Small Business Planning Certificate

San Diego Continuing Education
Online - Scheduled Course
April 26, 2021 - August 20, 2021
Evening - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CST
9 Hours per Week
12 Estimated Weeks


This two-course Certificate Program will provide you with the principles, practices, strategies, and requirements needed to form and manage a small business.

The first course is all about gaining the knowledge and skills (the essentials) in starting a small business. You will learn about establishing online, home-based, mobile and commercially zoned small businesses. Topics include legal forms of organization, hiring employees, financial issues, establishing credit, securing loans, developing sales and marketing strategies and legal issues. Additionally, you will learn how to identify and analyze personal and business skills necessary to start a small business.  Throughout this course, you will also be working in a group to analyze an existing small business startup. Not only will this give you the opportunity to network with other students interested in starting their own businesses, but it will also allow you to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to an actual small business startup.

The second course will show you how to take your business idea and planning how to launch it! You will learn how to preplan; create a business model canvas; undertake feasibility analysis and market research; and create financial projections, project profit, and do a break-even analysis. In your final project, you will create and present a profitable business model that identifies a market, creates customer value in a product or service, and identifies how you may successfully create self-employment by creating your own small business. As part of your final project assignment, you will seek investment, financing, and partnerships for your small business idea as you learn alongside experienced business professionals and like-minded student entrepreneurs!

Course Benefits:
  • Live face-to-face classes
  • Collaborative project-based learning
  • 24-hour tutoring
  • Live counseling available
  • 24-hr library services
  • Career Counseling
  • Professional development
  • High quality professionally designed courses
  • No textbook fees

Additional Attendance Information

This certificate program as a five-week break from 6/5/2021 to 7/11/2021. 

Eligibility Restriction (Pre-Requisite)

Required Skills:

  • Possess a 10th grade reading level
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language
  • Knowledge of math concepts at the 8th grade level and basic computer literacy
  • Completion of an introductory accounting course is recommended
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Excel (or an application of similar scope) is recommended

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San Diego Continuing Education

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is the adult education division of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). As the largest provider of noncredit education in California, SDCE’s mission is to provide accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and career training to adult students. SDCE has offered career training and other classes continuously for more than 100 years.

Founded in 1914 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, SDCE welcomes every immigrant, refugee and underserved population to fulfill educational goals. At SDCE, adult students find a fun and positive learning environment for every skill level. Students come from across 50 states and from 160 foreign countries, to learn in more than 70 free career training programs and in thousands of classes. In addition to a traditional schedule of fall, spring and summer semesters, many programs are offered online, allowing students to pursue higher education or career training while maintaining other responsibilities and active lives.

SDCE was one of the first community college continuing education institutions in California to meet the standards for independent accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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