Small Business Development

This certificate is designed to develop the necessary tactical skills for building and managing a small business successfully. Covering areas such as writing the business proposal, budgeting, law and regulations, communications, and leadership. (Available starting Spring 2018)

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
 Recommended Start Term Students can begin this certificate in any of our 5 8-week sessions, but the most expedient way to complete the certificate would be to begin in the Spring I session. To see how quickly you could finish this certificate view our Course Rotation schedule.
Quickest Time to Complete 4 8-Week Sessions (10 months)
Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings and online within 8 week sessions.
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Locations Water Tower Campus –
820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
Tuition and Fees


Certificate Requirements

  • CPST 273 Building and Leading an Effective Workforce
  • CPST 275 Successful Small Business Ventures
  • CPST 276 Introductory Finance and Budgetary Best Practices for Small Organizations
  • CPST 277 Writing the Business Proposal
  • CPST 279 Tactical Communications for Small Businesses
  • CPST 335 Law and Regulations for Organizational Leaders

Course Descriptions

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