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BUS-2210-VG01Y - Small Business Management


Synonym: 186890
Location: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 10-16-2019 to 12-11-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 10-27-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-18-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Robert Braathe | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: This course meets online and Wednesdays, 5:45-8:45PM.

Course Description:

This course explores the practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business. It is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to make informed business decisions. Topics include the basic concepts of accounting, finance, cash management, taxes, business law, government regulations, staffing, and marketing.

Essential Objectives:

1. Develop a business plan that accounts for market analysis, appraisal of products and services, marketing strategies, organizing and staffing, and financial analysis.
2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of buying an existing business, starting a new business, or acquiring a franchised business.
3. Describe and apply techniques of asset management including fixed assets, inventory, accounts receivable, and cash flow.
4. Apply marketing practices to product pricing, advertising, and sales promotion for small business.
5. Discuss federal and state laws and regulations and taxes affecting small businesses.
6. Discuss the ethical considerations inherent in decisions in small business management.
7. Describe the opportunities and challenges small businesses face in competing in a global marketplace.
8. Illustrate the controlling function of management through the use of financial statement analysis.

Evaluation Criteria:

50% Business Plan Related Assignments (3 at 10, 1 at 20)

20% Startup Showcase

20% Assignments (5)

10% Class Participation and Attendance

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.

Textbooks:

Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Robert Braathe
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Debra Grant

Mailing Address:
PO Box 777
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

  Home Phone: 518-290-0812

Notes: Text is fine, calls only in emergency. You can also schedule a call at http://meetme.so/RobertBraathe

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory at all meetings; however, if you have an extenuating circumstance or illness, please contact me ahead of time (at least 1 hour) prior to class if you are going to be absent or late.

Syllabus:

Course Overview

October 16th

1. Learn how to develop a business plan that accounts for market analysis, appraisal of products and services, marketing strategies, organizing and staffing, and financial analysis.

2. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of buying an existing business, starting a new business, or acquiring a franchised business.

Due by 10/23 - Read intro to 4 Hour Workweek and Step 1 - D for Definition

Business Plan Assignment #1

October 23rd

3. Describe and apply techniques of asset management including fixed assets, inventory, accounts receivable, and cash flow.

4. Apply marketing practices to product pricing, advertising, and sales promotion for small business.

Due by 10/30 - Read 4 Hour Workweek - Step 2 - E is for Elimination

Short Assignment #1 Due 10/30

October 30th

5. Discuss federal and state laws and regulations and taxes affecting small businesses.

Due by 11/6 - Read 4 Hour Workweek - Step 3 - A is for Automation

Business Plan Assignment #2

November 6th

6. Discuss the ethical considerations inherent in decisions in small business management.

Due by 11/13 - Read 4 Hour Workweek - Step 4 - L is for Liberation and Last but Not Least sections

Short Assignment #2 Due 11/13

November 13th

7. Describe the opportunities and challenges small businesses face in competing in a global marketplace

Business Plan Assignment #3

November 20th

8. Illustrate the controlling function of management through the use of financial statement analysis.

Short Assignment #3 Due 11/26 (Online Submission)

Short Assignment #4 Due 12/4

November 27th - No Class - Thanksgiving

December 4th

In Class Presentations and Business Plan Finalization

Business Plan Final Plan Due 12/10

Short Assignment #5 Due 12/12 (Online Submission)

December 11th

Startup Showcase

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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