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Many courses are available at a variety of times and days (and evenings!) to suit your schedule; some are taught completely online; some are traditional classes; some are a hybrid that can be completed at an accelerated pace of 15 weeks.

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Small Business Management

Are you a small business owner or entrepreneur who is looking to enhance your skills and grow your business? Dutchess Community College has introduced a suite of accelerated classes designed for busy professionals who know that understanding the business of business is critical to success. 

In just two consecutive seven-week sessions, you can complete three courses through a special online/on-site opportunity that will equip you with the skills necessary to increase your effectiveness in today’s business environment. The courses – Foundations of Business (BUS 102), Principles of Marketing (BUS 107) and Small Business Management (BUS 208) – will provide a solid framework to support your professional goals and expand your knowledge of fundamentals including legalities, financing, accounting, market segmentation, franchising, pricing, consumer behavior, Internet opportunities and social responsibility.

As part of this unique hybrid program, you will take BUS 102 and BUS 107 concurrently at the Poughkeepsie campus on Monday and Wednesday evenings for the first seven weeks, and then BUS 208 on Monday evenings for the second seven weeks. In-class instruction will be complemented by online coursework that offers flexibility and convenience. Traditional 15-week online and on-site options also are available for those who wish to take the courses one at a time, at a slower pace. In order to earn a microcredential, you must earn a minimum grade of C in each of the three courses.  

In addition to receiving a digital badge as evidence of your completion of the Small Business Management credential, you will earn nine college credits that are applicable to an associate degree in Business Administration or Business Management, should you wish to continue your higher education.

Tuition and fees for each course total $593; textbooks will be purchased separately at additional cost.

To learn more about the Small Business Management credential contact the ACT Center at (845) 431-8600 or click here to receive additional information.

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BUS 102 Foundations of Business 3
BUS 107 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 208 Small Business Management 3

This microcredential can be stacked into the Business Administration A.S. and Business Management A.A.S. degrees.