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Small Business Management

Business Management and Administration


The Small Business Management program prepares students to develop and manage their own business. Students practice skills needed to become an entrepreneur including developing a business plan, identifying market needs, promoting a business, maintaining records and accounting systems, managing and monitoring finances, and integrating technology into business functions. Students gain knowledge and skills to make wise decisions to guide them in legal, ethical, and social obligations as a business owner.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (Hours)

Entrepreneurship Foundations (150)
Personal Finance and Marketing (150)
Business Communication and Development (150)
Business Management and Capstone (150)
Total (600)

Estimated time to complete: 10 months

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

National Occupational Certification Testing Institute (NOCTI):
Entrepreneurship / Management
Personal Finance Foundations

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Post-secondary: 12:45 - 3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 12:45 - 3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

Business Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Operations Manager, Plant Superintendent, Store Manager – Approximate Pay Potential: $20-96 per hour. (O*NET source: 11-1021.00 - General and Operations Managers):

Kenneth Shade

Kenny Shade

Small Business Management Instructor


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