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Entrepreneurship and Small Business Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Small Business Owner or Entrepreneur

Starting a small business is a dream for many people – but it takes a lot of planning and hard work to make it a reality. Entrepreneurship and small business programs at Ontario colleges can help you live your dream by giving you the skills and knowledge you need to get your small business ideas off the ground.

If you’re interested in the freedom and excitement of becoming an entrepreneur, and are willing to put in the effort it takes to make it happen, here’s what you need to know. More

Small Business Courses

Many small business programs start off with the same core courses as any business program – marketing, accounting, economics and much more. However, once the foundations are learned, these same areas will be covered from the unique perspective of starting a small business. Students will learn how to plan business ventures, obtain small business loans and financing, and learn about all the small business insurance requirements and taxes that apply when you become an entrepreneur. They will also learn how to effectively pitch their ideas and how to market a small business.

Case studies and business analysis are also part of the curriculum in small business programs. Students may also be asked to take a small business opportunity and develop it from idea to implementation, in simulated small business venture experiments.

General Small Business Program Requirements

Ontario college small business and entrepreneurship programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Grade 12 English and mathematics credits may also be required. Credits in communications, business and accounting are seen as assets.

Small Business Jobs and Salaries

It is difficult to predict the salary of a small business owner, as it depends entirely on the success of the business and the overhead for operation. However, on average, program graduates have a starting salary of $30,000 per year, with the potential to earn much more. Many successful small business owners see salaries in the $100,000 range or higher, but it can take years of hard work and much lower salaries before reaching that point.

Ontario Colleges Offering Small Business Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of small business programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Length Start Date Website
Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA BRANTFORD (LAURIER CAMPUS) OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - May Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2016 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA DOON OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2016 - May Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS CONESTOGA GUELPH OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 0062
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS LOYALIST MAIN OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: BUSI
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS LOYALIST MAIN OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2016 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: BUSI
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS SAULT MAIN CLOSED 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 2035
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS SAULT MAIN OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 2035
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS SAULT MAIN OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2016 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS


  • Program Code: 2035
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FANSHAWE WOODSTOCK OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS - ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT


  • Program Code: BEM1W
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Business - Management and Entrepreneurship ALGONQUIN PERTH OPEN 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

Business - Management and Entrepreneurship


  • Program Code: 0242X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) CLOSED 6 SEMESTERS 2015 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


  • Program Code: BUAD
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN 6 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


  • Program Code: BUAD
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) OPEN 6 SEMESTERS 2016 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


  • Program Code: BUAD
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOYALIST MAIN OPEN 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


  • Program Code: BUS3
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOYALIST MAIN OPEN 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS) 2016 - Jan Visit

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


  • Program Code: BUS3
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTENNIAL PROGRESS OPEN 6 SEMESTERS 2015 - Sep Visit

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - ENTREPRENEURSHIP


  • Program Code: 2508
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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