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Self Paced

The Small Business Management Certificate Program - Self-Paced is a great option for individuals with unpredictable schedules but who are still motivated to earn their certificate. Self-paced individuals are required to complete the same requirements as the 8-week course but they have a year to complete their requirements and they will graduate with the following 8-week course class once they have completed all requirements. 


  • ENROLL IN PROGRAM (Pay one time fee of $75)
  • Attend all 8 Required Seminars
  • Meet with an SBDC advisor
  • Complete 2 Online Training Modules
  • View IRS Tax Module
  • Complete Draft Business Plan
  • Graduate!

REQUIRED SEMINARS (NO substitutions)

  • Starting Your Own Business? What You Need to Know!
  • Business Plan I (“Narrative”)
  • Business Plan II (“Financials”)
  • Financing Options (“Shaking the Money Tree”)
  • And any four out of the following…
    • Marketing 101 (“Basics of Marketing & Branding”)
    • Understanding Financial Statements
    • Bookkeeping Basics
    • Sales Tax Basics (“Sales Tax 101”)
    • Choosing Your Legal Structure

After all requirements are met, you may choose to attend a graduation ceremony with the next graduating 8-week course class or opt to have your certificate mailed to you. (SBMCP Graduations are held on a quarterly basis)