An entrepreneur is a person who takes on an idea and makes it grow - a person who assumes the responsibility and risk for a business operation with the expectation of making a profit. This involves decisions about the product, acquiring the facilities and bringing together the labor force, capital and production materials to make things happen. 

Columbia College's Entrepreneurship Program can help provide the important background and training to help you become a successful entrepreneur. You'll discover the steps to create a business plan, obtain financing and market your product line, along with other ideas to start your own business.

Core Entrepreneurship classes include:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Preparing Effective Business Plans
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Contract Law for Entrepreneurs

Related electives include:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Small Business Management
  • Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Project Management

Entrepreneurship majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:

At the Certificate Level:
At the Associate's Level:
At the Bachelor's Level or Beyond:
Start your own business Business Owner and Manager Business Management
Administrative Assistant Production Supervisor Human Resources Director
Customer Service Marketing Specialist Administrative Services Manager
Sales Representative Human Resources Assistant Business Consultant
Non-profit Fundraiser Property Management College Professor


Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associate of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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