Small Business Entrepreneurship

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

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.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better required for all courses within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
EPS195The Business Plan and Business Start-Up2
SBS200Small Business Operations2
SBS202Small Business Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation1
SBS203Financing and Cash Management for a Small Business1
SBS204Small Business Marketing and Advertising2
SBS213Hiring and Managing Employees1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select two (2) credits from any of the following courses:
SBS214Small Business Customer Relations1
SBS215Managing Stress in Small Business1
SBS216Planning for a Small Business2
SBS217Starting/Managing a Home Business1
SBS218Establishing an Import/Export Business1
SBS220Internet Marketing for Small Business2
SBS298AASpecial Projects1
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
  • Prepare a detailed business plan for a specific business opportunity to the professional standards required of a lending institution or venture capitalist. (EPS195)
  • Apply problem-solving processes to problems in small business daily operations. (SBS200)
  • Describe the use of advertising media/public relations for a small business. (SBS204)
  • Describe sources, costs and evaluation methods for media use. (SBS204)
  • Create a financial plan for a small business. (SBS203)
  • Apply basic accounting principles to a small business. (SBS202)
  • Complete tax forms needed for most small businesses. (SBS202)
  • Describe effective staff planning personnel cost control and discipline methods. (SBS213)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.