Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate program is ideal for individuals planning to consult for small businesses or to open a small business. This intensive introduction to business planning includes defining the primary vision through market size assessment and strategic operations planning; how to finance, staff, and implement a new venture; and how to manage growth.

The Small Business Institute® consistently wins national recognition in the annual Case of the Year competitions. The primary report, prepared by an MBA student consulting team for a client’s small business (under the direction of a faculty advisor), provides a unique, real-life learning experience for the students and a bankable business plan for the client.

At Plymouth State, you can take up to 12 credits before being admitted—so, you don’t need to apply in order to complete the Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate, however there are minimum requirements that must be met in order for your certificate to be awarded. No admissions tests are required.

    • Required Courses
    • 3
      Student teams examine, research and present case findings and recommendations orally and in writing. Constant attention is given to those problems unique to small businesses. Students will go out into the field with the instructor as a team. Students will act as business consultants to a business in the area under the Small Business Institute Program at Plymouth State University. Prerequisites: BU 5120 and BU 5210.
    • 3
      Required for a six-credit Small Business Institute project which includes primary and secondary research, complex financial analysis and a comprehensive plan including specific recommendations for improvements in business operations. Final report preparation of findings and recommendations to the small business client are requirements of this course. Prerequisite: BU 5500.
    • 3
      This course focuses on business start-ups, providing an intensive introduction to business planning from the defining of a primary vision through market size assessment and strategic operations planning, to the financing, staffing and implementation of the new venture. Course includes readings on entrepreneurship, case studies of both small and large examples of successful new ventures and student fieldwork. Software available to help business planning will be introduced for hands-on use. Students will each prepare a formal business plan for new ventures. Prerequisites: BU 5120 and BU 5210.

Plus choose one course from the following:

  • 3
    A review of theory and research findings in the field of organizational behavior, with emphasis on applications by practicing managers. Topics to be covered include perception, motivation, leadership, communication, group dynamics, conflict management and organization theory. Pedagogical techniques include case analysis, presentations, role plays and other experiential activities. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Legal Environment.
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    A basic understanding of legal problems is expanded, analytical ability is developed, and an awareness of the presence of legal problems that surround the businessperson is explored. Freedom of choice, taxation, stockholder status, acquisitions and divisions, antitrust, employment, administrative law, and bankruptcy are covered as time allows. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Legal Environment.
  • 3
    The objective of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of marketing techniques, strategies and tactics employed by the marketing manager. This course will cover the use of the 'marketing mix' elements as they pertain to the planning and implementation of the marketing plan. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
  • Total for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate – 12 credits

Did you know that you can apply your Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate credits toward your MBA?

By completing an additional six MBA courses, you can roll your Small Business and Entrepreneurship courses into a full 30-credit MBA. No admissions tests are required and financial aid is available for qualified students.

  • Additional MBA Core Courses – 18 credits
  • 3
    A review of theory and research findings in the field of organizational behavior, with emphasis on applications by practicing managers. Topics to be covered include perception, motivation, leadership, communication, group dynamics, conflict management and organization theory. Pedagogical techniques include case analysis, presentations, role plays and other experiential activities. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Legal Environment.
  • 3
    A complete corporate financial management course. Content covers the classic areas of valuation, capital structure and budgeting as well as more specialized financial topics. Online version incorporates online course materials and exercises. Prerequisite: BU 5190 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Business Finance.
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    Today's business climate demands managers who can make decisions involving the best use of an organization's scarce resources under conditions that change rapidly. This course demonstrates the power of problem-solving insights and uses a cross-functional approach. Topics to be covered include strategic pricing using game theory, forecasting techniques and demand estimation, cost analysis, linear programming and optimization under various market structures. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Economics and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    A basic understanding of legal problems is expanded, analytical ability is developed, and an awareness of the presence of legal problems that surround the businessperson is explored. Freedom of choice, taxation, stockholder status, acquisitions and divisions, antitrust, employment, administrative law, and bankruptcy are covered as time allows. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Legal Environment.
  • 3
    Examination of the nature and structure of decision-making in the midst of uncertainty. Formal techniques for measurement of risks and rewards are applied to case studies based chiefly on production systems. Concludes with a survey of current techniques for operations analysis, planning and control. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    The objective of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of marketing techniques, strategies and tactics employed by the marketing manager. This course will cover the use of the 'marketing mix' elements as they pertain to the planning and implementation of the marketing plan. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
  • Total for MBA in General Management with a certificate in Small Business and Entrepreneurship – 30 credits minimum

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