Community Building Through Social Entrepreneurship and Business Development
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Small businesses and non-profit enterprises are growth engines for building communities and implementing social justice and equity. This program will help students develop the competencies required to run a sustainable small business or a non-profit organization. Topics will include financial management, entrepreneurship, business finance, and accounting, writing, communication, leadership, and management skills needed for starting, operating and promoting a successful and financially sustainable small-business or non-profit business organizations. Students will explore issues, challenges, and opportunities that arise from working with various types of small businesses, social enterprises, and public organizations across the boundaries of cultural and economic differences. They will also cover topics on economic policy and globalization.
This program is for students interested in entrepreneurship, business management and finance, community building, organizational behavior, and leadership. Students will cultivate practices of ethical, resilient, and visionary leadership as they work to become persuasive and credible communicators. They will learn to employ stories, strategies, and structures to communicate clear messages, build community, and create effective change. Individual and group learning will be facilitated through active involvement in seminar discussions, workshop activities, writing, storytelling, and oral presentations. Students will design and implement individual and group projects and do research and analysis of small businesses and non-profit organizations models. Students will have the opportunity to build their work over three quarters.
12 Credit Option: Students who enroll for 12 credits will participate in all program activities plus a 4 credit in-program individual learning project, business venture proposal, or in-service internship. Students who choose to do advanced work can build towards a capstone project completed by spring. The content project or internship must relate to the program and must be approved by the faculty by the end of the first week each quarter.
To successfully participate in this program, students will need internet access, and a computing device (preferably a laptop or desktop, a webcam and microphone). Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 2 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Canvas and Zoom. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Business Economics, Finance, Public Service Management and Business and Social Entrepreneurship
Credits per quarter
- Fall Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
- Winter and Spring: No Required Online Learning - No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional.
Class Size: 50
Located in: Olympia