Last updated 6/1/2015
Certificate Code: 9597
Small businesses represent the majority of businesses in the United States. This curriculum provides students with the skills and core competencies necessary to successfully start, own, and maintain a small business or franchise. These courses are quite appropriate for those seeking new skills for a career change.
Students complete courses in computerized accounting, business communications, e-commerce, and a simulation to nurture small business management skills. Students learn how to start a new small business, compose a business plan, compile financial statements, and evaluate a small business analyzing its financial statements. Students develop long-term strategies to ensure a small business or franchise is an enriching experience and a rewarding career.
All courses in this curriculum are available online through Black Hawk College.
Small Business Management Certificate
Certificate Code: 9597
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
ACCT 121 — Accounting with QuickBooks (2)
BA 121 — Small Business Management (3)
BA 280 — Introduction to E-Commerce (3)
BA 242 — Principles of Supervision or (3)
BA 243 — Developing Team Skills
BA 245A — Purchasing the Small Business (1)
BA 245B — The Business Plan (1)
Business Online Electives (3)
BA 113 — Business Relations III (1)
BA 118 — Small Business Simulations (3)
1BA 160 — Business Math I (3)
BA 230 — Principles of Marketing (3)
BA 245C — Financial Statement Analysis (1)
BE 180 — Business Communications (4)
Minimum total hours required for certificate (31)
Suggested Business Online Electives
BA 110 — Introduction to Business (3)
BA 241 — Intro to Supply Chain Management (3)
BA 270 — Intro to International Business (3)
BA 287 — International Business Culture (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
ECON 221 — Principles of Macro Economics (3)
ECON 222 — Principles of Micro Economics (3)
1Students enrolling in BA 160 must have an appropriate COMPASS test score (see course description) or have taken MATH 103 or MATH 080.
Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.