Business Fundamentals - Small Business - 354

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

Please note: Small Business and Entrepreneurship (179) has been replaced by Business Fundamentals - Small Business (354) starting September 2019.

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.

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 International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Tuition and Fees

2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$846.45 $727.48
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04  $1,354.04 
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,200.49 $2,081.52
Total 1st Year Fees $4,282.01

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

2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2

Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

$8,255.00 $8,255.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A

Program Compulsory Fees

$0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00  $375.00 
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,705.00 $8,630.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,335.00

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

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

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


Pathways to Mohawk 

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.

Pathways within Mohawk

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

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.

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.


Pathways beyond Mohawk

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Program Coordinator

Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Program Coordinator of Business Fundamentals


  • Laura Cole
    Program Coordinator of Business Fundamentals

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinator

Laura Cole

Laura Cole

Program Coordinator of Business Fundamentals

Canadian Domestic Students

Online Learning
Sep 2023
Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2023


Program also available through Continuing Education. Complete your credential part-time in a flexible environment.


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