Small Business Basics, Continuing Education Certificate

A small business owner or entrepreneur is responsible for the growth, overall direction, and everyday operation of a business.  Specific activities vary according to the business's size and industry and may include: reviewing sales reports, profit and loss statements, and other financial reports; hiring, training and managing staff; understanding federal, state and local laws; marketing; and directing activities for sales or production staff.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:         

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Length of Training

6 months
Course series offered at various CCBC sites.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 15

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




SBA 808

How to Start and Manage Your Own Small Business


Materials provided



SBA 950

Customize Your Business Plan


Materials provided



SBA 956

The A,B,C's of Small Business Funding


Materials provided



SBA 964

Small Business Marketing Strategies


Materials provided


Course Series Totals:







Additional Information

Skills for Success:
Good planning and organizational skills; strong oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; and good problem solving skills.

Career Opportunities:
Students will be better prepared to start their own business entity or manage a small business.  Careers in this field are available in a broad range of privately held companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Moire Riley | | 443-840-1804 | Hunt Valley | 106

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Moore| | 443-840-1632 | Essex | BESS 116