Business Fundamentals - Small Business - 354
Want to manage your own business? Learn the ins and outs of managing a small business. This program is a combination of in-class facilitated discussions, and practical hands-on experiences.
- Learn to effectively manage a small business throughout the 5 stages of small business growth.
- Learn the fundamentals of operating a lean, agile business that can respond to external factors forcing change.
- Graduate with a comprehensive business plan that gives you a head start in obtaining funding and launching your own business.
You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab).
Admission & Registration
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered. Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate.
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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.
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|Course Number||Course Name||Course Description|
|BUSN10236||Introduction to Small Business||Examine small business concepts, start-up principles as well as roles within new enterprises. Develop basic entrepreneurial skills such as entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mindsets, business networking and business planning using The Business Model Canvas tool. 42 hours.|
|BUSN10238||Computer Skills for Business||Use popular small business software and technology such as Quickbooks, Microsoft and Google suite for basic business purposes. Integrate essential documents, reports, financial statements and create designs to support a business plan and professional communication. 56 hours.|
|BUSN10239||Accounting Essentials||Develop a broad understanding of accounting and financial management concepts and terminologies. Create basic Income Statements, Balance Sheet Statement and Cash Flow Statements. Using software such as Quickbooks, apply data analysis to other parts of the business through basic bookkeeping skills. 42 hours.|
|CREDAS101||First Year Foundations||Build important analytical, creative, and practical skills that promote personal, academic, and employment success. Identify appropriate strategies to help you adapt to change, clarify and achieve educational and career goals, manage time, and balance priorities for personal development and academic benefit. Increase your digital literacy skills and develop new strategies for organizing information, evaluating/citing scholarly source material and academic research, and engaging in college-level research and writing. 42 hours.|
|MATH10083||Basic Math Review and Business Math||Practice basic mathematic and algebraic skills, including numeracy and problem solving. Review order of operations, exponents, algebra, and re-arranging formulas, equations, trade and cash, discounts, markup/markdown, and break even analysis. 56 hours.|
|BUSN10242||Business Planning and Funding for Entrepreneurs||Conduct market research and prepare a complete business plan using a guided template, and practice pitching the business plan to a live audience. Explore multiple financial sources available for small businesses. 56 hours.|
|BUSN10243||Introduction to Marketing and Digital Tools for the Small Business||Examine the core marketing concepts for small businesses and start-ups and discuss the strategic selection, usage and social media etiquette to market the business and/or brand messaging. Discuss target marketing, value proposition, customer relationships management, e-commerce and marketing communication. Conduct market research and create and deliver a preliminary marketing plan in a real world business case. 56 hours.|
|BUSN10244||Staffing & Leading a Small Business||Discuss concepts, strategies and skills associated with recruiting, managing and leading people within a small to medium sized enterprise. Apply self-assessments metrics to broader leadership theories. Participate in a cross-functional group exercise to practice communicating and sharing ideas in a team setting. 42 hours.|
|BUSN10245||Introduction to Operations||Examine general operational issues confronting small businesses and discuss the interrelationships of the multi-functions of small business operations. Develop an operations plan for integration into their business plan. Gain hands on experience and demonstrate a practical operations mindset in decision making and problem solving skills by working in a real world business case. 42 hours.|
|BUSN10246||Customer Relationship Management||Using selected software, organize customer leads and data in order to strategically craft the appropriate communication that will convert to sales. Examine concepts and skill such as networking, prospecting, core selling skills and closing a sale, as well as post-sale customer service. Discuss communication strategies and skills to support relationship building with diverse customers. 42 hours.|
|BUSN10247||Legal Essentials for the Small Business||Examine appropriate statutes, laws and legal systems, including business organization, taxes, contracts, intellectual properties and employment laws. Discuss essential start-up business topics such as registering, incorporating, trademarking, copywriting and legal operations of a small to medium size enterprise. 42 hours.|
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|COMM11040||Communication D||Communication is an introductory college level English course. Through a variety of assignments, successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students with basic skills to college level foundational skills. 56 hours.|
|COMMLL041||Communication||Communication is an introductory college level English course. Students exiting this course will demonstrate competence in grammar, sentence structure, and writing skills. Successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students to college level foundation skills. 42 hours.|
The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.
|Course Code||Course Name||Fall 2021
(Sep to Dec)
|BUSN10236||Introduction to Small Business|
|BUSN10238||Computer Skills for Business||OntarioLearn|
|CREDAS101||First Year Foundations||MyCanvas|
|MATH10083||Basic Math Review and Business Math|
|BUSN10242||Business Planning and Funding for Entrepreneurs|
|BUSN10243||Introduction to Marketing and Digital Tools for the Small Business||OntarioLearn|
|BUSN10244||Staffing & Leading a Small Business|
|BUSN10245||Introduction to Operations|
|BUSN10246||Customer Relationship Management|
|BUSN10247||Legal Essentials for the Small Business|
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- Sales Representatives
- Small Business Owners
- Franchisees or Franchisors
Where you could work includes:
- Build your own business
- Purchase an existing business
- Own/operate a franchise
- Manage a small business
- Financial services
- Personal services
- Educational services
- Advertising and promotion