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ONLINE DIPLOMA IN
SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Esaie Couture Design School has teamed up one of the oldest and largest online/distance learning institutions in the world to bring you the Small Business Management Career Diploma Program. You'll learn how to market your products or service, find the right sources to finance your business, and write an effective business plan. Small business managers are able to independently run a business, with responsibilities that include market research, financing and budgets, and maintaining business records. We offer online small business courses to help you take the first step towards a career as a small business manager. You can complete this program in as little as two months.
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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Supervisory, analysis, administration, and service roles
  • For-profit and non-profit organizations and businesses
  • Start your own small business

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Unit 1​

  • Starting Your Program
  • Preparing for Business Success
DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete all 6 units.
  • Develop a mission statement.
  • Create a business plan.

PROGRAM OUTCOME

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the typical qualities and behaviors of successful entrepreneurs, and the benefits and drawbacks of starting one's own business, buying a franchise, and purchasing an existing business.
  • Develop clear, measurable goals and a comprehensive mission statement for a business.
  • Comprehend techniques used in successful networking, including how to make a good first impression, how to introduce your business to a potential contact, listening skills, and how to follow up with a promising contact.
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary research and determine appropriate question types for various research situations.
  • Establish an effective marketing strategy which includes an advertising platform and a public relations campaign.
  • Develop and draft a business plan according to a five-part comprehensive structure.
  • Identify an appropriate business structure to match the business plan, including considerations for hiring management and staffing.
  • Recognize the features and benefits of different types of funding in order to identify the right money sources for a particular business.
  • Understand the range of legal regulations that affect starting a new business, including licenses, zoning approvals, and basic tax knowledge, and apply these to a business plan.
  • Identify the components of a solid business team such as employees, suppliers, and distributors, and techniques used in identifying personal and business characteristics that will enhance a business.
  • Comprehend the scope and function of the Internet, the advantages and hazards of an online presence, resources for developing an online presence, and features of successful commercial websites.
  • Differentiate between types of pricing strategies and business evaluations, and use cost and expense data to prepare a budget as part of a business plan.
  • Recognize the features and advantages of well-organized business records and how business records can be used to inform major business decisions.
Unit 3

  • Market Research
  • Basics of a  Business Plan
  • Writing a Business Plan
Unit 5

  • Marketing that Works
  • Building a Team
  • Putting Your Business Online
Unit 6

  • Preparing a Budget
  • Keeping Business Records
  • Graded Project
  • Additional Unit Material - CD
CURRICULUM DETAILS
COMPUTER SPECIFICATIONS

You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.
PAYMENT PLAN
Installment Payments

$579.00
Books and materials not included

Enrollment opens each semester
More time to complete payment
SPRING '17
JAN 2ND
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SUMMER '17
MAY 1ST
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FALL '17
SEP 4TH
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SPRING '18
JAN 8TH
NOV 7TH
2016
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DEC 5TH
2016
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JAN 2ND
2017
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FEB 6TH
2017
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MAR 6TH
2017
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APR 3RD
2017
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MAY 1ST
2017
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JUN 5TH
2017
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JUL 3RD
2017
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AUG 7TH
2017
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SEP 4TH
2017
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OCT 2ND
2017
Unit 4

  • Your Business Structure
  • Financing Your Business
  • Legal Requirements and Resources
FULL PAYMENT
Special Price 10% Off

$490.50
(Reg. Price $545)
Books and materials are additional

Enrollment opens every month
Save by paying in full
Unit 2

  • Choosing Your Business
  • Keys to Success
  • Business Connections