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Small Business


The Small Business Start-Up program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to become entrepreneurs. Courses provide a background in marketing, management, finance, and a capstone course in which students complete a business plan. The goal of the Small Business Start-Up certificate is to create a foundation for prospective small business owners and contribute to the long-term success of the business community

Knowledge and Skills

Skills and knowledge gained in the program include the ability to:

  • Understand the strategic, operational and functional role in marketing plays in business growth.
  • Describe the effects of leadership styles, employee styles, and interpersonal communication methods on the role of the supervisor.
  • Present an overview of the Internet as a marketing tool for your business needs.
  • Apply basic accounting principles to a small business.
  • Create a business plan.

Career and Employment Outlook

  • Career potential/possibilities
    • Provides students with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the general operation of a small business.
    • Provides students with the knowledge to start a small business, generate positive profit margins, and potentially develop the ability to sustain a successful small business operation.
  • Career pathways to advance degree
    • Upon completion of the course, students can receive 9 credit hours.
    • Credits are transferable to all schools within the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), and most other colleges and universities. 
  • Overall educational experience
    • Tremendous business opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs.
    • Networking opportunities provide students with other business ideas.  
    • Understanding the operational, marketing, and financial components of the business plan enable students to enter any business arrangement with an understanding of business and operations management.