Learn the fundamental skills needed for entrepreneurship.
Welcome to the exciting world of business! Whether you want to operate or manage a small business, your future success in business starts here.
The SIAST Entrepreneurship & Small Business Certificate is a one-year certificate program. It is designed to provide the practical business knowledge and skill development needed to start and manage a small business. Upon successfully completing the program, you will have a comprehensive business plan based on your own business idea.
Why Parkland College?
“My time at Parkland College gave me the experience and knowledge that I needed in order to work in a fast paced environment. The freedom of small classroom sizes allows a person to fully comprehend concepts, ask questions, and build strong bonds with others that will last a lifetime.”
- Adon Hoffman
Director of Finance, Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
Tuition & Location
If you are interested in starting and/or managing a small business, a certificate in entrepreneurship and small business can put you on the path to an exciting career.
**International students please refer to International Student Admission
Materials: Approx. $800.00
Length: January 5, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Location: Yorkton, SK
Semester 1 Courses
BKPG 140 – Bookkeeping for Small Business
The course provides an introduction to bookkeeping. You will learn how to set up a bookkeeping system, record transactions, post to ledgers, prepare adjusting and closing entries, and prepare financial statements. The course content includes payroll, government remittances and bank reconciliations. You will gain hands-on experience by actually working through a set of books.
BKPG 141 – Automated Simulation
The course describes the procedures for setting up a record-keeping system for a company using Simply Accounting. You will have the opportunity to use Simply Accounting to complete a bookkeeping simulation.
BUS 153 – Credit and Collections
You will study the basics of credit and collections. Your studies will include the forms of credit, credit evaluation process and the collection process.
BUS 156 – Small Business Document Preparation
You will prepare documents typically used in a small business. Your learning activities will involve selecting the types of documents and designing the end product. You will learn how to use small business software applications for word processing and email to develop these documents.
CEXP 142 – Discovering Entrepreneurship 1
You will explore the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, the advantages and challenges of owning a business and the reasons for business failure. You will also complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine your personal strengths and weaknesses. The course content includes personal goal setting and personal budgeting.
CEXP 144 – Discovering Entrepreneurship 2
You will learn how to use a personal computer as a small business tool to conduct financial, statistical, and marketing research. You will discuss the process of business idea generation and opportunity identification, feasibility analysis and the importance of business planning. The course content includes methods of getting into business and forms of ownership.
FIN 145 – Financial Statement Analysis
You will examine strategies that use ratios to evaluate financial statements. You will also examine methods for conducting a trend analysis and make comparisons to industry standards.
MGMT 150 – Leadership
You will review and practice aspects of leadership, including motivation, delegation, teamwork, and decision making, in the context of small business.
MKTG 148 – Selling Skills
You will learn about the importance of selling skills in small business. You will examine the attributes of successful salespeople, identify the skills involved in the sales process and develop a sales plan. You will practice selling and dealing with objections.
MKTG 164 – Market Research 1
You will learn how to conduct primary and secondary marketing research. You will learn how to describe the product, competition, industry, and supplier network for your business.
MKTG 165 – Market Research 2
You will examine the target market of your business, and how to communicate with them through traditional and electronic means. You will describe the target market, and prepare a promotional plan for your business.
PD__ 143 – Professionalism
Your studies will focus on the importance of professionalism in the operation of a small business. You will explore the following topics: ethics, time and stress management, professional development, public image, and social responsibility.
SYST 147 – Automated Accounting
The course describes the procedures for using the following Simply Accounting modules: the company, receivable, payable, payroll, inventory, and banking. You will have the opportunity for hands-on practice in a computer lab setting.
Semester 2 Courses
BKPG 142 – Small Business Expenses
The course introduces you to the use of the Statement of Business or Professional Activities form for an unincorporated business. Your studies will include the following topics: business income and common business expenses focusing on motor vehicle, business-use-of-home, and capital cost allowance expenses.
BUS 148 – Negotiations
The course provides an introduction to negotiating strategies and tactics. You will also practice negotiating skills.
BUS 154 – Operational Strategy
The course describes the operations of a small business. Your studies will include the following topics: selecting a location, planning an efficient layout, describing the licensing and regulatory requirements, choosing a business name, determining hours of operation, determining fixed asset requirements, managing inventory, locating suppliers, investigating insurance and estimating start-up costs. The course content and learning activities will help you develop an operational strategy for your business.
BUS 155 – Business Plan Preparation
The course will help you prepare a business plan that combines your finalized marketing, operational, human resource, and financial strategies with a mission statement and executive summary. You will develop a verbal presentation of your business plan and deliver it in a simulated business environment.
BUS 157 – Advanced Document Preparation
You will prepare business documents for small business that involve advanced knowledge of word processing and design. You will learn how to collect and maintain information and how to use customer information to prepare mass mailings. You will learn to use presentation graphics software to present information regarding your business.
CEXP 145 – Discovering Entrepreneurship 3
In the course, you will have the opportunity to engage entrepreneurs and small business owner/operators in discussions about the opportunities and challenges you will encounter in planning, establishing and operating a successful business venture.
FIN 150 – Small Business Financial Projections
You will use a spreadsheet program to plan and prepare financial documents required in a small business. These documents form the basis for making financial decisions and for discussions with financial institutions, government representatives or other interested parties.
FIN 151 – Financial Strategy
The course describes the methods used to finance a business. You will investigate sources of financing, learn how to approach lenders and examine the basic forms of collateral security. You will also prepare a statement of projected costs and sources of funding for your business. The course describes financial projections focusing on the projected cash flow statement and projected income and expense statements and uses this information to determine the breakeven point and return on investment. You will develop a financial strategy for your business.
HR 145 – Human Resource Strategy
You will identify human resource requirements for a small business, including creating job descriptions, hiring staff, and managing performance. You will also examine the issues of compensation, discipline, training plan development, and labour standards. You will select a professional support team, and prepare a resume for inclusion in your business plan. You will prepare a complete human resources strategy for your proposed business.
MKTG 166 – Marketing Strategy
You will focus on projecting the revenue for your business. You will examine external factors such as economic conditions, technology, social trends, and regulations; discuss common pricing methods; and calculate market potential and market share. This revenue projection, in combination with the research from MKTG 164 and MKTG 165, will create a marketing strategy for your business.
PR 145 – Customer Service
You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. The course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints, and dealing with difficult people.
PRAC 159 – Practicum
You will spend four weeks/120 hours (unpaid) in a small business. You will have an opportunity to observe the operations of the business and to put your training to use.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Did You Know?
When you complete the Business, Office Education, Entrepreneurship or Continuing Care Certificate at Parkland College your certificate will be issued by the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST).
When can I apply?
You can apply anytime for SIAST certificate programs at Parkland College. However, please note that applicants are accepted on a first come/first qualified basis. Original transcripts are required for acceptance into a program. Applications can be sent without the original but will not be officially considered until all entrance requirements are met (original transcript included).
If a program runs full-time can I still take it on a part-time basis?
Yes, most of the programs are available on a class by class basis. If you are interested in taking a program but can only do a few classes per semester we can create a schedule that will suit your needs. Some classes do have a prerequisite requirement and need to be taken in a certain order. We can help guide you through the process!
How do I apply for a program as an International Student?
Students can complete the online application form and pay the $120.00 processing fee. Applications must include secondary and post-secondary transcripts and documents. English proficiency results must also be attached.
Are there English language requirements for International Students?
Our programs all require a minimum 6.5 IELTS bandscore. Some exceptions apply.
|Research indicates 80% of all new jobs in Canada are created by small businesses. Graduates of the SIAST Entrepreneurship & Small Business Certificate are prepared to start and operate new business ventures or work as managers in small businesses.|
- Grade 12 with English A30 & English B30 (Special Admission is available)
- English language requirement
- Computer experience using Windows is strongly recommended