Course Descriptions



Entrepreneurship Skills

Credit(s): 3

This course provides an overview of the role of entrepreneurial businesses in the United States and the impact of those businesses on the national and global economy. Students evaluate the skills and commitment necessary to successfully operate an entrepreneurial venture. Additionally, students review the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship as a career choice, as well as the entrance strategies needed to accomplish such a choice. As a key component of this course, students will generate a prospective business idea that can be honed in future entrepreneurship courses. Integrated course content to include: marketing, management, operations, finance, and computer skills and literacy. Note: This course must be taken either as a prerequisite to ENTP-115, ENTP-125, and ENTP-135 or concurrently in the first semester of coursework. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Entrepreneurship Opportunity Analysis

Credit(s): 3

This course provides students with the skills to assess the personal attributes, as well as the skills base, professional talent, and educational and work experiences within an organization that are necessary to create successful business ideas. Students examine the external environment to identify trends and needs in the marketplace for potential business opportunities. Each individual has the opportunity to screen potential business ideas by assessing whether or not these compliment the individual and his/her organization based on an evaluation of its strengths and skills base, as well as the student's personal, professional, and financial goals. Students develop initial market feasibility analyses to test their concepts through basic market research. Lecture: 3 hours per week Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENTP-105
Corequisites: ENTP-105


Small Business Financial Management

Credit(s): 3

This course includes a focused approach on the financial and accounting aspects of operating and growing a business. Students will learn about options for capital and how to manage credit. This course also examines the relationship of managerial accounting to control cash flow and the decision making functions of management. It includes a study of how costs are classified and analyzed for cost-volume-profit analysis (i.e. breakeven and target profit analysis). Students will also learn basic dual-entry accrual accounting theories, financial statement structure and cash flow projection. In addition, students will learn the basic tenets of establishing and evaluating budgets and the implementation of a strong internal control system.
Corequisites: ENTP-105


Business Development and Planning

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to enable students to manage and operate a small business. In this course, students will further develop and refine their business and marketing plans developed in ENTP-105, ENTP-115 and/or ENTP-125 or the plans business owners are currently using while operating their businesses. The areas covered in this course include refining and further developing a business plan, securing financing, developing advertising and promotional materials, choosing a site location, and managing the business. This course is beneficial for those planning to start a business as well as those already operating a business. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Corequisites: ENTP-105, ENTP-115 and ENTP-125