Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Certificate (ESBM)

(CIP Code 520701)

27 Semester Hours

The Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Certificate program is designed to provide a foundation for those seeking to start, build or manage their own business. The program introduces students to a variety of topics, such as assessing organizational strategies and practices, developing a business idea and plan, applying sound management principles to real-life business situations, and understanding key functions such as business law, customer service, e-commerce, small business operations and quality. Students will work on their own business plan and will be connected with coaches who can help with individual problems and next steps in their business development process.

Students may apply courses in the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management Certificate toward the Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Management.

Developmental Courses

This program of study requires that all developmental courses must be completed prior to graduation. These developmental courses may or may not be prerequisites to courses required in the program. Developmental courses are determined by placement tests taken at the time of admission into the college. The developmental courses are MAT 013 and RWR 032. These courses do not count for credit in any program of study.


This program requires that CPT 102 (Basic Computer Concepts) must be successfully completed prior to entry in the program or placement into CPT 101 (Introduction to Computers).

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:


ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 303

BUS 101 Introduction to Business 303

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303

MKT 135 Customer Service Techniques 303



BUS 121 Business Law I 303

BUS 210 Introduction to E-Commerce in Business 303

MGT 121 Small Business Operations 303



BUS 110 Entrepreneurship 303

IDS 201 Leadership Development 303



27027Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Business, Management & Administration

Program Contact

Fulcher, Diane M. Department Chair