Business Fundamentals - Small Business - 354

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Want to manage your own business? Learn the ins and outs of managing a small business.

Program Highlights

  • This program is a combination of in-class facilitated discussions, and practical hands-on experiences offered through Mohawk College’s Centre for Entrepreneurship including mentorship, speaker series, and the opportunity to participate in a live Pitch competition.

What you'll learn

  • 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.

How you'll learn

Online learning

  • No set schedule: Classes are formatted in an asynchronous format, so you can continue other life commitments and study at a time that’s convenient to you.
  • Bite-sized content: Course material is broken down into small digestible modules giving you the opportunity to learn on the go.
  • Newest technology: Your course will be delivered in a modern format that uses the newest learning technologies such as community boards, gamification, videos and other interactive elements.

In-person learning

  • Face-to-face interaction: Interact with instructors and peers in real-time. Participate in discussions and receive immediate feedback.
  • Experience campus life: Take advantage of your time on campus and use facilities like the library, the gym, food services and different events that happen on campus.
  • Structure and discipline: In-class learning can contribute to a more structured and disciplined environment. It can also provide a routine and social interaction.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 8 months)


Domestic and International student admission requirements

Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Tuition and Fees

2024 - 2025 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees$881.96$785.16
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Compulsory Program Fees$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,236.00$2,139.20
Total 1st Year Fees$4,375.20

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2024 - 2025 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees$8,525.00$8,525.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Program Compulsory Fees$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00 $375.00 
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,975.00$8,900.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,875.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

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Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Program of studies for students starting Fall 2019 is subject to change.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Participate in Labs to develop career-enhancing skills by learning current business software

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

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 SURGEweb site.

Connect to industry and potential partners, as well as gain access to critical resources through SURGE, Mohawk’s dedicated Entrepreneurship program. SURGE provides expert training on how to pitch your idea, matched with a business mentor or coach and find yourself in a co-working space with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Sales Representatives
  • Small Business Owners
  • Franchisees or Franchisors

Where you could work includes:

  • Build Your Own Business
  • Buy an Existing Business
  • Own/Operate a Franchise
  • Manage a Small Business
  • Retail
  • Financial Services
  • Personal Services
  • Educational Services
  • Advertising and Promotion

Educational Pathways

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Upon completion of Business Fundamentals - Small Business

When you have completed this Business Fundamentals - Small Business program, you will have the option to transfer directly into the second semester of many business diploma programs within Mohawk. See below for the details.



If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program.

Transfer from

You can transfer to the Business Fundamentals - Small Business - 354 from the following programs:

Graphic Design

Fennell Campus (FF)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Massage Therapy

Fennell Campus (FF)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Receiving Program

Transfer to

You can transfer from the Business Fundamentals - Small Business - 354 to the following programs:

Business (General)

Fennell Campus (FF)
Online Learning
Ontario College Diploma


Fennell Campus (FF)
Ontario College Diploma

Mohawk College makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of each transfer opportunity. Please note that changes may occur in program offerings, admission requirements, and transfer credits granted by the receiving institutions. We advise all students to check with the receiving institution directly for the most up-to-date information.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Search for more pathways with Ontario public colleges and universities.

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Program Coordinator

Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Program Coordinator of Business Fundamentals


  • Laura Cole
    Laura Cole
    Program Coordinator of Business Fundamentals

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Program Coordinator

Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Program Coordinator of Business Fundamentals

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2024
Online Learning
Sep 2024
Jan 2025
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