Venture Creation & Management “Build Your Business" – Technical Studies

Minimum credits: 67

Length: 4 semesters (2 years), if suggested full-time course sequence is followed

Career opportunities: Earnings for small business owners will vary based on location, type of business, etc. The top five high-growth businesses 2015 were: IT, Advertising & Marketing, Business Products & Services, Health, and Software. (Source: Kauffman Foundation)
Since the recession of 2009-11, small businesses have accounted for 67% of net new jobs. (Source: US Small Business Association)

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8440 or 434.797.8474

The Venture Creation degree program teaches students the skills to launch and manage their own viable small business venture. The program consists of a 20-credit core curriculum of financial, marketing, management, and IT courses and a customized menu of courses in specialty skill areas, such as Hospitality, Air Conditioning, Auto Body, Drafting, Welding, Cosmetology, Child Care, Digital Art & Design, Digital Photography, Website Design, etc. Additional electives may include courses to enhance the student's entrepreneurial skills, such as Buying, Retailing, Internet Marketing, Professional Selling, Supervision, Business Law, Web Design, etc. Students must select electives with approval of the program advisor to develop a true skill set associated with operating an independent business venture.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Perform a service or generate a product that can feasibly be marketed as the foundation of a business venture;
  2. Create a business plan that can be used to start & fund a small business start-up or expansion;
  3. Perform small business accounting tasks & understand the forms & documents associated with managing a small business accounting system;
  4. Demonstrate human relationship skills used to successfully interrelate with customers, associates, employees, & superiors in a business setting;
  5. Understand essential legal & regulatory requirements for small business;
  6. Recognize the features, advantages, & disadvantages of business ownership categories (e.g., proprietorship, partnership, corporation, etc.); and
  7. Develop marketing strategies for successful products and services.

Course Sequence

First Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications OR        
ITD 115  Web Page Design & Site Mgmt. 2-3 0-2 3-4 3

ENG 111/115/ College Composition OR Technical Writing

       

ENG 131 OR Technical Report Writing

3 0 3 3

3 - Skill or entrepreneurship electives 3 credits each)

      9
SDV 100  College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
Total 9 0 9 9
Second Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits

ACC 220/Accounting for Small Business OR

       

ACC 111/ FIN 215Accounting 1 OR Finance

3 0 3 3

ECO 120/Survey of Economics OR

1 0 1 1
PSY 126 Psychology for Business 3 0 3 3

4 - Skill or entrepreneurship electives 3 credits each)

      12
Total 18 0 18 18
Third Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
BUS 165  Small Business Management 3 0 3 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Ed. 0 2 2 1

MKT 110/216/Selling OR Retailing OR

       

MKT 228/281 Promotion OR Internet Marketin

3 0 3 3
BUS 199  Supervised Study 1 0 1 1

HUM 198 Sem. & Proj. in Humanities or approved sub)

3 0 3 3

2 - Skill or entrepreneurship electives 3 credits each)

      6
Total 16 2 18 17
Fourth Semester Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits

BIO 100 Basic Human Biology or approved sub)

3 0 3 3

BUS 236/CST 100 Business Commun. OR Public Speaking

3 0 3 3
BUS 299  Supervised Study 1 0 1 1

BUS 298/BUS 297 Seminar & Project OR Coop. Education*

3 0 3* 3

2 - Skill or entrepreneurship electives 3 credits each)

      6
Total 16 0 16* 16

*If a student participates in BUS 297, Cooperative Education, contact hours would equateto 15 hours of internship-style work per week for the duration of the semester.

For more information consult the College Catalog

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