Have you dreamed of starting your own business but don’t know where to begin? Check out DCCCD’s Small Business Academy. Our program can give you the tools you need to succeed as an entrepreneur.
The Small Business Academy, offered through El Centro College, teaches the critical skills you’ll use to draw up a business plan, locate resources and funding and plan for the success of your own business, no matter what field it’s in. And you can take courses around your work schedule, because this one-semester, 15-credit-hour program is taught completely online!
You’ll learn about accounting, computer information systems, legal and ethical issues, marketing, estimating business growth and much more.
Our Small Business Academy faculty not only have advanced degrees but also have real-world experience in the business world, which makes them able to relate to the challenges you face at work. Our instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job.
The 14-week course syllabus covers the following lesson plans:
- Are you an entrepreneur?
- What is your business?
- What is a business plan?
- Personal finances and debt
- Start-up costs
- Pricing and credit strategies
- Financial and legal management
- Financial statements and balance sheets
- Financial statements and cash flow
- Taxes and the IRS
The Small Business Academy’s goal is to give you the fundamental knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to plan, launch and operate your own business. Course objectives include learning how to:
- Develop a business model and business plan
- Locate capital for your venture
- Develop an exit strategy
- Develop strategic management skills for your organization
- Lead your organization
- Handle inevitable adverse events and master downside planning for turnarounds, bailouts, restructurings and reorganizations
- When you complete the course, you’ll have earned the Small Business Academy Certificate.
To get started in the Small Business Academy program, complete the admissions process at El Centro College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Small Business Academy program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.