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2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship/Small Business*

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Program Design

This program will provide students the technical skills associated with becoming an entrepreneur, and/or a small business owner. This program will give students the option of gaining more concentrated knowledge in this discipline. The student will be able to pursue a career or apply courses to an associate in science degree. This certificate will prepare the student with the tools necessary to develop and start their own business. If one is considering opening their own business, regardless of their program of study, this certificate will help them get started.

This certificate is available to students wishing to take their courses completely online.

Courses are scheduled so that the certificate may be completed in less than eight months, provided that students are able to take courses in the summer and winter intercessions.


The courses within this certificate are available both as on-ground and online courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Entrepreneurship/Small Business certificate program requirements, graduates will

  1. Apply accounting concepts and critical thinking skills to produce accurate financial statements.
  2. Apply basic principles of the legal system to the operations of American business using analytical and critical thinking skills and describe the role of fiduciary duties and ethical and social responsibilities from the perspective of decision-makers and stakeholders using principles of tort law, criminal law and government regulation.
  3. Understand marketing methods and institutions, including analysis and interrelationship of the marketing mix with consumer behavior, technology, and an ever-changing business climate and marketing environment.
  4. Demonstrate proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, and presentation and analytical skills.
  5. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse people; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationships between business courses.
  7. Understand the classification of what determines a small business and recognize the vital role small business plays in our economy.
  8. Determine the differences between starting a business, buying an existing business and opening a franchise.
  9. Apply decision-making skills by exploring opportunity analysis and developing a potential business opportunity.
  10. Identify and properly utilize competitive advantages within existing small businesses;
  11. Demonstrate an understanding how a small business owner properly prepares for and manages growth.

Required Courses

Total Credits Required: 18


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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