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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Interested in starting your own business or in managing a small business in a variety of business sectors including wholesale, manufacturing, healthcare, food service and governmental agencies? The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management certificate is for you!

This certificate gives you an introduction to business organization and operations, and provides the knowledge and insight necessary to develop strong management skills, a necessity for advancement to supervisory positions in a small business.

Students pursuing this certificate are permitted six semester hours of directed electives. This level of flexibility allows you to select courses specific to your individual strengths, interests and goals.

View the tabs below to learn more about this program.

Admission requirements

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management is an open-enrollment program, meaning there isn't any criteria students must meet to be admitted. If you're interested in enrolling in this program, complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg open houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. For more information, contact the Title IX coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

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Potential careers

Because entrepreneurship is unique to each individual, please explore various career options through the Career Coach site

Graduates who transfer to a four-year institution go on to pursue careers in fields such as:

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View a sample schedule for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management certificate.


Program format 

The Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program offers both online and face-to-face class options; however, the program can not be done entirely online.

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

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View the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management certificate cost sheet.


To apply for financial aid, visit our   financial aid page  for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) helps job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to see if you qualify for financial support. 

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Thanks to our generous donors, the   Carl Sandburg College Foundation  is able to award more than $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students — everyone is eligible to apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year.

Meet the instructors

Drew Debrey
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

John Denkner
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

James Doran
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

Kelli Mayes-Denker
Business and Economics Adjunct Instructor

Joshua Seifert
Business and Economics Instructor

Department of Social and Business Sciences
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Business & Accounting Society of Sandburg (BASS) - CURRENTLY INACTIVE

The mission of BASS is to provide a real-world experience outside of the classroom through various exposures to different styles of business and accounting procedures to current students and disseminate business and accounting information throughout Sandburg. Membership is open to all full- and part-time students currently enrolled at Sandburg.