Small Business Management Certificate

Program Description

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.


Gainful Employment

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.

Small Business Management Certificate

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

ACCT 121 Accounting with QuickBooks I (2)
BUSN 121 Small Business Mgmt (3)
BUSN 280 Introduction to E-Commerce (3)
BUSN 242 Principles of Supervision or
BUSN 243 Developing Team Skills (3)
BUSN 245A Purchasing the Small Business (1)
BUSN 245B The Business Plan (1)
*Business Online Electives (3)

Second Semester

BUSN 113 Business Relations III (1)
BUSN 118 Small Business Simulations (3)
1BUSN 160 Business Math I (3)
BUSN 230 Prins of Marketing (3)
BUSN 245C Financial Statement Analysis (1)
BE 180 Business Communications (4)

*Suggested Business Online Electives:
BUSN 110 Intro to Business (3)
BUSN 241 Intro to Supply Chain Management (3)
BUSN 270 Intro to International Business (3)
CS 100 Introduction to Computers (3)
ECON 221 Principles of Macro Economics (3)
ECON 222 Principles of Micro Economics (3)

1Students enrolling in BUSN 160 must have an appropriate placement score (see course description)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 31