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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ontario College Certificate - Part-time

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  • Objectives
    The program deals with the major functional and planning concepts necessary in determining the feasibility of the business and in developing a comprehensive business plan. The program guides the student through the pragmatic steps necessary to start and operate a small business including developing the personal skills needed for success as an entrepreneur. It also addresses in detail both the Marketing Plan and Financial Plan. By working through the exercises in the program and building the Business Plan, the student establishes a sound base on which to start his/her own small business. Entrepreneurial, action-oriented individuals are best suited for this program.
  • Entry requirements
    This certificate program is designed to assist individuals who are interested in starting or taking over a small entrepreneurship business, is suitable for those who are planning on starting a business in the next few years as well as those who are thinking about being self-employed sometime in the future.
  • Academic Title
    Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    BUS1040      Introduction To Small Business
    Description: The small business and entrepreneurship sectors are among the fastest growing in today’s business economy. The success of the business is intertwined with that of the business owner. Challenges and rewards of running a business; basic business structures; networking; generating business ideas are some of the units covered. The course emphasizes personal skills that are required to put forward a solid business persona to the public while at the same time introducing basic business concepts and basic start-up information.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    FIN1015     Small Business Finance
    Description: Recommended: BUS1040 Introduction to Small Business or equivalent knowledge. Covering the essentials of the Financial Plan, a key section of any Business Plan, this course leads the student entrepreneur from an understanding of financial statements, through Government Assistance and Licencing, to the all-important Financial Plan.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    MGMT1060     Small Business Management
    Description: Recommended: BUS1040 Introduction to Small Business or equivalent knowledge. The key to managing starts with a credible plan. Once the requirements of an ideal business plan are covered, students delve into the details of day-to-day management such as credit and collections, labour law, and managing the purchasing and inventory process.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    MGMT1070     Small Business Plan

    Description: This course applies the knowledge of the prerequisite courses by requiring students to research, design and complete a comprehensive business plan. The fundamentals of business planning, components of the plan and the required projections for both owner and lenders are among some of the topics reviewed. The final plan will be reviewed by a panel of entrepreneurs and/or professionals. Students who have completed a marketing and financial feasibility study on their own may be admitted into the course upon application and review.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: BUS1040, FIN1015, MGMT1060, MKT1020

    MKT1020     Small Business Marketing
    Description: This course will guide the student through the necessary steps to identify and research a target market for a product or service. The course will review how to design a market strategy; how to research trends in specific industry sectors; how to conduct an organized study of competitors; pricing your product or service; ?the elevator pitch? and how and where to find information. Students will develop a feasibility study and a marketing plan through goal setting and market research; location analysis, customer service and selling.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

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