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Entrepreneurship in Small Business

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program is designed for persons who wish to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to organize and manage a small business. This program addresses management concerns unique to small businesses, including organizational structure, marketing plans, financial analysis, tax requirements, legal issues, and computer applications.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: This program trains students to own, operate, and manage a small business with 100 or fewer employees.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.






BUS 100

Introduction to Business




BUS 116





BUS 165

Small Business Management




ACC 117

Essentials of Accounting




AST 205

Business Communications




FIN 215

Financial Management




MKT 215

Sales and Marketing Management




ITE 115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts








Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Small Business 24



BUS 100 Introduction to Business (3 cr.)

Presents a broad introduction to the functioning of business enterprise within the U.S. economic framework. Introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Develops business vocabulary. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 111 Principles of Supervision I (3 cr.)

Teaches the fundamentals of supervision, including the primary responsibilities of the supervisor. Introduces factors relating to the work of supervisor and subordinates. Covers aspects of leadership, job management, work improvement, training and orientation, performance evaluation, and effective employee/supervisor relationships. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 116 Entrepreneurship (3 cr.)

Presents the various steps considered necessary when going into business. Includes areas, such as product-service analysis, market research evaluation, setting up books, ways to finance start-up, operations of the business, development of business plans, buyouts versus starting from scratch, and franchising. Uses problems and cases to demonstrate implementation of these techniques. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 117 Leadership Development (3 cr.)

Covers interpersonal relations in hierarchical structures. Examines the dynamics of teamwork, motivation, handling change and conflict, and how to achieve positive results through others. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 125 Applied Business Mathematics (3 cr.)

Applies mathematical operations to business process and problems such as wages and payroll, sales and property taxes, checkbook records and bank reconciliation, depreciation, overhead, distribution of profit and loss in partnerships, distribution of corporate dividends, commercial discounts, markup, markdown, simple interest, present values, bank discount notes, multiple payment plans, compound interest, annuities, sinking funds, and amortization. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 165 Small Business Management (3 cr.)

Identifies management concerns unique to small businesses. Introduces the requirements necessary to initiate a small business and identifies the elements comprising a business plan. Presents information establishing financial and administrative controls, developing a marketing strategy, managing business operations, and the legal and government relationships specific to small businesses. Prerequisite: BUS 116 or BUS 200 or school approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 200 Principles of Management (3 cr.)

Teaches management and the management functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Focuses on application of management principles to realistic situations managers encounter as they attempt to achieve organizational objectives. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 201 Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)

Presents a behaviorally-oriented course combining the functions of management with the psychology of leading and managing people. Focuses on the effective use of human resources through understanding human motivation and behavior patterns, conflict management and resolution, group functioning and process, the psychology of decision-making, and the importance of recognizing and managing change. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 205 Human Resource Management (3 cr.)

Introduces employment, selection, and placement of personnel, forecasting, job analysis, job descriptions, training methods and programs, employee evaluation systems, compensation, benefits, and labor relations. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 208 Quality and Productivity Management (3 cr.)

Focuses on the key quality improvement concepts regarding products and services, customers and suppliers, and systems and processes that make quality a part of the work life of an organization. Emphasizes the role of teams, including team meeting skills and techniques, and a variety of quality improvement tools, such as flowcharts, run charts, Pareto diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, evaluation matrices, and implementation road maps. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 209 Continuous Quality Improvement (3 cr.)

Presents the different philosophies in Quality Control. Introduces students to Process Improvement, Team Development, Consensus Building, and Problem-Solving Strategies. Identifies methods for Process Improvement in manufacturing and service organizations, which includes Statistical Process Control when used in the quality control function of business and industry. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 220 Introduction to Business Statistics (3 cr.)

Introduces statistics as a tool in decision-making. Emphasizes ability to collect, present, and analyze data. Employs measures of central tendency and dispersion, statistical inference, index numbers, probability theory, and time series analysis. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: Keyboarding competence. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 240 Introduction to Business Law (3 cr.)

Presents an introduction to the American legal system, including an overview of the courts, civil, and criminal law. Develops an in-depth understanding of contracts, agency law, and business organizations. Also includes an overview of property, UCC Sales, and Commercial Paper. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 260 Planning for Small Business (3 cr.)

Provides knowledge of the development of a business plan, which can be used to acquire capital and serve as a management guide. Combines knowledge that has been acquired in the areas of planning, management, and finance, using pro forma statements and marketing. Covers internet searching techniques. Recommended as a capstone course. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 265 Ethical Issues in Management (3 cr.)

Examines the legal, ethical, and social responsibilities of management. May use cases to develop the ability to think and act responsibly. Lecture 3 hours per week.

BUS 290 Coordinated Internship in Business Management and Administration (3 cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Program head approval is required for enrollment in this course. Variable hours

BUS 298 Seminar and Project in Business Management and Administration (3 cr.)

Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objective and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. Prerequisite: Students should have completed most of the management courses before enrolling in this course. Lecture 3 hours per week.

Name Program Email Phone
Melvin Burton Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC 804/523-5491
Maxie Cannon Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC 804/523-5756
Clarence (Douglas) Cobbs Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC 804/523-5495
Beverly Davis Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC 804/523-5520
Christopher Osuanah Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC 804/523-5481
Sheila Watters Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC 804/523-5190


Common Job Titles1: Assistant Vice President, Investment Analysis; Brownfield Program Coordinator; Brownfield and Economic Development Director; Business Developer; Business Development Director; Business Development Manager; Business Practices Supervisor; Chief of Planning; Clinical Trials Systems Administrator; Compliance Coordinator; Compliance Engineer-Products; Compliance Manager; Compliance Officer; Compliance Review Officer; Corporate Operations Compliance Manager; Corporate Physical Security Supervisor; Corporate Security Manager; Deputy Commissioner; Development Associate; Development Director; Development Manager; Director; Director Security Management; Director of Compliance; Director of Development; Director, Corporate Security; Director, Global Ethics & Compliance and Assistant General Counsel; Director-Loss Prevention; District Loss Prevention Manager; Environmental Program Manager; Equity Analyst; Facility Manager; Fixed Income Portfolio Manager; Global Consumer Sector Vice President; Global Regulatory Affairs Manager; Global Supply Chain Director; Global Supply Chain Vice President; Internal Review and Audit Compliance; Investment Analyst; Lead Portfolio Manager; Logistics Loss Prevention Manager; Loss Prevention Manager; Loss Prevention Operations Manager; Loss Prevention/Safety District Manager; Manager of Loss Prevention Operations; Manager, Division of Environmental Quality; Manager, Security Infrastructure and Enterprise Services; Manager, Security Services and Safety System Support; Manager, Security and Safety; Market Asset Protection Manager; Material Requirements Planning Manager; Operations Manager; Operations and Maintenance Manager; Portfolio Manager; Project Developer; Project Development Leader; Project Manager; Regional Loss Prevention Manager; Regulatory Affairs Director; Regulatory Affairs Manager; Regulatory Affairs Portfolio Leader; Regulatory Consultant; Regulatory Leader; Regulatory Product Manager; Renewable Project Management and Construction Dire

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 3,927

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $74,500 - $138,300

Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

Green Occupation "Green occupations will likely change as a result of the green economy. Green economy activities and technologies are increasing the demand for occupations, shaping the work and worker requirements needed for occupational performance, or generating new and emerging occupations." -- O*NET

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.