While many in Washington today are loathe to admit it, small businesses (firms with fewer than 500 employees) drive the U.S. economy by providing jobs for over fifty percent the nation’s private workforce and strong tax revenues. Figures presented by the Small Business Association (SBA) showed that small businesses with less than 20 employees increased national employment by nearly 900,000 jobs between 2001 and 2002–an astounding figure. Small businesses account for 40% of retail sales. They occupy 30-50% of all commercial real estate. They provide 55% of all jobs and 65% of all new jobs in the U.S. No other business sector contributes more to the job market, economy, success and strength of the United States the small business sector.
Currently, there are about 23 million small businesses in the United States. Whether you own a small business, work for a small business, or work for a firm that conducts business with a small business, its pretty certain that in some way, shape or form you’re personal wealth and financial position is influenced by a small business. What many people don’t realize is that most wealth in this nation resides with small business owners. It’s not the Bill Gates and Warren Buffets that account for the top 30% of wealthiest Americans, it’s small business owners and entrepreneurs.
While a degree is not a must for small business owners and entrepreneurs, it is extremely helpful–and greatly increases probability for success. Specifically, degree programs in entrepreneurship and small business management can help would-be business owners and entrepreneurs develop useful knowledge and skills in accounting, finance, marketing, business law, human resource management, economics and various other disciplines important for launching and running a successful small business.
More and more colleges and universities are beginning to offer accredited degree programs in entrepreneurship and small business management. In fact, most reputable business schools now offer degrees in both. For students seeking a basic education in entrepreneurship and small business management, in preparation for an advanced degree or to launch their own business, an associate’s degree may be sufficient. However, the most popular degree is the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship (either offered as a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration).
Another degree which is growing in popularity is the MBA in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management. This two-year graduate degree program provides students with the general business skills of a traditional MBA while allowing students the opportunity to hone their skills in entepreneurship and small business management. Graduates from these programs are well positioned to work as managers in large corporations, in small startups or their own outfit.
Below you can browse a comprehensive database of colleges and universities providing traditional campus-based and online degree programs in small business management and entrepreneurship.
Small Business Management Degrees and Certificates
Southern New Hampshire University
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