The Small Business/Entrepreneurship (SBE) program is a two-year program leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.
The program is designed to prepare students with the necessary skills to start their own business or to be a successful employee of a small business. The program features four courses specifically designed to help students begin their own business.
SBE students will develop the necessary skills to make innovative ideas become reality, specifically by:
- Developing an understanding of the entrepreneurial process, from idea generation to the implementation of a new business or social venture.
- Gaining the ability to identify, research and analyze potential markets that would enhance value and profitability.
- Developing an understanding of the concept of risk and how its effect on new ventures can be minimized.
- Demonstrating the capacity to identify and acquire the resources needed for the creation and implementation of a new venture.
Required Common Core
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- The course covers the fundamental principles of accounting and the practical use of accounting tools and techniques. Topics covered include the definition and scope of accounting, accounting records and processes, books of original and subsequent entry, work sheets, adjusting and closing entries, accounting for cash, accounting for negotiable instruments, and accounting for plant assets. An investigation is made of accounting for service businesses and trading concerns.
Note: ACC 122 credit change from 4 credits to 3 credits, effective spring 2014.
- This course surveys business and industry in the United States with global growth strategy. Emphasis is placed on building Communication and Quantitative skills, including Excel spreadsheets, and an Ethical Foundation. The course introduces students to concepts in Management, Organizational Structure, Human Resources, Marketing, International Business, Finance, Computer Information Systems, Accounting, and Economics, and encourages students to explore career paths. Required of all Business majors.
- This course surveys briefly the American legal system and the basic law of contracts. Reference is made to typical business transactions and, by a study of pertinent cases, how the various principles of contract law apply to them.
- This course is designed to present principles common to all communicating situations but which apply predominately to business. The applicability and construction of letters, memos, reports, telephone messages, and E-mails are considered. Relationships of creative, logical, and critical thinking of the problem solving nature of business communication are explored. The course is directed to helping students develop their ability to think, to express themselves in business situations and to use the most effective methods in the most effective way. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 201, SPE 100
- A survey of the fundamental quantitative concepts and tools used in the field of business is presented in this course. Topics in the course include annuities, present value, compound interest, markup and markdown, graphing, equations, inventory, depreciation, breakeven cost, revenue, elasticity, inequalities, and certain aspects of linear-programming.
Prerequisite: MAT 150, MAT 200 or MAT 206 (for Business students only)
Interns can expect to perform various duties related to their major during the internship semester. Sample internship duties may include one or more of the following:
Data entry, providing customer service, developing advertising/marketing materials, recording financial transactions, processing travel reservations, promoting sales, conducting front desk operations, assisting in small business operations, and performing a variety of other business-related tasks.
- This course focuses on the three general areas of 1) money and financial institutions, 2) business financial management, and 3) investments. These areas are surveyed by covering such topics as value and creation of money, the Federal Reserve System, commercial banks, short and medium term financing, and the behavior of securities markets in relation to financing the business enterprise.
Prerequisites: MAT 051 or exemption from Elementary Algebra.
- The marketing system is described, analyzed and evaluated, including methods, policies, and institutions involved in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer. Emphasis is placed on the means of improving efficiency and lowering distribution costs.
- This course studies the management and operations of retail stores. Current practices in store layout, organization, personnel management, service to customers, expense budgeting and control, receiving, and marketing are analyzed. Methods and techniques employed by buyers in selecting new lines, assortment planning, placing orders, pricing and handling, and other phases of the buying job are investigated.
Prerequisite: MAR 100
- This course examines the building blocks of entrepreneurship, including an analysis of the entrepreneur and exploration of business opportunities. The course includes the investigation and practice of products and service creation. The emphasis will be on applying entrepreneurship concepts to a business idea and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
Corequisite: BUS104 only for business majors.
- The world environment of business enterprise is surveyed broadly in this course. Emphasis is placed on foreign trade and investment problems, patterns and opportunities. The performance of business functions in an international context and basic terminology of international business are examined.
Prerequisite: BUS 104 and ECO 201
- This course covers the scope and trends of small business in the economy. The general functions of management, factors in business success and failure, and the entrepreneur's qualifications are covered. Case studies, mathematical decision making, and microcomputer applications are integral parts of the creation of a usable business plan.
Prerequisite: [(BUS 104 and SBE 100) or (SBE 200 and SBE 300)]
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- For students whose first language is not English, SPE 102 will satisfy this requirement.