*Pending approval for Fall 2017 startup
Students will be exposed to the following: essentials of small business accounting; people-management skills necessary for hiring, motivating, and supervising employees; business planning and financial forecasting skills; fundamentals of obtaining small business start-up funding; laws and regulations associated with small business ownership; customer service techniques; and small business marketing techniques with a possible emphasis on internet marketing, including social networking and basic web design. When seeking to launch a business venture, the more expertise and skill one can obtain in a marketable profession (air conditioning, photography, web design, etc.), the odds of success increase. The CSC is primarily designed for individuals who have already obtained a skill that can be turned into a business venture.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Create a business plan that can be used to start and fund a small business start-up or expansion;
- Perform small business accounting tasks and understand the forms and documents associated with managing a small business accounting system;
- Demonstrate human relationship skills used to successfully interrelate with customers, associates, employees, and superiors in a business setting;
- Understand essential legal and regulatory requirements for small business;
- Recognize the features, advantages, and disadvantages of business ownership categories (e.g., proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.);
- Develop marketing strategies for successful products and services.
Minimum credits: 20
Length: 1-2 semesters
Career opportunities:Earnings for small business owners will vary based on the type of business, location, and other factors.
The top five industries of high-growth firms in 2015 were: 1) IT Services, 2) Advertising Marketing, 3) Business Products Services, 4) Health, and 5) Software.(Source: Kauffman Foundation)
Since the recession of 2009-11, small businesses have accounted for67 of net new jobs.Source: US Small Business Association)
Division:Business, Engineering, Industrial Technologies
Contact:434.797.8440 or 434.797.8474
|Course Title||Lecture Hours||Lab Hours||Hours in Class||Credits|
|BUS 165 Small Business Management||3||0||3||3|
|ACC 220/ Accounting for Small Business OR|
|ACC 111/Accounting 1 OR|
|FIN 215 Finance||3||0||3||3|
|MKT 216/Retailing OR|
|MKT 228/Promotion OR|
|MKT 281 Internet Marketing||3||0||3||3|
|ITE 115/Intro to Computer Applications OR|
|ITD 115 Web Page Design Site Mgmt.||2-3||0-2||3-4||3|
|BUS 236/ Business Communication OR|
|CST 100 Public Speaking||3||0||3||3|
|BUS 298/ Seminar Project OR|
|BUS 297 Cooperative Education 1||3||0||3-15||3|
|BUS 199 Supervised Study 2||1||0||1||1|
|BUS 299 Supervised Study 3||1||0||1||1|
1 If a student participates in BUS 297, Cooperative Education, contact hours would equate to 15 hours of internship-style work per week for the duration of the semester
2 Create thorough business plan in BUS 165; participate in the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center Small Business Idea Fair; work with mentors already in a similar business.
3 Enhance business plan initially developed in BUS 165; participate in business counseling with the Launch Place and/or the Longwood SBDC; visit with funding sources; and possibly launch business venture.
For more information consult the College Catalog