Small Business and Startups

Do you dream of starting your own business, or have you already taken steps to own or manage one? Our noncredit courses can provide you with information, insight and ideas to successfully launch or manage a business. Learn how to solve common business startup problems from experts with experience.

If you have no previous accounting experience, start here. Intended to serve as an excellent companion when learning to use QuickBooks or other accounting software, this course is designed for people who might not be pursuing a career in accounting but need a working understanding of basic accounting principles.

In business, commodities are bought for the lowest price possible, but brands are purchased at a premium. Learn how to create a brand that allows you to master your market while also commanding top dollar. This class will provide the concepts, tools and techniques needed to discover, craft and communicate your true brand.

Learn about legal concerns and business pitfalls from the perspective of a founder of three startup companies. Topics covered: contract issues, employee issues, business partner legal issues, stock holders, investors (Angel and Venture Capital), state, federal and other regulatory hurdles, intellectual property protection and breaches, contractor legalities and grants. As a new business owner, learn how to identify the risks, thresholds and mitigation plans to minimize surprises that can slow your momentum (or worse!). This class will provide a practical approach to improve skills and help you identify the need for, and prepare for meeting with attorneys.

Creating a Successful Business Plan
Turn your business ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. Committing your idea to paper in the form of a business plan not only increases your chances of obtaining financing, but also in keeping your business strategically focused. You will work through all the major components of writing a business plan and emerge with your first draft in hand. And most importantly, you will have completed the first—and most difficult—step on the path to small business success. This course is offered offered in partnership with Ed2Go.


Use the course links above to locate an upcoming section and enroll online, or phone (608) 258-2301 menu option 2 for registration assistance.