Millions of people have dreams of starting a small business, but many don't know how to start. The Entrepreneurship Certificate is designed to give small business visionaries the foundational knowledge and skills they need to not only start a business, but to keep it sustainable.
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The Entrepreneurship Certificate curriculum covers critical aspects of owning a small business including sales, customer service, personnel management, accounting, accounting software, and using social media for business.
In two semesters, entrepreneurs can have the foundational skills they need to ensure a strong start-up of their new business.
Meet and network with other students interested in developing business skills and leadership by joining the ICC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL).
Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Small Business Consultant
if Full Time
31 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
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How Do I Get Into the Entrepreneurship Program?
It started with a childhood lemonade stand, but now your vision to be an entrepreneur is bigger. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how you can get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Analytical skills, attention to detail, and organization and leadership skills are beneficial for the program.
- English, math, communications, and public speaking are important to a career in business.
What Can I Expect As an Entrepreneurship Student?
- Students will learn how to make decisions to solve real-world, small business problems.
- Students will develop an understanding of the principles of customer service.
- Develop skills to recruit, train, and manage employees.
- How to use accounting software to manage and operate your business.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.