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  Dec 18, 2017
2014-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Entrepreneurship Certificate

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This program may be taken online or on campus.

Hegis Code: 5004
NYSED Code: 36387

Program Description

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to provide students with the skills needed to create, launch and manage a small business or to work within an entrepreneurial venture. For entrepreneurs with established businesses, the certificate will help strengthen their business and management skills. Aspiring entrepreneurs will learn the skills needed to hit the ground running in their quest to start a successful business.

Totaling 25‐26 credits, the first semester consists of courses in accounting, business communications, entrepreneurship, and the legal environment of business; the second semester includes courses in mathematics for business, computerized accounting (Quickbooks), advertising, and a capstone course that will result in a business plan worthy of submission for funding. All the courses listed in the certificate can be transferred to SUNY Ulster’s A.A.S. degree in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies or A.A.S. degree in Business: Accounting, either as part of the core curriculum or as electives.

The Entrepreneurship faculty are real world business professionals and members of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship. And, you’ll benefit from SUNY Ulster’s Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which develops collaborative programs and projects for students, faculty, alumni, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government agencies.

Whether you want to open a traditional storefront, a home operation, an online venture, or simply learn the foundations of business, this certificate equips you with the knowledge and skills you need.

Ask about our Fast Finish Program. It gives you the option to complete this certificate in 6 months with online accelerated classes!

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Entrepreneurship Certificate program, a student will be able to

  • Demonstrate proficiency in accounting procedures relevant to small business ownership and management;
  • Demonstrate effective written, verbal and nonverbal communication techniques in organizations, work teams, across cultures and via technology;
  • Articulate the importance and role of key small business success factors and describe the foundational principles of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset;
  • Understand and apply the basic principles of law as they relate to entrepreneurship and small business management;
  • Evaluate, calculate and interpret information related to invoicing, pricing and a variety of business‐related problems;
  • Research and plan a cohesive advertising campaign; articulate the role and planning of print, broadcast, direct, sales promotion, interactive and alternative advertising, as well as public relations;
  • Develop a full business plan, ensuring environmental and societal responsibility in all aspects of the plan.

Employment Potential

Graduates of this program are equipped with the skills necessary to start and run a small business, or to fill an entry‐level position in business and industry.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Computer literacy
  • No Entering Student Assessment needed

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information:

Dr. Anita Bleffert‐Schmidt
Chairperson, Business & Professional Studies
Office: Hasbrouck Hall, HAS 212 A
Phone: 800:724‐0833, ext 5195 or


Matt Green
800:724‐0833, ext. 5022 or


Semester Credits 12‐13

Semester Credits 13

Total Credits 25‐26


All the courses listed in the certificate can be transferred to SUNY Ulster’s A.A.S. degree in Business & Entrepreneurial Studies, A.A.S.  or A.A.S. degree in Business: Accounting, A.A.S. , either as part of the core curriculum or as electives.

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