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Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship

Associate in Business Studies

Program Overview

This program emphasizes skills in entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation along with the ability to analyze the role of entrepreneurship in society. The entrepreneurial process consists of imagining opportunities and taking action to create value through new ventures; an essential career skill even for individuals employed by an organization. New firm creation can be a critical factor in global economic growth, and entrepreneurial capabilities can be crucial in bringing new technologies and services to society.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in small business management? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Plan, direct or coordinate the operations of a public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing or administrative services.

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are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within the guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. You will also plan, direct or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

Map of Michigan with Delta College's region highlighted.

Conduct retail activities of businesses operating exclusively online. Other duties may include preparing business strategies, buying merchandise, managing inventory, implementing marketing activities, fulfilling and shipping online orders and balancing financial records.

median annual salary
annual job openings

are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

This number is expected to over the next four years.

of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

Visit Career Coach for more details.

Map of Michigan with Delta College's region highlighted.

About Delta's Program

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    Amazing faculty 

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

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Managers are people that inspire, motivate and lead others. Delta College’s management programs help students develop effective interpersonal abilities, instill entrepreneurial thinking, excel in diverse business environments, and so much more. The knowledge gained and the skills learned with management education can be applied across virtually every industry and organization. Earn the certificate along with your degree in a skilled trades program, and you will have taken the first step toward owning your own business.

A sample of business topics you will explore include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Business Mathematics
  • Electronic Media Communication
  • Human Resources Management
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Small Business Management

Through a broad range of small business courses, you’ll gain the practical skills you need to successfully plan and manage your enterprise, from the planning stages, to managing growth and hiring employees.

Why you should choose Delta

Convenience

Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.

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Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!

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Transfer opportunities

One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go anywhere. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice to get your associate's and then transfer on!

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your entrepreneurship and management studies with:

  • Colorado State University Global Campus
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Kettering University
  • Northwood University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Walsh College

Visit transfer agreements and guides to see the specifics for each agreement as well as the whole list of transfer opportunities. Have questions? Make an appointment with academic advising to discuss your dreams.

Facts & Figures

Technology

Our students get the latest technology so they can graduate and be ready to hit the ground running.

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Delta is nationally recognized as one of America's leading community colleges.


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