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For Fall 2020, most of NSCC’s courses will be virtual – including online, hybrid, and videoconference – to ensure our community’s safety and maintain social distancing. Targeted courses that need to occur face-to-face on campus will occur predominantly in lab based classes, using social distancing protocols.

Put your business talent to work today

Today’s good idea could be tomorrow’s business plan. NSCC’s Small Business Management Entrepreneurship Certificate offers the knowledge and skills needed to start a new business venture, contribute to a growing enterprise, identify new business opportunities, and/or successfully operate a small company. Students in this program will learn all the components of running an entrepreneurial venture or small business, including planning, organizing, leading and controlling all aspects of a small business organization.


Semesters estimated to complete degree. Complete faster with winter intersession and summer classes.


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ENT 100Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Prerequisites: Communication Proficiency
This is an introductory course intended to provide students with a solid foundation in the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the economy of the 21st Century. It provides students from all disciplines with an avenue to explore a perspective of innovation and entrepreneurism within their areas of interest. Topics include the importance of business development for a healthy economy, basic economic ideas and their effect on new ventures and small business, entrepreneurial lifestyle, business environment analysis, opportunity identification and innovation, the entrepreneurial process, business ownership, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship.

MKT 101Principles of Marketing

Prerequisites: Communication Proficiency

Introduces the role of marketing in business and other organizations. Basic theory and terminology are examined with emphasis on the major components of marketing: product, price, promotion, and distribution.

SPE 102Speech

Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.

BUS 102Business Law

Prerequisites: Communication Proficiency

Introduction to business law with emphasis on the formation of a contract, defenses to avoid contractual liability, discharge of contracts, remedies for breach of contract, introduction to the Uniform Commercial Code, sales, warranties, and consumer protection.

ACC 105Accounting Essentials

Prerequisites: Communication and Mathematics proficiencyA one-semester introductory accounting course. Students will use journals, ledgers, and worksheets to summarize transactions and prepare financial statements. Includes maintenance and record keeping for checking accounts, petty cash funds, and payroll.

ACC 110Small Business Computerized Accounting

Prerequisites: Communication and Mathematics Proficiency

This course provides an overview of a computerized accounting system for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Topics include: Handling company files, backing up and restoring company information, entering and paying vendor bills, invoicing and receiving payments, managing inventories, new company setup-express start, payroll setup, and banking and reconciling accounts.

ENT 200Applied Entrepreneurship

Prerequisites: Communication and Mathematics Proficiency and BUS100 or MGT102 or ENT100
The course helps aspiring entrepreneurs learn what it takes to succeed on their own. The course shows how to investigate and evaluate business opportunities; how to establish the skill and knowledge needed to establish a new firm; how to market products and services; how to manage the human and fiscal demands of a business operation; and how to meet the organization’s social responsibility to the community.

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