Small Business and Entrepreneurship - 179

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
Be the boss! But first, learn the ins and outs of starting and managing a small business
Overview

Small Business and Entrepreneurship is a one-year Ontario College Certificate offered at Fennell Campus in Hamilton, Ontario.

Students in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship program will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a comprehensive business plan and learn to effectively manage a small business.

Program Highlights

  • Learn through panel discussions, seminars and workshops focusing on planning, start-up and future development of a successful small business
  • In this interactive program, graduate with a completed business plan that gives you a head start in obtaining funding and launching your own business
  • Learn to effectively manage a small business
  • Learn how to carry forward an idea within an organization
  • Establish networks, both within the classroom and the business community, to advance either business or entrepreneurial career goals
  • Experience an exceptional blend of academic content, practical training and advice enriched through contact with successful business owners, business professionals, government representatives and members of the local business community
  • Enjoy small group and one-on-one faculty coaching
  • Transfer your educational background and work experience to the business world! Take what you learned in college and use the Small Business and Entrepreneurship program to build your business on your educational foundation
  • Mature applicants welcome!

Shining the spotlight on entrepreneurialism at Mohawk
Spotlight on: Melanie Sodtka, McKeil School of Business Professor and Faculty Lead for SURGE. Read about entrepreneurialism at Mohawk, at Mohawk News Desk (opens new window)

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SURGE at Mohawk College
Managed by the McKeil School of Business, SURGE supports entrepreneurship awareness, education, training experiences, learning opportunities, mentorship, star speakers, pitch competitions – all to provide you access to start your own sustainable business! Visit the SURGE web site.

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship program

Option are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Career Opportunities

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • Business Ownership
  • Buy an Existing Business
  • Own/Operate a Franchise
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Personal Services
  • Educational Services
  • Advertising and Promotion

Occupational Categories:

  • Sales Representatives
  • Small Business Owners
  • Franchisees or Franchisors

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Discover what our students are saying!

Fennell Campus
Sep 2017
Open
Cost

Estimated first year tuition and fees

$4,000‐6,000
$6,001‐8,000
$8,001+
Full Cost Breakdown
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"It was a challenge, but I still enjoyed the program—I can honestly say it was fun! It really enabled my personal and professional growth, and helped me to embrace change. I learned how to plan my business’s future development and also how to network effectively. All these skills have contributed to my success. Finally, I made long-lasting friendships while at Mohawk—one of these is now my best friend."
Brandy, Class of 1993
President, Take Control Cosmedix Inc., Owner, The Makeup Source, Hamilton

Hamilton Woman of the Year, 2004

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"It was a challenge, but I still enjoyed the program—I can honestly say it was fun! It really enabled my personal and professional growth, and helped me to embrace change. I learned how to plan my business’s future development and also how to network effectively. All these skills have contributed to my success. Finally, I made long-lasting friendships while at Mohawk—one of these is now my best friend."
Brandy, Class of 1993
President, Take Control Cosmedix Inc., Owner, The Makeup Source, Hamilton

Hamilton Woman of the Year, 2004

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"The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Program gave me the tools I needed to take our family business to the next level. We made significant improvements in our business strategy and continue to do so."
David, Class of 1996
Co-owner, Grand River Home Hardware, Caledonia;
Co-owner, Caledonia Auto Laundry and Dunnville Auto Laundry

Educomm Winner’s Circle Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement, 2003
National Hardware Retail Association (NHRA) Young Retailer of the Year Award (Canada-U.S.), 2004
Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction Award, 2005

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"A major strength of this program is its ability to connect students with real business owners and entrepreneurs—those who have already achieved success by their own initiative. Because of this, the field trips, guest speakers and the mentoring sessions were highlights for me. I learned from the best."
Bob, Class of 1994
Owner, Don’t Fret Musical Instruments, Burlington

Educomm Winner’s Circle Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement, 2005
Professional musician and performer, Guitar repair and restoration specialist
(Don’t Fret has a music school with 13 teachers and 500 students.)

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"I had the technical abilities in music, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Program gave me the business skills needed to move my business out of my home and grow beyond any of my original expectations. This program not only supports its students, but its graduates also. After graduation, one of my professors coached me in the final revision of my financial plan, which I presented to bankers for the loan for my first ‘storefront’ location."
Jennifer, Class of 1998
Owner, Performance School of Music, Locations in Burlington and Hamilton

Runner-up, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2004 Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards

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"The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Program’s business planning process helped my business partner and I to develop new strategies for our existing insurance business including a move to a new location, which has improved our performance significantly."
Linda, Class of 1994
Partner, State Farm Insurance, Hamilton

Educomm Winner’s Circle Award for Entrepreneurial Achievement, 1996

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"The business plan I developed while in the program continues to be a great benefit to the business. As a result of my studies I have compiled a policies and procedures manual, launched an employee benefit program and several years ago developed a company Web site—the first in our industry in this area. We’ve made numerous other changes for the better, many of them due to my experience in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Program."
Gale, RN, Class of 1996
Partner, A-1 Towing and Recovery Services Inc., Hamilton