identifying funding sources, raising money, writing funding agreements, and managing through to IPO or merger and acquisition. Additionally, the student will develop and present a funding proposal.
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Human social behavior is evolving from face-to-face to cyberspace via social communities and networks. This course will provide answers to the questions pertaining to how media, technology, and sociality have affected business and visual communications, marketing, and advertising. Students will explore the use of various social media -- web forums, blogs, wikis, chat, instant messaging, virtual worlds, twitter, flikr, YouTube, and more -- as methods to engage and connect with the consumer. Individuals will develop personal multimedia learning journals and small groups will use social media to produce and present final projects. (3-0-3)
Compensation and Benefits
This course introduces the compensation and benefits concept of Human Resources by highlighting the importance of aligning an organization’s compensation plan to its strategic goals. The compensation and benefits options of various types of employment opportunities is considered with emphasis on appropriateness in various human resource settings. 3-0-3
The four P’s of the marketing mix, product, place, promotion, and price, are studied and applied to current market issues. The concepts and techniques used in product development, pricing tactics, promoting a product, and in choosing a distribution channel are outlined. Some of the quantitative aspects of marketing analysis are covered. 3-0-3
This course is designed by the Business faculty to give second-year students supervised, on-the-job experience in various aspects of the business environment. Students may enroll in this class for credit as one of their business electives in the Accounting and Business Management curriculum. Prerequisites: Successfully completed 30 credits in their major, a Q.P.A. of at least 3.0, or recommendation from the faculty. Business faculty written approval is required prior to registration. 0-9-3