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Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Certificate

This is an Accelerated Certificate program will help you learn skill¬sets that will make you more valuable at your job, help you start something on the side, or let you quit your job and start your own business. This certificate program covers corporate finance, en-trepreneurship and startups, accounting, under¬standing financial statements, becoming a better negotiator, management and leadership, digital marketing and growth hacking, and how to draft and file a patent among other subjects. This pro¬gram will help you overcome any fear and intimi¬dation of diving into subject matter that is usually embedded with arcane buzzwords and sophisti¬cated concepts.


Student will receive a certificate after completing 8 required core courses and 2 elective courses.

Core Courses (8)
Class Name

This course is about how companies make decisions on what projects to pursue, and how to value those projects. We will also provide a framework for how financial professionals make decisions about how, when, and where to invest money. Corporate finance comprises a set of skills that interact with all the aspects of running a business. It is also extremely helpful in our personal lives when making decisions about buying or leasing, borrowing money, and making big purchases. It provides analytic tools to think about getting, spending, and saving. We will also explore the tradeoff between risk and return, how to create financial projections, and how to value income producing assets.

20014 | $125

Corporate Finance - SPA‐PD

3/25/2019 - 4/3/2019
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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Economics can be thought of as the study and understanding of the contexts in which an enterprise operates. A stable, safe and predictable environment where we are able to confidently forecast a future is critical for companies to flourish. This is the realm of economic policy. The Study of economics provides us an analytical sense so we can explain what is going on and make rational predictions about the near future. Economics can be separated into three fields: Macro, Micro, and managerial, each with different emphasis and focus. We will explore all three.

20015 | $125

Economics 101 - SPA‐PD

4/8/2019 - 4/17/2019
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible. The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager operates within the status quo; the leader challenges it. The manager has his eyes on the bottom line; the leader has his eyes on the horizon. These sayings describe the symbiotic relationship between management and leadership. A healthy organization needs both. Leadership is vision. Management is implementation. They are the yin and yang of business.

20016 | $125

Management and Leadership - SPA‐PD

4/22/2019 - 5/1/2019
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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Pull everything we learned together. In this capstone course we will synthesize the various disciplines we have studied into a conceptual picture of how they work together in a functioning enterprise. This will give us insight into the thinking that takes place in the C level suite among the CEO, CFO, COO and the Board of Directors of a corporation. Orchestrating all these elements into a plan is the realm of Strategy. Strategic thinking can be broken into long term planning (5 year plan), short term tactical planning and budgeting for the coming year. We will address such issues as: How are you planning to grow your business and deal with competitors and alternative products? The challenges arise in how to keep planning as part of an organic, continual process and how to implement strategy and mange strategic momentum. It is so easy to get complacent and start to drift or lose focus and become diluted in your efforts by chasing too many goals. We will discuss focus, discipline and mindset as we bring it all together.

20017 | $125

Capstone: Strategic Planning and Implementation - SPA‐PD

5/6/2019 - 5/15/2019
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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Electives (Choose 2)
Class Name

Now that you have studied the Time Value of Money and Economics, you are ready to examine Financial Markets such as the Stock and Bond Markets. We will study Value Investing using the text the Intelligent Investor by Graham and Dodd. This is the way Warren Buffet does it!

20021 | $125

Understanding the Financial Markets - SPA‐PD

3/25/2019 - 4/3/2019
Mon, Wed 7:30 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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Many of us aspire to create something new; do original work; make an impact and help people solve their pressing needs. We have all heard of the entrepreneurial heroes like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg and Elon Musk and their achievements. We use the tools, products and services that they created. If you harbor hopes of doing something similar, making your own dent in the universe, here is were you can get a quick handle on the latest thinking and processes for turning your dreams into reality and creating sustainable profitable businesses.

20022 | $125

Entrepreneurship and Startups - SPA‐PD

4/8/2019 - 4/17/2019
Mon, Wed 7:30 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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In this course, we will go through Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright. The course will helps you protect and monetize your inventions and ideas; create value for your startup; attract investors; and create a multi‐million dollar IP portfolio.

20023 | $125

Intellectual Property - SPA‐PD

4/22/2019 - 5/1/2019
Mon, Wed 7:30 PM ‐ 9:00 PM (4 Session Total)
John Cousins
CE South Building

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page.


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