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Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Entrepreneurship and Small Business is a certificate program that provides the practical business knowledge and skill development needed to start and manage a small business. Upon successfully completing the program, you will have a comprehensive business plan based on your own business idea. You will receive training in entrepreneurship, bookkeeping, communications, marketing, management, computer applications, operations, financial management, human resources and preparing a business plan.

Selected courses for this program are available through distance and/or continuing education course offerings. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.


The course describes the procedures for using the following Simply Accounting modules: the company, receivable, payable, payroll, inventory and banking. You will have the opportunity for hands-on practice in a computer lab setting.

Prerequisites: Bookkeeping for Small Business (BKPG 140)


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The course describes the procedures for setting up a record keeping system for a company using Simply Accounting. You will have the opportunity to use Simply Accounting to complete a bookkeeping simulation.

Prerequisites: Automated Accounting (SYST 147)


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The course provides an introduction to bookkeeping. You will learn how to set up a bookkeeping system, record transactions, post to ledgers, prepare adjusting and closing entries and prepare financial statements. Course content includes payroll, government remittances and bank reconciliations. You will gain hands-on experience by actually working through a set of books.

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The course will help you prepare a business plan that combines your finalized marketing, operational, human resource and financial strategies with a mission statement and executive summary. You will develop a verbal presentation of your business plan and deliver in a simulated business environment.

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You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. Course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints and dealing with difficult people.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - December 9, 2016
Registration deadline: September 2, 2016
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$335.00OnlineCRN: 201602-282
January 3, 2017 - May 5, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$335.00OnlineCRN: 201603-301
You will explore the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, the advantages and challenges of owning a business and the reasons for business failure. You will also complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine your personal strengths and weaknesses. The course content includes personal goal setting and personal budgeting.

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You will examine strategies that use ratios to evaluate financial statements. You will also examine methods for conducting a trend analysis and make comparisons to industry standards.

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The course describes the methods used to finance a business. You will investigate sources of financing, learn how to approach leaders and examine the basic forms of collateral security. You will also prepare a statement of projected costs and sources of funding for your business. The course describes financial projections focusing on the projected cash flow statement and projected income and expense statements and uses the information to determine the breakeven point and return on investment. You will develop a financial strategy for your business.

Prerequisites: Human Resource Strategy (HR 145), Operational Strategy (BUS 154)


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You will identify human resource requirements for a small business, including creating job descriptions, hiring staff and managing performance. You will also examine the issues of compensation, discipline, training plan development and labour standards. You will select a professional support team and prepare a resume for inclusion in your business plan. You will prepare a complete human resources strategy for your proposed business.

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You will learn how to conduct primary and secondary marketing research. You will learn how to describe the product, competition, industry, and supplier network for your business.

No Mid-Term Exam

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You will examine the target market of your business, and how to communicate with them through traditional and electronic means. You will describe the target market, and prepare a promotional plan for your business.

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You will focus on projecting the revenue for your business. you will examine external factors such as economic conditions, technology, social trends, and regulations; discuss common pricing methods; and calculate market potential and market share. This revenue projection, in combination with the research from MKTG 164 and MKTG 165, will create a marketing strategy for your business.

No class May 18

Prerequisites: Market Research 2 (MKTG 165)


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The course describes the operations of a small business. Your studies will include the following topics: selecting a location, planning an efficient layout, describing the licensing and regulatory requirements, choosing a business name, determining hours of operation, determining fixed asset requirements, managing inventory, locating suppliers, investigating insurance and estimating start-up costs. Course content and learning activities will help you develop an operational strategy for your business.

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You will learn about the importance of selling skills in small business. You will examine the attributes of successful salespeople, identify the skills involved in the sales process and develop a sales plan. You will practice selling and dealing with objections.

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The course introduces you to the use of the Statement of Business or Professional Activities form for an unincorporated business. Your studies will include the following topics: business income and common business expenses focusing on motor vehicle, business-use-of-home and capital cost allowance expenses.

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