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Small Business Management

Career Studies Certificate

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Be your own boss

Accelerated curriculum enables you to complete the program in 1 year

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The Career Studies Certificate in Small Business Management from Tidewater Community College provides a strong foundation for those interested in launching or operating small business ventures.

TCC’s program teaches you the accounting, marketing, management and financial skills needed to launch – and grow – a successful company. Instructors dedicated to your advancement will coach you through an accelerated curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of small business owners.

Course work covers theoretical and practical details related to:

  • accounting
  • Microsoft office suite
  • communications
  • marketing
  • small business management
  • financial management


Flexible online, day and evening course offerings, and financial assistance can help even the busiest entrepreneur make it to class.

Sign up for the small business management program and bring your dream of starting a business to life!  

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's associate degree in small business management and entrepreneurship. You can also transfer credits toward TCC's associate degrees in management and business administration

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Small Business Management consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on multiple campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
28 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,189.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Apply all of the credits in this program to TCC's associate degree in small business management and entrepreneurship. Or, transfer some of your credits toward associate degrees in management or business administration

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have confidence in your skills and abilities
  • have strong interpersonal skills
  • possess excellent organizational skills
  • enjoy leadership positions 
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Day, evening and weekend classes are designed for students with busy schedules

Earn academic credit while gaining experience through cooperative education programs with local businesses 

Finish this program in as few as 3 semesters


"My experience taking a Z-course was phenomenal."

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You can save on your TCC degree with the Z-Degree.


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