Small Business Management

The Small Business Management program focuses on the theories used to manage and to lead a small business.  Whether an entrepreneur, small business owner, or franchiser/franchisee, the odds of being a success greatly improve through real-world practices that are also stressed.  The foundation of knowledge gleaned from the study of small business management emphasizes the many stakeholders that are necessary for success – being successful in a small business cannot be done alone. 

The impact that small business has on ones’ life, the lives of others, and the contributions to the economy and society are revealed, whether the firm is a profit or a non- profit, an at-home or brick and mortar establishment, or the reach is local and/or global. Many of today’s career opportunities have been in the small business sector, and forecasts suggest that this trend will continue.

The Small Business Management degree provides a solid foundation for the quest to operate and maintain a successful small business.

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Small Business Management
Small businesses play significant roles in today’s economy, both domestic and global. No matter the type of industry, management training is essential to the probability of long-term success. This Small Business Management certificate includes the basic courses that provide the necessary skills needed for small business owners to sustain and expand their operations.
Small Business Management (CP)
This program focuses on the theories used to manage and lead a small business. Whether an entrepreneur, small business owner, or franchiser/franchisee, the odds of being a success greatly improve through real-world practices that are taught in this program. The foundation of knowledge gleaned from the study of small business management emphasizes the many stakeholders that are necessary for success. The impact that small business has on one’s life and the lives of others is revealed, along with the contributions from small business to the economy and society. Many of today’s career opportunities have been in the small business sector, and forecasts suggest that this trend will continue. The Small Business Management certificate provides a solid foundation to operate and maintain a successful small business.
Students must complete all specifically listed courses in Major Area Requirements with a minimum grade of “C” or better in order to successfully complete the program and earn the award. Consult with a business academic advisor for recommended course, program planning.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (3 credits required)
BTEC 106
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH
3 cr.
or
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Computational Skills (3 credits required)
 
BUS 102
BUSINESS MATH APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
Human Relations (3 credits required)
 
BTEC 148
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SELF DEVELOPMENT
3 cr.
Business Core Course
BUS 028
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS& 101
INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS
5 cr.
BTEC 100
KEYBOARDING
1-3 cr.
BTEC 150
COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS
5 cr.
ECON 101
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
3 cr.
MGMT 101
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
Major Area Requirements
BUS 029
BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES
3 cr.
BUS 036
ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS
3 cr.
BUS 115
SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
3 cr.
BUS 135
BUSINESS PLAN
3 cr.
BUS& 201
BUSINESS LAW
5 cr.
BUS 251
PROFESSIONAL SELLING
3 cr.
BUS 199
COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE **
1-5 cr.
**Minimum of 5 credits must be earned in Cooperative Work Experience
Total Required Credits: 58-60
To learn more about this program's employment outlook, approximate cost and potential careers, please visit the Gainful Employment Program Information page.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Prepare a business plan.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Analyze a target market and develop product, pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies to meet customers' needs at a profit.
  • Describe the U.S. legal system and the legal environment of business by outlining the basic principles of law that apply to business transactions.