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About the Entrepreneurship Program

Your Dream Career as an Entrepreneur is Within Reach

The entrepreneurial journey starts with an idea. Bring your idea to life and create a career that aligns with your values and offers freedom, flexibility and unlimited earning potential. Every day is different in the life of a busy entrepreneur, and that is often part of what fuels the desire to be your own boss. The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology has even found that entrepreneurs live healthier lives compared to employees.

Whether you are already an entrepreneur or aspire to own your own business, our programs teach you how to identify a viable opportunity, evaluate an idea and assess the market, leverage experiments to validate your idea, refine your business strategy, discover key financial insights and understand how to raise capital and speak to investors. You will learn how to structure and operate your own enterprise, with skill-building opportunities across bu​siness strategy, product development, legal and financial concerns, and more.

With on-campus and fully online program options, SMC offers a format that works for you.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Department Certificate More information on the Department Certificate

Gain skills quickly with this short term program, then leverage them to get ahead in your career.

Estimated Timeline:
1 year or less, 18 units or less

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Certificate of Achievement - EntrepreneurshipCertificate of Achievement Icon

24 units This Degree is earnable completely online

This program provides students the opportunity to develop the skills needed to analyze business issues and explore their own entrepreneurial vision as they produce a thorough business plan. The coursework leads to a strong foundation in entrepreneurship. SMC collaborates with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

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Department Certificate - EntrepreneurshipDepartment Certificate

12-14 unitsThis Degree is earnable completely online

Our department certificate is a focused short-term version of the Certificate of Achievement designed to expose students with to the various aspects of Entrepreneurship.

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Department Certificate - Salon BusinessDepartment Certificate

11 units

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to demonstrate professional level skill in her cutting, hair coloring, hair styling, nail care, and skin care. Additionally, the student will be proficient in health and safety procedures in common use in salons. Upon completion, the student will be eligible to take the California State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering licensure exam.

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Online Merchant Bachelor's Degree $71,410
Risk Management Specialist Bachelor's Degree $70,330
Business Intelligence Analyst Bachelor's Degree $75,813
Search Marketing Strategist Bachelor's Degree $75,813