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Entrepreneurship

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Cost: $599.00

CEU: 2.5

Access Time: 150 days

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This online certificate program introduces key issues in entrepreneurship for those looking to start a business on their own. What does it take to build and grow a business from scratch? What personal characteristics are shared by successful entrepreneurs? What types of resources are available to budding entrepreneurs, and where can you find them? Learners who complete this program will have the answers to those questions and others that are essential to the success of their businesses.

Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that engage entrepreneurs and structure their learning about their field.

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Our Ask the Expert feature connects you to a network of experts ready to answer any content-related questions you have. You can expect to receive a response within 24 to 48 hours, though some questions are answered the same day they are sent.

Upon successful completion, you can download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite. The course has no textbooks or prerequisites.

Courses include:

·   Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs

·   Business Law for Entrepreneurs

·   Introduction to Entrepreneurship

·   Leadership and Management for Entrepreneurs

·   Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs

 

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The modules below are included in the certificate program as a package, but are also designed to be standalone courses with individual course fees for those who wish to gain knowledge in a specific content area. Upon completing the course requirement, participants will be able to print out a certificate of completion.

Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs

Cost: $129.00

CEU: .5
Access Time: 30 days

This course provides an introduction to key topics in accounting and finance for those involved in new ventures. It reviews financial accounting basics, including GAAP Principles and financial statements, and also covers key issues in finance, broadly defined as any financial or monetary activity that involves a company.

The course covers these topics:

  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Rules of Double-Entry Accounting
  • The Accounting Cycle
  • Relationship of Financial Statements
  • Financial Planning and Budgets
  • Calculating the Master Budget
  • The Cash Budget
  • Pro Forma Financial Statements
  • The Financing Plan
  • Evaluating New Ventures
  • Break-even Analysis
  • Return on Investment and Payback Period

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners interested in gaining a basic understanding of the finance involved in entrepreneurship.

Level/Prerequisites: Introductory/No Prerequisites

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

Ask the Expert: This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Required Material: This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Successful Completion Requirement for IACET CEU: Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

 

Business Law for Entrepreneurs

Cost: $129.00

CEU: .5
Access Time: 30 days

This course covers the basics of business law for an entrepreneur. It reviews legal structures for a new venture, intellectual property, employment law, contracts, government regulation, and personal and real property.

After completing this course, you should be able to discuss the following topics:

  • Legal Environment
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships
  • S Corporations and Limited Liability Companies
  • Franchises
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Patents
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks and Trade Secrets
  • Employment Law
  • Forming a Contract
  • Contracts and Fraud
  • Sales Contracts
  • Taxation and the Employer's Responsibilities
  • Government Regulation
  • Personal Property
  • Real Property
  • Transfer of Real Property Ownership
  • Bankruptcy

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners interested in gaining a basic understanding of the law of entrepreneurship.

Level/Prerequisites: Introductory/No Prerequisites

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

Ask the Expert: This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Required Material: This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Successful Completion Requirement for IACET CEU: Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

 

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Cost: $129.00
CEU: .5
Access Time: 30 days

This course explores the different aspects of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs create and establish successful new ventures. It reviews issues and activities involved in starting a new business, including the decisions that must be made before an enterprise can be launched and established.

After completing this course, you should be able to

  • Describe the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur
  • Outline the eight stages of the entrepreneurial process
  • Explain the discovery stage
  • Describe the evaluation of the market for a new venture
  • Outline ways to structure the venture
  • Discuss the strategic planning process for an entrepreneur
  • Describe the operational and financial planning needed for a new venture
  • Outline how an entrepreneur develops and employs a business plan
  • Describe the options for funding the new venture
  • Discuss issues in implementing the plans for a new venture
  • Recognize the ethical issues faced by entrepreneurs

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners interested in gaining an overview of the challenges involved with starting a business.

Level/Prerequisites: Introductory/No Prerequisites

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

Ask the Expert: This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Required Material: This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Successful Completion Requirement for IACET CEU: Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

 

Leadership and Management for Entrepreneurs

Cost: $129.00
CEU: .5
Access Time: 30 days

This course explores the leadership and management issues entrepreneurs face as they create and establish successful new ventures. It reviews the key managerial roles of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling and their application in entrepreneurial settings. Further, the course addresses self-management for the entrepreneur--how an entrepreneur can manage his or her own time and maintain a proper work-life balance.

After completing this course, you should be able to

  • Describe the managerial roles played by an entrepreneur
  • Outline the five key managerial activities
  • Describe self-management techniques for managing time and organizing, planning, and prioritizing
  • Discuss the autocratic (ODS-A), participative (ODS-P) and empowering (GEM) management styles and their application
  • Describe the process for staffing an entrepreneurial venture
  • Discuss Katzenbach's Five Motivational Paths and how they apply to new ventures
  • Describe the process for coaching employees
  • Outline the USED Model for training employees
  • Discuss the importance of active listening when communicating with employees

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners interested in understanding the leadership and management challenges involved in starting a new business.

Level/Prerequisites: Introductory/No Prerequisites

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

Ask the Expert: This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Required Material: This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Successful Completion Requirement for IACET CEU: Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.

 

Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Cost: $129.00
CEU: .5
Access Time: 30 days

This course reviews the strategic issues that an entrepreneur faces while starting a new venture or business, and highlights the questions about market acceptance that must be answered during every stage of the entrepreneurial process.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the role of strategy and marketing in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Discuss the basics of strategy, including the three levels of strategy and the five competitive forces identified by Michael Porter
  • Explain marketing basics, including the marketing process and the Four P's
  • Discuss the role of marketing in the discovery stage of a new venture
  • Describe the evaluation of the market for a new venture, including market segmentation, target marketing, and exploring customer needs
  • Discuss the role of strategic planning in the entrepreneurial process
  • Describe the key elements of a marketing plan
  • Outline the factors for success in creating a new venture business plan

Target Audience: This course is designed for adult learners interested in gaining an overview of the challenges involved with starting a business.

Level/Prerequisites: Introductory/No Prerequisites

Estimated time to complete: 5 hours

Ask the Expert: This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.

Required Material: This course does not require any additional purchases of supplementary materials.

Successful Completion Requirement for IACET CEU: Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEU credit. Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.