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.

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

Program Highlights

  • Experience an exceptional blend of academic content, practical training and advice, through contact with successful business owners, business professionals, government representatives and members of the local business community.

  • Transfer your educational background and work experience to the business world – use the Small Business and Entrepreneurship program to build your business idea.

What you'll learn

  • Learn to effectively manage a small business.
  • Learn how to carry forward an idea within an organization.
  • 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)

Thinking about coming to Mohawk?

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  • Get help completing your application
  • Learn more about what Mohawk has to offer

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Ancillary Fees $717.02 $653.92
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,504.49 $1,504.49
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,221.51 $2,158.41
Total 1st Year Fees $4,379.92

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

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,342.97 $7,342.97
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $7,792.97 $7,717.97
Total 1st Year Fees $15,510.94

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


Domestic and International student admission requirements

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

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 SURGE web 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.



Where you can go next

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

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

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!

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

Contact Student Recruitment
Contact our Student Recruitment team for information on our programs, student life, and more.

Contact Admissions
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

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Pat Pollington

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2019

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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