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How To Start a Small Business

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Admissions Requirements:
Individuals applying for this course are required to:

  • At least 18 years of age; and
  • Able to read at an 8th grade level. Present proof of secondary education (transcripts, high school diploma, or GED certificate).
  • Able to operate a computer, surf the internet. Independent with basic processing applications such as MS Word & Publisher.

Program Outline

Subject # Subject Title Clock Hours
Lec Lab Clin Total
BUS 101 Writing a Business Plan 01 01 00 02
BUS 102 Choosing a Business Location and Advertising 00 01 00 01
BUS 103 Business Financing 01 00 00 01
BUS 104 Legal structures of Business 01 00 00 01
BUS 105 Taxes and other Employer responsibilities 01 00 00 01
BUS 106 Business Licenses and Permits 01 00 00 01
Total Hours 05 02 00 07

The approximate time required to complete this program is 7hours/one day students. ****There are no prerequisites for this seminar.

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

Business Plan
Money
Building
IRS
Texas State of Secretary Seal

BUS 101- Writing a Business Plan (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 01 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.

BUS 102- Choosing a Business Location and Advertising(Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
Location is key to the success of any business. Learn how to consider location choices for your business type, and how to grow your customer base through a variety of advertising resources.

BUS 103- Business Financing (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
Improve your odds of business success by understanding your financing needs as well as the options that are available to help you start, manage, and grow your business.

BUS 104- Legal Structures of Business (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day 1)
The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business. Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining financial resources from lenders.

BUS 105- Taxes and Employer Responsibilities (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day1)
Find out if your business needs to obtain a tax ID and what the benefits and requirements are. Learn about employment and labor laws to
make sure your business is in compliance.

BUS 106- Business Licenses and Permits (Lec 01 Cl Hrs / Lab 00 Cl Hrs / Ext 00 Cl Hrs) [Prerequisites: None] (Day1)
To run your business legally, there are certain federal and state licenses and permits you will need to obtain. These resources will help you understand those requirements for your small business, along with occupancy permits and zoning ordinances.

How to Open a Small Business Basis of Grades:
Business Plan 25%
Advertising 25%
Budget 25%
Legal Structure 25%