Start by taking a single course
At CalSouthern, you have the option of enrolling in a course without committing to a degree program. It’s a fantastic way to get a feel for the CalSouthern online learning experience before enrolling. You can apply the credits you earn to a CalSouthern bachelor’s degree program, or, since CalSouthern is regionally accredited, the credits are readily transferable into a bachelor’s program at another institution, as well.* Or, maybe you simply want to gain college-level knowledge and expertise in a topic area of interest to you.
Choose from any of the undergraduate courses in CalSouthern’s School of Business. A vast selection of subjects are available, on topics as diverse as business communication, marketing, finance, human resources and international business.
Getting started is quick and easy. No entrance exams are required and you don’t have to provide official transcripts. Courses start every month and you’ll never encounter a closed course or waiting list!
*Although credits from regionally accredited institutions like CalSouthern are readily accepted by other universities, acceptance is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
Undergraduate Business Courses
ENT 2101 Business Plans for New Ventures
This course focuses on how to turn a great idea into a profitable business by developing a powerful and persuasive business plan. The student learns how to develop the skills and tools needed to communicate the value of their idea to investors and attract key talent. The business plan can also be used as a guide throughout the entire process of starting and operating a business. The student learns the specific skills for determining what to include in the plan, securing capital needed, assessing opportunities and risks, and avoiding common pitfalls that cost money, time, and effort. Students also explore techniques for developing sales, marketing, operations, and distribution strategies.Learning Outcomes:
- Discuss a nascent entrepreneur and Zach’s “Star of Success.”
- Describe the business planning guide and types of business plans.
- Discuss the development of the cover page, executive summary, and table of contents.
- Identify why the development of a business plan is referred to as a process.
- Define industry analysis and market space for the target consumers.
- Describe competition analysis, company description, and product description.
- Explain marketing plan elements, plus, product and service strategies.
- Discuss pricing, distribution, and sales strategies.
- Evaluate operations plan and strategy, plus, scope and ongoing operations.
- Discuss development plan and strategy, plus, developing a timeline.
- Define team roles, compensation, ownership, and critical risks.
- Examine how to evaluate operating expenses and develop a sources and uses table.
- Discuss the comparable and build-up methods.
- Discuss the three basic types of financial statements used in a business plan.
- Introduce self and explain course expectations.
- Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
- Access information efficiently and effectively.
- Evaluate information critically and competently.