Small Business Entrepreneurship - 179

Ontario College Certificate
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Length of program:
~ 1.5 - 3 years
~$435 per course + textbooks (~ $100 each)
Fall, Winter, Spring
Application Process:
Students can register for course(s) without applying to the program

Develop the skills and knowledge you need for successful small business ownership, management or self-employment. If you are looking to develop your entrepreneurship career path or if you are an existing business owner looking for expert advice on maintaining and running your business, this program is for you! One of the main outcomes in this certificate will be the development of a complete and thorough business plan which can be used for financiers and for your own strategic business planning. This program is also offered through full-time studies.

Continuing Education at Mohawk

Students can take just one or as many courses in the Program of Studies as they would like. If students complete all required courses from the Program of Studies, they can apply for the certificate. For further information on our Continuing Education programs click here. For information on credentials and how they differ from one another click here.


Faculty Bios

Cameron Scott

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Cameron has ten years of experience selling IBM software solutions to banking and financial institutions and leading training and education for IBM sellers. Cameron has used his experience to teach Small Business Marketing and Managerial Communications courses. Cameron received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and Instructor certifications in K& R Negotiations and LinkedIn. Cameron enjoys teaching students to make a difference in their lives and their careers.

Jason Szalai

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Jason has taught courses in Continuing Education in both the Human Resources Certificate program as well as our Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate program. Courses he has taught include Introduction to Human Resources Management, Supervisory Skills for Small Business and Managing the Small Business. Jason has his Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and received his Human Resources Certificate from Mohawk College. Jason has been a franchise operator for Harvey’s restaurants and two Little Caesars locations. He has also worked in various management roles including Regional Management at both companies. Jason uses his vast management knowledge to relay personal experiences to students to help them better understand the material they are learning.

Online Experience

Students have free access to Microsoft Access 365, (which includes Microsoft Office 2013) Lynda, and many other technological resources.

Financial Information

With Continuing Education, each course is priced individually and students only pay for the course(s) they choose to register for. For financial assistance related inquiries please click here or contact 1-844-767-6871. Keep in mind, course prices do not include textbook fees. Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks

Student Services

Peer Tutoring:

Students can access up to three hours of FREE peer tutoring per week of additional academic support, from a student who has successfully completed the course. For more information, click here.


Our Accessible Learning Services Counsellors, Accessibility Support Officers, and Learning Skills Advisor/Adaptive Technologist work with students with disabilities to develop a personalized program of services and academic accommodations. For more information, click here.

Library Resources:

Find out about library computers available and how to borrow laptops and Chromebooks. For more information, click here.

  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a comprehensive business plan
  • Learn to effectively manage a small business
  • Learn how to carry forward an idea within an organization
  • Know how the process of innovation
  • 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
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  • 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.

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How to Register:

Once you have received an offer in to the program you can register for a course. Prior to the course starting you will need an official offer. Click on the Program of Studies page to view all courses and to register online for the available courses this term or for more registration information click here.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Creative, Media and Business

Visit the Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.

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.


Click on the course number below to check current availability and for registration information

Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
COMP10134 Computer Skills for Small Business Learn to produce business reports and communication documents, enter data into existing financial spreadsheets, communicate effectively using e-mail and browse the Web. Tender a draft business plan that will demonstrate competency and submit assignments that will become components of your written business plan. 42 hours.
COMP10135 Computer Skills for Small Business Advanced  Integrate style enhancements, diagrams, flow charts, photographs and other graphic elements to business reports and communication documents. Utilize specialized software to support a comprehensive business plan. Prerequisite: COMP10134. 42 hours.
SBMGSB101 Intro to Small Business and Entrepreneurship Learn success skills important for small business ownership. Develop understanding of the historical and political context of small business in Canada and the major financial areas of business management. 56 hours.
SBMG10018 The Generic Business Plan Develop a generic business plan using a prescribed template provided by a banking institution. Complete the business plan by expanding on its detailed components. Major modules: Comprehensive Business Plan; Financial Plan and Business Presentation. 42 hours.
SBMG10013 Managing the Small Business Study best practices and proven approaches for handling people, data, and systems in the small business. Focus on content and process skills including decision-making, presenting arguments, building teams, introducing change and leadership.
SBMGSB202 Operations and Legal Issues Examine various business topics including ownership models, location strategies, the home-based business, government assistance, licensing requirements, inventory planning, recruitment and selection of employees and human resource legislation. Prerequisite: SBMGSB101. 56 hours.
SBMG10023 Research and Writing Skills for Business Develop business communication skills through various assignments that require research, data analysis and suitable business writing. 42 hours.
MGMTSB102 Small Business - Financial Management Prepare for an entrepreneurial role as a general manager rather than a financial specialist. Develop a broad understanding of accounting and financial management concepts. Prerequisite: SBMGSB101. 56 hours.
SBMG10000 Small Business Marketing Skills Acquire the tools and skills necessary to develop an effective marketing plan for your small business. Prerequisite: SBMGSB101. 56 hours.

Optional Courses – Choose 1

SBMG10015 The Detailed Business Plan Learn to research, develop and present a comprehensive business plan for a business of your choice. Prerequisites: SBMGSB101, SBMG10014 or COMP10134, SBMG10016 or COMP10135, SBMG10000, SMGSB202, MGMTSB102. 56 hours.
SBMG10017 Supervisory Skills for Small Business Exposes students to the concepts and skills associated with managing people within the small to medium sized enterprise. 56 hours.
  • Research and produce a start-up business plan document for a specific small business.
  • Develop the marketing plan component for a specific small business plan.
  • Develop the financial plan component for a specific small business plan.
  • Develop the operations plan component for a specific small business plan.
  • Develop the human resources plan component for a specific small business plan.  Determine relevant licensing and regulatory issues for a specific small business plan.
  • Develop the customer service plan component for a specific small business plan.
  • Utilize computer technology to support small business management.
  • Present and defend business reports in a professional manner.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development and advancement.

*This information can be helpful for your resume or for interview talking points in this field.

Industries of Employment:

  • Business Ownership
  • Retail
  • Landscaping and Landscape Maintenance
  • Financial Services
  • Personal Services
  • Educational Services
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation
  • Advertising and Promotion

Occupational Categories:

  • Sales Representatives
  • Small Business Owners
  • Franchisees or Franchisors

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