Small Business Start-Up

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

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.


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

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

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
MGT253Owning and Operating a Small Business3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
SBS213Hiring and Managing Employees1
SBS214Small Business Customer Relations1
SBS220Internet Marketing for Small Business2
SBS230Financial and Tax Management for Small Business2
  • Describe the strategic, operational and functional role in marketing plays in business growth. (MKT271)
  • Describe the effects of leadership styles, employee styles, and interpersonal communication methods on the role of the supervisor. (SBS213)
  • Create techniques to motivate employees and encourage positive behavior. (SBS213)
  • Describe how customer perceptions of a business are formed and identify key strategies for improving customer perception. (SBS214)
  • Present an overview of the Internet as a marketing tool for your business needs. (SBS220)
  • Apply basic accounting principles to a small business. (SBS230)
  • Conduct a self-analysis to determine if one has the personal qualities essential for owning and operating a small business.
  • Create a business plan. (MGT253)

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.