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About the South Mountain Community College Community Entrepreneur Center

Do you own your own business or want to start a business? Let South Mountain Community College help you start your business or expand your current business. We offer the classes and programs you need to make your dream a reality, and take your business to the next level.

Our Small Business Certificates of Completion include classes in general business, management, marketing and more, to give you a well-rounded and thorough understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s highly competitive business climate.

Our Community Entrepreneurship Center will provide you with even more resources: strengths analysis, just-in-time training, brown bag sessions and mentoring from success local business and community leaders.

Certificate of Completion: Entrepreneurial Studies Level I (10 Credits)

Many of us dream of going into business for ourselves, but don’t know where to begin. If that’s you, here’s your starting point. The coursework required for this CCL will familiarize you with different types of business start-up opportunities, help you create a business plan and feasibility study, and familiarize you with a history of entrepreneurship and its impact on society. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses within the program.

Required Courses

EPS150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
EPS160 New Venture Creation (2)
EPS195 Business Start-Up and Planning (2)
GBS/HEC132 Personal and Family Financial Security (3)

Certificate of Completion: Small Business Entrepreneurship (11 Credits)

You know that you have the desire, imagination, and commitment necessary to succeed…but that’s not enough to make it in today’s complex business environment. You also need education and opportunity for entrepreneurial success. SMCC’s Entrepreneurs Institute can offer both.


The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Small Business Entrepreneurship program prepares students to acquire the skills, tools and knowledge necessary for successful start-up and operations of a profit-making business. Emphasis is placed on evaluating potential business opportunities, developing a business plan, and practical application of small business operating principles. Students develop a foundation of business start-up strategies and practices that will enable them to prosper in the ever-changing small business environment. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses within the program.

Required Courses (9 Credits)

EPS195 The Business Plan and Business Start-Up (2)
SBS200 Small Business Operations (2)
SBS202 Small Business Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation (1)
SBS203 Financing and Cash Management for a Small Business (1)
SBS204 Small Business Marketing and Advertising (2)
SBS213 Hiring and Managing Employees (1)

Restricted Electives (2 Credits)


Choose 2 credits from the following list of courses.

SBS211 Small Business Computer Applications (1)
SBS214 Small Business Customer Relations (1)
SBS215 Managing Stress in Small Business (1)
SBS216 Planning for a Small Business (2)
SBS217 Starting/Managing a Home Business (1)
SBS218 Establishing an Import/Export Business (1)
SBS220 Internet Marketing for Small Business (2)
SBS298AA Special Projects (1)
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business (3)

Certificate of Completion: Small Business Start-Up (12 Credits)

Dreaming of starting your own business? Dream no more! The SMCC Small Business Start-Up certificate will get you ready to take that big step.

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Small Business Start-Up program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to become entrepreneurs. Courses provide a background in marketing, management, finance, and a capstone course in which students complete a business plan. The goal of the Small Business Start-Up certificate is to create a foundation for prospective small business owners and contribute to the long-term success of the business community. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better for all courses within the program.

Required Courses (12 Credits)

MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business (3)
MKT271 Principles of Marketing (3)
SBS213 Hiring and Managing Employees (1)
SBS214 Small Business Customer Relations (1)
SBS220 Internet Marketing for Small Business (2)
SBS230 Financial and Tax Management for Small Business (2)

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