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Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Small business is critical to the United States economy. Whether you want to open a traditional store-front, a home operation, an online venture, or simply learn the foundations of business, this certificate equips you with the knowledge and skills you need.

Please click here for a complete program brochure.

This certificate, developed in partnership with Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education (PROVE), was designed in an effort to promote and expand small business opportunities for veterans throughout New York City. PROVE, founded in 2007, supports student veterans as they transition from military service to student life. Veterans who are interested in pursuing this certificate should contact our bursar, Milena Timerman, to learn more about using GI Bill benefits towards this program. This certificate is open to all interested participants, including non-veterans.

Registration and Tuition:
This program consists of 8 required courses  and 2 electives. Tuition is $3600, plus one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually, with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register online for courses please click on the Course Browser/RegistrationNote:Not all course offerings are available each semester.

Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester.   Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.

Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.

Spring 2014 SemesterDay
Successfully Marketing and Promoting Any Business Monday 6:00-9:00pm
Understanding Business Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm 3/15-4/12
How to Start a Small Business Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm 4/26-5/31
Financial Planning Mon. & Wed. 7:40-9:30pm 4/7-5/7
Small Business Management Tue. & Thu. 7:40-9:30pm 4/1-5/1
Business Practices Tue. & Thu. 5:30-7:30pm 4/1-5/1

Bookkeeping & Budgeting Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm 3/5-4/2
Microsoft Excel II Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 4/1-5/6


Summer 2014 Semester Day Time Dates
Accounting Basics for Non-Accountamts Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm 6/7-6/28
Successfully Marketing and Promoting Any Business Thursday 6:00-9:00pm 6/5-6/26
Understanding Business Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm 7/12-8/9
Business Law for Small Business Owner Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm 6/11-7/9
Small Business Management Thursday 7:40-9:30pm 7/8-8/7
Business Practices Thursday 5:40-7:30pm 7/8-8/7
Bookkeeping and Budgeting Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm 6/11-7/9
Business Writing Wednesday 7:40-9:40pm 6/4-7/9
Introduction to Sustainability Monday 6:00-9:00pm 6/9-6/30
Microsoft Excel I Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 5/20-6/24
Microsoft Excel II Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm 7/8-8/12

Required Courses

  • Accounting Basics for Non-Accountants
  • Successfully Marketing and Promoting Any Business
  • Understanding Business
  • How to Start a Small Business
  • Business Law for Small Business Owner
  • Financial Planning
  • Small Business Management
  • Business Practices

Electives (choose 2)

  • Bookkeeping & Budgeting
  • Business Writing
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • Microsoft Excel I
  • Microsoft Excel II


Course Status

If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.

Attendance Requirements
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.

Retake Policy for Certificate Program
*  A student may drop a class only before the start of the first meeting. A class may not be dropped after the first class meeting has occurred. No refund will be given.
*  If for any reason a student does not complete a class, the class will be treated as a failure. In this case, the Retake Policy will apply.
*  The Retake Policy allows a student to retake the failed class free of charge within a period of one year. This privilege can be exercised only ONCE for the duration of the certificate program.
* If a student believes that his or her circumstances warrant special consideration in the case of a dropped or uncompleted class, please state the reason in writing and send to the Assoc. Dir. of CE, whose decision on the matter will be final.

Completed all required courses? Request your Certificate, Transcript and Completion Letter via the Certificate/Completion Letter Request Form.

Continuing Education’s certification programs are offered for no college credit. A certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements explained in the CE bulletin.


Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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