Entrepreneurship Certificate

Why Entrepreneurship Certificate at CLC?

• Students work directly with the on-campus Small Business Development Center to develop a business plan.

• CLC graduates score above the national average on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute General Management Assessment.

• The faculty have more than 90 years of combined industry and education experience.

• Strong career placement.

• All classes are available online.

About the Program

That great American dream of owning your own business is possible with the Entrepreneurship Certificate. With your entrepreneurial ideas and passion, you will create a business plan in collaboration with our on-campus Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Working with a SBDC is a prerequisite with many banks before acquiring a business loan.

A counselor from the SBDC will stick with you through the whole process, even after you’ve completed the classes.

Program Information

Program Course Requirements

Required Core Courses:
BUSN 1102 Accounting for Non-Accountants (3 cr)
BUSN 1110 Marketing Principles (3 cr)
BUSN 1166 Business Communications (3 cr)
MGMT 1101 Entrepreneurship (3 cr)
MGMT 1150* Entrepreneurship Capstone (1 cr)
Total 13 Credits

Student must choose an additional 3 credits from any of the courses with a BUSN, COMP, or MGMT prefix.
Total 3 Credits


Career Description: The opportunity to own a small business has been the American dream for many over the past century. Small businesses employ over half of all private sector employees and have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years. Small businesses have a presence in virtually every industry and occupation. Owners of small businesses often apply both technical knowledge and skills along with business management knowledge to create and operate a successful business venture. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s recent data show a higher increase in new business starts in non-urban and rural areas of the state. Several initiatives promote and create growth of entrepreneurial activity in Greater Minnesota. Investing in small business development promotes the economic growth and vitality of the region.

Program Information: This program emphasizes the innovative and entrepreneurial skills required to success in the current business environment of continuous and unprecedented change. The ability to be responsive, flexible and creative lies at the heart of both new venture creation and ongoing businesses because each must anticipate, innovate and adapt in a rapidly changing world. The Entrepreneurism Certificate program is designed for those who are considering starting a business or current entrepreneurs who need the vital skills required to be a successful entrepreneur. Students experience all aspects of planning a new venture, from determining their personal vision to conducting market analysis to testing financial feasibility, drawing from the whole spectrum of business and management. The Entrepreneurship Certificate demonstrates why good planning leads to successful business performance. Students gain insight in how the various pieces of the business puzzle fit together for the venture to operate successfully.

Program Outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:

  • Perform financial management tasks;
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral business communications;
  • Access, analyze, and interpret relevant information specific to business strategies;
  • Create a business plan.

Career Opportunities: Completion of the program will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully start and operate a small business. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the Small Business Development Center located on campus to develop successful business plans.


Georgina Cavin

Business Management Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8087
Brainerd W207
Nick Heisserer

Nick Heisserer

Business Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8089
Brainerd W209

Student Testimonials


The knowledge gained throughout the Business Management Program, along with the instructor guidance in applying this knowledge, is priceless to anybody that is interested in running their own business in the future, managing someone else’s business, or wanting additional knowledge to help them run their current business more effectively.


In addition to learning about Business Management, I was able to learn about American culture. I found this experience very useful in my job and personal life.


I have had many wonderful experiences dealing with the Business Department at CLC. When I am seeking talented people to work in business, I contact the instructors and they help me out by sharing the opportunity with their students. The students that I have worked with from CLC have been ready to start working in the business world. It is great to see them utilize their education outside of school.


Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:


Gainful Employment – Entrepreneurship Certificate

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