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Business Micro Finance

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Business Micro Finance program is designed to introduce individuals to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business planning, venture pitching, and business operations skills. Upon completion, student-entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to work with a local financial institution to apply for a micro-finance small business loan from $500 to $2,500. The funds may be used for business start-up activities such as licensing, compliance, web site, or marketing materials. Examples of using the Funds for business growth include adding business ecommerce capabilities, equipment, or raw material costs.


Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2018 Summer
Award notes

Includes completion of Entrepreneurial Studies Level I CCL (5819).

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better required for all courses within the program.
All lending is done by third party community partners. Maricopa Colleges are not authorized to take, accept, review, approve or fund any loan under this program.
Student must be of legal majority age to sign loan documents.

This program will be replaced by:
CCL/5819N Entrepreneurial Studies Level I
CCL/5820 Entrepreneurial Studies Level II

Academic Plan Code: 
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EPS150Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
EPS160New Venture Creation2
EPS162Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship3
EPS195Business Start-Up and Planning2
GBS/HEC132Personal and Family Financial Security3
SBS200Small Business Operations2
STO289ABUsing Storytelling in Business Settings (1) OR
GBS120Workplace Communication Skills (3)1-3
  • Define entrepreneurship. (EPS150)
  • Describe planning activities required for the successful launch of a new venture. (EPS150, EPS160)
  • Differentiate between various types of business start-up opportunities. (EPS150, EPS160)
  • Compare and contrast business financing alternatives. (EPS150, EPS160)
  • Describe components of a successful business feasibility study. (EPS150, EPS160)
  • Complete a business experience assessment. (EPS160)
  • Describe and define social entrepreneurship. (EPS162)
  • Define the role and characteristics of the social entrepreneur and evaluate characteristics of social entrepreneurial organizations. (EPS162)
  • Compare and contrast components of a business plan. (EPS195)
  • Create a preliminary business plan. (EPS195)
  • Compare and contrast principles and practices of personal and family financial planning. (GBS132)
  • Differentiate between types of business financing. (GBS132)
  • Apply problem-solving processes to problems in small business daily operations. (SBS200)
  • Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills (GBS120)
  • Demonstrate record keeping skills as needed. (GBS120)
  • Shape, develop, and tell personal and original stories for marketing and social media use. (STO289AB)

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