Small Business Management (CP)

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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 Skills3-5
APPLIED OFFICE ENGLISH (3-5 credits/units)
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
Computational Skills
BUS  102BUSINESS MATH APPLICATIONS5
Human Relations
BTEC 148BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL SELF DEVELOPMENT3
Business Core Course
BUS  028BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES3
BUS& 101INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS5
BTEC 100KEYBOARDING1-3
BTEC 150COMPUTER BUSINESS APPLICATIONS5
ECON 101INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS3
MGMT 101PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT3
Major Area Requirements
BUS  029BASIC ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES3
BUS  036ACCOUNTING APPLICATIONS3
BUS  115SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT3
BUS  1353
BUS& 201BUSINESS LAW5
BUS  251PROFESSIONAL SELLING3
BUS  199COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE 11-5
Total Credits/Units58-60

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)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal/human relations skills. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Prepare a business plan.
  • 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.