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Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management

Academic Programs

(B89) Certificate

This certificate has been designed for current and prospective  business professionals seeking opportunities in creating and managing their own business and entrepreneurship ventures. Students will be introduced to the planning, managing, and goal-setting functions required within small business ownership and entrepreneurship.

Work and Employment

This certificate would enable students to gain skills and competencies to become an entrepreneur or enhance the skills of current entrepreneurs. This certificate would also enhance students' education if they continue towards a four-year degree in business. Click here for further career information: https://www.svcc.edu/academics/programs/individual/b89.html

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Total Hours Required - 25-26 Hours

Major Field Requirements - 13 Hours

  • ACC 101 - Financial Accounting (4 Semester Hours)

    This course presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements, primarily for users external to a business enterprise organized as a corporation. Students study the forms of business organization and the common transactions entered into by businesses. The emphasis is on understanding and applying basic accounting principles and other concepts that guide the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a corporation. The procedures of how to analyze and interpret historical financial statements, as well, and the limitations of using these in making forward-looking business decisions is included. The primary content emphasis will be accounting for current assets and liabilities, long-term assets and liabilities, corporations, cash flow statements, and financial statement analyses. 4 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 903 Lecture/Lab Hours 4 lec/week

  • BUS 103 - Intro to Business (3 Semester Hours)

    Introduction to Business provides a foundation of knowledge in business including an understanding of the basic processes of marketing, finance, production, accounting, information technology, human resource management and the relationships of business to our society and government and the global economy. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • BUS 260 - Entrepreneurship Principles (3 Semester Hours)

    Entrepreneurship Principles examines the various skills, habits and mindset essential for a successful entrepreneurial venture. Real world case studies will provide opportunities to analyze why certain businesses fail while others succeed. Students will also encounter exposure to a variety of entrepreneurship ventures through lectures, group discussions, and research that support growth in problem recognition, solution development, and the exploration of career options. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • ECO 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Semester Hours)

    A survey of macro-economic theory with emphasis on resource allocation in a mixed-enterprise economy. Concentration is on the operation of the market mechanism. The role of government and labor, national income determination and accounting, monetary and fiscal policy and the neoclassical synthesis. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S3 901 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3/lec week

Electives - 12-13 Hours

Choose from the list of ACC, BUS, CIS, and ECO courses below:

  • ACC 102 - Managerial Accounting (4 Semester Hours)

    This course presents accounting as a system of producing information for use in internally managing a business. The course emphasizes the identification, accumulation, and interpretation of information for planning, controlling, and evaluating the performance of the separate components of a business. Included is the identification and measurement of the costs of producing goods or services and how to analyze and control these costs. Decision models commonly used in making specific short-term and long-term business decisions also are included. Prerequisite: ACC 101 4 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 904 Lecture/Lab Hours 4 lec/week

  • BUS 112 - Human Relations (3 Semester Hours)

    Stresses development of the individual and inter-personal relationships applied to business and industry with emphasis upon values, communications, problem solving, motivation and leadership. In addition, human relations skills and organizational behavior concepts are developed within modern organization environments to understand behavior, performance, learning, perception, values, and diversity. Communications skills, conflict resolutions, power, politics, ethics, and team dynamics are presented and analyzed within modern organizations. Organizational development principles such as organizational change, global diversity, productivity, participative management, and time as well as career management skills are presented and applied. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • BUS 205 - Principles of Management (3 Semester Hours)

    Principles of Management analyzes the organizing, planning and controlling of business activities and the directing of people to achieve the objectives of business by studying the current management theories. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • BUS 210 - Marketing (3 Semester Hours)

    An examination of the fundamental principles and functions of marketing, with emphasis on the tools and techniques by which goods are transferred from producer to consumer, not-for-profit marketing, consumer behavior, organizational buying behavior and the relation of marketing to the economic and business structure. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • BUS 222 - The Legal Environment of Bus (3 Semester Hours)

    The legal environment law course is an introductory course to law and the judicial system. Topics covered in the course include federal law, securities, employment, labor relations, social environment laws, product liability and consumer protection. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • BUS 237 - Business & Managerial Ethics (3 Semester Hours)

    This course will examine the basis of the ethical principles of utilitarianism, universalism, distributive justice and personal liberty. These principles will form the basis of ethical analysis of business and managerial cases and dilemmas in the business areas of accountancy, finance, information systems, marketing, management and international business. Professional codes of ethics related to these areas will also be examined. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • CIS 109 - Introduction to Computers (3 Semester Hours)

    This introductory course consists of the study of computer hardware, software, operating systems and communications, networking, Internet, systems and program development life cycles and their role in business decision making. The use of Internet, multimedia, security, and ethics will be emphasized throughout the course. In addition, laboratory experience will be gained with a survey of Microsoft Windows and business computer software applications programs in word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, presentation graphics, and Internet. Prerequisite: None. Students having no experience with computers are encouraged to first take OAS 103-Keyboarding. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 902 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 2 lec, 2 lab/week

  • CIS 220 - Computer Accounting (2 Semester Hours)

    This course covers small business accounting using computer software. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, setting up a new company is covered as well as advanced topics such as exporting to spreadsheet software and using the computer software audit trail. Prerequisite: None. Recommend OAS 103 or CIS 109 and ACC 101. Semester hour(s): 2 Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec, 2 lab/week

  • ECO 212 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 Semester Hours)

    A continuation of ECO 211 with emphasis on micro-economic theory. Concentration is on supply and demand, the theory of the firm, monopoly and imperfect competition, international trade and finance, economic problems of underdeveloped nations and contemporary problems of economic growth and stability in a mixed enterprise economy. ECO 211 is recommended. Prerequisite: ECO 211 recommended. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S3 902 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Suggested Program

First Semester - 13 Hours

  • ACC 101 - Financial Accounting (4 Semester Hours)

    This course presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements, primarily for users external to a business enterprise organized as a corporation. Students study the forms of business organization and the common transactions entered into by businesses. The emphasis is on understanding and applying basic accounting principles and other concepts that guide the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a corporation. The procedures of how to analyze and interpret historical financial statements, as well, and the limitations of using these in making forward-looking business decisions is included. The primary content emphasis will be accounting for current assets and liabilities, long-term assets and liabilities, corporations, cash flow statements, and financial statement analyses. 4 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): BUS 903 Lecture/Lab Hours 4 lec/week

  • BUS 103 - Intro to Business (3 Semester Hours)

    Introduction to Business provides a foundation of knowledge in business including an understanding of the basic processes of marketing, finance, production, accounting, information technology, human resource management and the relationships of business to our society and government and the global economy. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • BUS 260 - Entrepreneurship Principles (3 Semester Hours)

    Entrepreneurship Principles examines the various skills, habits and mindset essential for a successful entrepreneurial venture. Real world case studies will provide opportunities to analyze why certain businesses fail while others succeed. Students will also encounter exposure to a variety of entrepreneurship ventures through lectures, group discussions, and research that support growth in problem recognition, solution development, and the exploration of career options. Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • ECO 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Semester Hours)

    A survey of macro-economic theory with emphasis on resource allocation in a mixed-enterprise economy. Concentration is on the operation of the market mechanism. The role of government and labor, national income determination and accounting, monetary and fiscal policy and the neoclassical synthesis. Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): S3 901 Semester hour(s): 3 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3/lec week

Second Semester - 12-13 Hours

  • Choose four electives listed above.