2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Small Business Management

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Small Business Management, Certificate Program Checksheet


  • Certificate Courses
  • Admission Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose the Small Business Management Certificate?

The Small Business Management certificate is a practical preparation for individuals interested in starting an entrepreneurial venture or managing a small business. The four-course sequence will guide students through the process of conceptualizing business ideas, developing a business plan, and navigating legal and government requirements. Students will be instructed in small business accounting principles, and will learn how to incorporate managerial metrics into their business decision-making. Students will engage in hands-on activities and simulations, guided by faculty with actual small business management experience. Finally, students will be introduced to promotion and marketing strategies to grow the business.

Career Opportunities

According to the Small Business Administration, small business makes up 99.7% of all employer firms. No matter what discipline you specialize in, chances are high that you will work in, manage, or own a small business at some point in your career. This certificate prepares students for career roles in management, day-to-day operations, and entrepreneurial start-up of small business organizations. Career opportunities include small business supervisors, managers, and company founders.

More Information

Management Department
119 South Street/BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284
Phone: 231-591-2427

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Entrepreneurial Strategy-Plan
Growing the Small Business
Mgmt Metrics & Decision Making
Small Business Sys-Operations
Minimum credit hours required for this certificate: