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Business Department
Business Department

The Business Department offers a wide range of classes and programs taught by experts in their field. A certificate or degree in Business or a business-related field can give you the added edge employers are looking for in today's demanding climate. We offer instruction for students who want to improve their skills, obtain a degree or certificate or transfer to a 4 year institution. To learn more about our Business degrees and certificates, please visit our district-wide Business shared page: Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management

Business Department 602-285-7388

Administrative Specialist, Sr. – Natalie Barnes, n.barnes@phoenixcollege.edu
Department Chair – Brenda Maynard, brenda.maynard@phoenixcollege.edu
Phone number: 602-285-7881

Program Directors and Related Programs:

 

Sherlyn Celaya / sherlyn.celaya@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7373
Administrative Professional, BPC Application courses, CIS105 Course Coordinator, 
Fashion Merchandising, Marketing & Sales, MS Office App, Social Media Marketing
 
Dawson Dopp / dawson.dopp@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7376
General Business, Management, Organizational Management/Leadership, Retail 
Management, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, 
Securities Industry Essentials, Business Administration Fastrack.

Doug Northway / doug.northway@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7681
Accounting and Banking & Finance

Mark Sassetti / mark.sassetti@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7450
Enrolled Agent, Coordinator of VITA Program, and Business Internships

Internships
A Business internship at Phoenix College can offer you real-world experience and also serves as a valuable reference for future employment. Many graduates experience quicker job placement after completing an internship. Here are few good reasons you should participate in an internship:

  • Internships can be an invaluable tool or resource for your future
  • Education and work experience go hand-in-hand
  • Skills gained will help you compete in today's job market
  • Build your resume

We offer business internships in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Management

Mark Sassetti at 602.285.7450 or
Email: mark.sassetti@phoenixcollege.edu

 

Business Tutors:
    Medhat Zekri – BPC & CIS Application Courses
    medhat.zekri@phoenixcollege.edu
    Carlos Chavez Garcia – Accounting Courses
    juan.chavez.garcia@phoenixcollege.edu

Business Advisors:
    Julie Thometz
    julie.thometz@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7712
    Kay Harrison
    kay.harrison@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7145


New and Updated Programs

Securities Industry Essentials new as of Fall 2021

  • Builds the industry knowledge and skills for individuals to prepare for careers in Financial Services.
  • Students with the requisite experience in the field who complete this CCL can pursue employment in a variety of security industry jobs.
  • This CCL also helps to prepare students for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Securities Industry Essentials (SIE).

Enrolled Agent new as of Spring 2021

  • Complete the Enrolled Agent (EA) Certificate of Completion with only Six (6) Courses at Phoenix College.
  • In as little as two semesters you can become a Tax Professional and prepare to earn the EA Credential specializing in Federal Income Tax.
  • Increase your earning potential as a Tax Preparer 
  • Select this link for more information on our Enrolled Agent and VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) programs

Small Business Management updated Spring 2021 AND Entrepreneurial Studies updated Spring 2021

Small Business Management/Entrepreneurial Opportunities:

Are you ready to launch your dream business? If you have a business idea that you want to start, then consider participating in two entrepreneurial opportunities at PC, Select this link for more information below. The Big Pitch and the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund

 


Transfer Degree Information

Two-year transfer degrees are available for the following Business fields.

Business — Transfer Degree: The Associate in Business Degree, General Requirements (ABUS-GR) is a two-year degree designed for all Business majors* that will transfer to ALL Arizona State Universities. *Exception: For Computer Information Systems majors, use the ABUS-SR.

Stretch your horizons by looking into our transfer degrees—we work closely with all three state universities (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona). To find out more, contact a Business Advisor or Program Director
 


Business Department Computer Lab (B301)

The Business Computer Lab is closed during the summer.

Note: A current Phoenix College ID and enrollment in a Business class is required for entrance to the lab.

Lab Coordinator: Janice Moore / janice.moore@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7981
 


Internships

A Business internship at Phoenix College can offer you real-world experience and also serves as a valuable reference for future employment. Many graduates experience quicker job placement after completing of an internship. Here are few good reasons you should participate in an internship:

  • Internships can be an invaluable tool or resource for your future
  • Education and work experience go hand-in-hand
  • Skills gained will help you compete in today's job market
  • Build your resume

We offer business internships in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • Marketing
  • Management

 


PBL – Phi Beta Lambda - (Business Club)

PBL Phi Beta Lambda (Business Club)The Phoenix College PBL Business club prepares students who are interested in pursuing a career in the business field through local, state, and national competitions. If you are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to  meet and network with others at the local, state, or national Levels, then PBL is the club for you. PBL is the college version of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), so if you belonged  to the FBLA or DECA clubs in high school, then this is the club for you.

Faculty Advisor:
Doug Northway - doug.northway@phoenixcollege.edu / 602.285.7681


Enrolled Agent Program and VITA information

  1. Average Enrolled Agent Salary in Arizona as of June, 2021 was approximately $56,800 as per ZipRecruiter.com.
  2. To take the next step, please watch this video and see a Phoenix College Business Advisor today!
  3. Participate in our VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) program. Highlights of this program are:
  • Get your Taxes done for Free!
  • Accurate Tax Preparation and Filing Services using IRS Tax Software
  • As a current or former student of ACC 121 or ACC 221, volunteer with VITA and get critical Work Based Experience as a Tax Preparer.
  • Over $109,000 in Federal and State Tax Refunds was returned to our Tax Clients during the 2021 Tax Season by Phoenix College VITA Volunteers.

 

For more information contact:
Mark Sassetti – mark.sassetti@phoenixcollege.edu


The Big Pitch

  • A great opportunity for entrepreneurial students to put their business idea to the test and learn from some of the brightest business minds in the Phoenix Metro area. 
  • College competition held in the Fall semester – winner from each college goes to the District-wide competition
  • District-wide competition to win cash and resources that are put towards starting your business.
  • Receive mentoring by PC’s business faculty on topics from business plans to successful pitching tips.
  • Win the competition at PC and spend a week-long student start-up accelerator at The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation.  
  • After the week at CEI, students pitch again to find a District-wide winner. 

Applicant Criteria:

We’re looking for highly motivated students (or a student team) from Phoenix College to pitch their business idea. In order to be accepted into The Big Pitch program, you will need to meet the following criteria: 

  • You must be enrolled in at least 3 credits at Phoenix College during the fall semester to qualify for the Phoenix College Pitch and 3 credits during the spring semester for the PC winner to move on to the District Big Pitch competition. 
  • You have a basic business plan for your idea OR you’ve recently launched your business and you’re looking for guidance and support to help it grow. 
  • You are serious about launching a business and getting into revenue quickly.

Contact one of us for more information about these opportunities!

Sherlyn Celaya - sherlyn.celaya@phoenixcollege.edu

Dawson Dopp - dawson.dopp@phoenixcollege.edu

 


Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund

Business Department | EEVFA Announcement Fall 2021City of Phoenix Logo

  • Opportunity for current or potential entrepreneurs within the Maricopa Community College District to receive financial assistance for business expenses up to $2,500.
  • The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund (EEVF) have partnered with the Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCD) to provide a seed fund for the funding and mentoring support of Maricopa Community College students wanting to start or scale up a business idea.
  • Any Maricopa student can apply as EEVF is wanting to help new businesses that may not have access to capital.
  • Winning applicants get financial assistance and also have mentors at the Small Business Development Center.

For student entrepreneurs to qualify to apply, you must be meet the following guidelines:

  • You are currently enrolled for 3 or more credit hours at Phoenix College during the semester applying for funding.
  • A feasibility plan using the Lean Canvas template (Will be provided to the student)
  • A set of realistic functional financial reports with a minimum of 2 years of projected startup costs, revenue, expenses, profits, and cash flow.  (It is not realistic to project $12,000 of revenue in year one and $700,000 in year two.  Projections are to be reasonably achievable.) The template will be provided to the student.
  • Formation of a legal entity for the business (LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, Non-profit Corporation) to be completed within 90 days of receiving funding. You may request funding for completing the legal entity in your cover letter. Funding for the legal entity may be disbursed with no additional funds disbursed until the legal entity is completed.
  • A commercial bank account, in the name of the business, opened using an EIN (not a personal SS#).  Disbursed funds must go into the commercial account.
  • Provide a cover letter that explains your financial request. How much is needed? You may request from $500 – up to a limit of $2,500.  Please show how the funds will be used if approved.  Also, provide a schedule of when the funds would be needed as funds may not be disbursed al at the same time.
  • Commitment that your business will be in positive cash flow within 6-12 months of launch that is documented in your financial projections document.
  • Provide a resume.

All funded ventures will have ongoing requirements for mentoring and reporting for up to one year after initial disbursement of the funds.

Contact one of us for more information about these opportunities!

Sherlyn Celaya - sherlyn.celaya@phoenixcollege.edu

Dawson Dopp - dawson.dopp@phoenixcollege.edu