BUSN2085 Small Business Operations

The Small Business Operations course is designed for students interested in learning how to manage a small business. The course focuses on operating a small business in today’s dynamic business environment, and covers such topics as risk taking and entrepreneurship, forms of ownership, planning, organizing and managing, marketing, financing, human resources management, governmental regulation and taxation, franchising, starting or buying a small business, and other relevant subject areas.




Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 and qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL0930

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Compare the various approaches to starting a small business
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of the various legal structures of a small business
Describe the opportunities for small business as global enterprises
Develop small business marketing strategies to create value for customers
Develop competitive strategies for capturing business opportunities
Discuss the elements of the operating system in small business, and the role of quality in operations management
Identify strategies for human resources management in small business
Describe the risk management process to be followed in small businesses
Identify the basic requirements for a small business accounting system
Analyze the financial needs of a small business
Identify appropriate sources of funds for financing short and long term business needs
Explain the options for harvesting or closing the small business, and the related importance and outcomes

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Eden Prairie Campus – 952-995-1544


Brooklyn Park Campus and Eden Prairie Campus:  952-995-1300

Credit Details