Small Business Management

75% or more of this program can be completed online.

Give your small business a big advantage

If you own a small business, or have an idea for one, the small business certificate program at Monroe Community College can help you take it to the next level. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Study accounting concepts that are key to making good business decisions
  • Create a business plan that gives your company a sound foundation and a competitive edge
  • Practice leadership and team building skills that are important to long-term success
  • No matter how you look at it, there’s nothing small about the business skills you can gain here.

Calling All Small Business Entrepreneurs

We designed MCC’s small business management certificate for business owners, entrepreneurs thinking about starting a business, and current small business professionals. This program provides key foundations in all the areas you need to master, including:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing and sales
  • Managing employees and vendors
  • Customer service

Results mean a lot more than job titles to small business leaders. But graduates have given themselves titles like these in order to grab the attention of prospects and customers:

  • General manager
  • President
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Venture capitalist
  • Entrepreneur

With the small business savvy you gain at MCC, you could take one of these big steps:

  • Start a new business selling goods or professional services
  • Expand or diversify a current business
  • Join or lead a family business
  • Start a venture capital group within an established organization

If you choose to continue your studies, you may transfer credits from this program to an associate degree in entrepreneurial and applied business studies.

To find out more about the small business management certificate from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


Certificate Program

Department:Business Administration

School(s): Business & Entrepreneurial Studies

MCC Program Code: BS02

75% or more of this program can be completed online.

Small Business Management is a certificate program designed to aid those students who already manage their own companies, are contemplating starting their own businesses, or work for a small business concern. This program will provide basic knowledge in the fields of accounting, marketing, management, and customer service.

These credits may be applied to requirements for an A.A.S. in Entrepreneurship if a student decides to matriculate into that program.
(Housed in the Business Administration and Economics Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Utilize identified accounting concepts to make informed decisions about the operating performance and financial position of a small business.
2) Identify and explain critical factors in starting a small business which could include entrepreneurial objectives forms of ownership financing risk management or entrepreneurial skills.
3) Apply leadership and workplace relationship skills to effectively deal with various small business stakeholders.
4) Identify and describe laws that are relevant to the operation of a small business.
5) Develop a comprehensive business plan.
6) Describe factors involved in effective selling which could include qualifying prospects developing long term customer relationships ethical conduct customer service or selling techniques.
7) Communicate effectively using various forms of communication.
8) Demonstrate effective teamwork skills that enhance team processes.
9) Apply information management skills particularly the use of Microsoft Office software to business related tasks.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
One year of high school math, including Business Math, Elementary Algebra with Geometry (or Math 098, or Math 130 at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER 15-16 Credit Hours
MTH 130 Modern Business Mathematics (recommended) OR
MTH 104 Intermediate Algebra or higher (except MTH 150)*
BUS 201 Business Law I3
BUS 110 Entrepreneurial Studies I 3
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
BUS 104 Introduction to Business3
ACC 130 Introductory Accounting and Financial Analysis **4
BUS 135 Supervising for the 21st Century 3
BUS 210 Entrepreneurial Studies II 3
BUS 220 Applied Business Applications3
MAR 201 Dynamics of Selling3
* Students with strong math skills should consult with their advisor to select the appropriate math course.
** Students who have completed ACC 101 and ACC 102 may substitute that sequence for ACC 130.

updated 8/17/2020

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