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Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Certificate

Program Overview

Note: This program is suspended, effective July 1, 2016.

Small business accounts for approximately 30 percent of all jobs and 98 percent of all businesses in Saskatchewan. Micro-businesses (one to three employees) account for 82 percent of all businesses.* Clearly, entrepreneurship and small business is alive and well in Saskatchewan.

If you want to join the ranks of successful entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers, explore Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business program. It’s an ideal short program for anyone who wants to launch their own business—store, restaurant, bed and breakfast, personal care business, you name it. In less than a year, you’ll have the entrepreneurial, managerial and ownership skills you need to start and operate your own business or manage someone else’s.

* Industry Canada, Saskatchewan Ministry of Economy

The one-year Entrepreneurship and Small Business certificate program is offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Prince Albert Campus, and some courses are offered part-time through distance education including the complete Business Planning applied certificate. It’s a practical education that emphasizes hands-on training, real-world case studies and mentoring from experienced business owners. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • Bookkeeping and automated accounting
  • Communication skills, leadership, management and negotiation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial strategy
  • Human resource strategy
  • Marketing strategy
  • Operational strategy

You’ll have an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned during a four-week practicum in a small business.

Graduate with a Business Plan

When you start the program, you’ll bring an idea for a small business. It can be a general concept or a concrete outline. Throughout the year, you’ll use this idea as a focus in your courses. By the end of the program, you’ll have developed a comprehensive business plan based on your own idea. And by comprehensive, we mean a plan you can take to the bank, literally.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business certificate program are launching new businesses, growing existing businesses and being recruited by others to manage their business enterprises. The program is unique in that it’s not about preparing you for employment - it’s about preparing you to create employment and generate economic wealth in your community and province.

Potential Careers

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The Entrepreneurship and Small Business program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to establish their own business. Career options and earning potential will vary. ()$0 - $0

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 32 weeks

Locations

  • Prince Albert

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$5,600

International Students

Prince Albert

Year 1 (32 weeks) - $13,200 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
BKPG 140
Bookkeeping for Small Business
3
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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. The course content includes payroll, government remittances and bank reconciliations. You will gain hands-on experience by actually working through a set of books.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 51.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
BKPG 141
Automated Simulation
1
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You will study the procedures for setting up a record keeping system for a company using Sage 50 Accounting software. You develop a level of proficiency in the use of the Sage 50 Accounting software through the completion of a bookkeeping simulation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Prerequisites(s): SYST 147
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lab/Practical
BKPG 142
Small Business Expenses
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
BUS 148
Negotiations
1
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The course provides an introduction to negotiating strategies and tactics. You will also practice negotiating skills.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
BUS 153
Credit and Collections
1
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You will study the basics of credit and collections. Your studies will include the forms of credit, credit evaluation process and the collection process.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
BUS 154
Operational Strategy
3
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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. The course content and learning activities will help you develop an operational strategy for your business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 166 or MKTG 155
Corequisites(s): HR 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
BUS 155
Business Plan Preparation
3
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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 it in a simulated business environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FIN 151
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
BUS 156
Small Business Document Preparation
3
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You will prepare documents typically used in a small business. Your learning activities will involve selecting the types of documents and designing the end product. You will learn how to use small business software applications for word processing and email to develop these documents
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
BUS 157
Advanced Document Preparation
3
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You will prepare business documents for small business that involve advanced knowledge of word processing and design. You will learn how to collect and maintain information and how to use customer information to prepare mass mailings. You will learn to use presentation graphics software to present information regarding your business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): BUS 156
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
CEXP 142
Discovering Entrepreneurship 1
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
CEXP 144
Discovering Entrepreneurship 2
3
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You will learn how to use a personal computer as a small business tool to conduct financial, statistical, and marketing research. You will discuss the process of business idea generation and opportunity identification, feasibility analysis and the importance of business planning. The course content includes methods of getting into business and forms of ownership.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
CEXP 145
Discovering Entrepreneurship 3
1
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In the course, you will have the opportunity to engage entrepreneurs and small business owner/operators in discussions about the opportunities and challenges you will encounter in planning, establishing and operating a successful business venture.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory
FIN 145
Financial Statement Analysis
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory
FIN 150
Small Business Financial Projections
3
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You will use a spreadsheet program to plan and prepare financial documents required in a small business. These documents form the basis for making financial decisions and for discussions with financial institutions, government representatives or other interested parties.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
FIN 151
Financial Strategy
4
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The course describes the methods used to finance a business. You will investigate sources of financing, learn how to approach lenders 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 this information to determine the breakeven point and return on investment. You will develop a financial strategy for your business.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BUS 154, HR 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
HR 145
Human Resource Strategy
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 166 or MKTG 155
Corequisites(s): BUS 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MGMT 150
Leadership
1
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You will review and practice aspects of leadership, including motivation, delegation, teamwork, and decision making, in the context of small business.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
MKTG 148
Selling Skills
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Equivalent Course(s): TOUR 141
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MKTG 164
Market Research 1
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MKTG 165
Market Research 2
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 164
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MKTG 166
Marketing Strategy
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 165
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PD 143
Professionalism
1
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Your studies will focus on the importance of professionalism in the operation of a small business. You will explore the following topics: ethics, time and stress management, professional development, public image, and social responsibility.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
PR 145
Customer Service
2
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You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. The course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints, and dealing with difficult people.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
PRAC 159
Practicum
8
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You will spend four weeks/120 hours (unpaid) in a small business. You will have an opportunity to observe the operations of the business and to put your training to use.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Print Distance Individual, Work Experience - Group
SYST 147
Automated Accounting
3
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You will learn the procedures and develop the skills to use the following Sage 50 Accounting modules: the company, receivable, payable, payroll, inventory, and banking. You will develop practical and relevant automated accounting skills used in business and industry.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): BKPG 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

NOTE: Mentors from the community are available to advise students.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

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