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The Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is designed to assist the student in the establishment and operation of a small business. While most of the courses satisfy partial requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration, many students take this program solely to acquire the knowledge needed to meet entrepreneurial goals. In addition to honing computer and writing skills, the program focuses on developing the skills needed to write a business plan, keep books and create a marketing plan.

For increased flexibility, students may elect to take more than 75% of the program courses online.

Program Competencies

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • use a computer with basic competency;
  • write clearly and concisely;
  • understand the history of American business and capitalism;
  • prepare a business plan worthy of acceptance and processing by the banking community;
  • demonstrate the skills acquired in a business elective; and
  • keep a set of books and analyze financial statements. 


Total Degree Credits: 30.0-31.0

First Year, Fall Semester
BU 120 - Introduction to Accounting Credit Hours: 3 or
BU 121 - Accounting Principles I Credit Hours: 4
BU 131 - Computer Applications in Business Credit Hours: 3
BU 140 - Introduction to Business Credit Hours: 3
BU 151 - Marketing I Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3 or
EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
BU 240 - Principles of Management Credit Hours: 3
BU 243 - Entrepreneurship Credit Hours: 3
BU 247 - Business Plan Completion Credit Hours: 3
BU 271 - Internship Credit Hours: 3
BU ___ - Business Elective Credit Hours: 3

Note: The majority of these courses may be taken in any sequence. However, business plan construction and the internship should not be attempted until the student has acquired foundation tools.

Available At:

City Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Assist in establishment and operation of a small business
Gainful Employment Information

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Business & Public Service

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City Campus
Room 575
121 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
P: (716) 851-1081