Course Code: GES423
Cover the fundamentals of owning a business and develop a realistic idea of what it takes to start your own company.
Learn about idea generation techniques and how to develop a business concept. Begin considering the resources needed to make your business plan a reality.
Understand legal considerations and regulations for starting your own business. Cover the best way to spread the word about your company and market your business.
Develop managerial skills and learn about employment and labor laws. Understand what’s needed to hire and fire an employee.
Explore the best ways to receive financial backing for your project. Cover the best ways to receive financial statements, approach stakeholders, and more.
Complete the course by learning how to create a bankable business plan. Understand how to present yourself and your business in person. Review your plan and learn how to put your business plan into action.
Kris Solie-Johnson, chancellor and president of the American Institute of Small Business, best-selling author, educator, speaker, and mother of three, is an energetic and passionate entrepreneur. Her books are in public libraries, high schools, colleges, and military bases both nationally and internationally. Solie-Johnson has an MBA in Venture Management from the University of St. Thomas and over 19 years of experience helping entrepreneurs reach their goals quickly through joint venture partnerships, creative marketing programs, and innovative financial options. She's dedicated to motivating and inspiring owners to achieve beyond their dreams.
There are no prerequisites for this program.
This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and can be taken on either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible on IE7 and later browsers. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.
Click Here to download the Acrobat Reader.
Click Here to download the Flash Player.
ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:
Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.
All the materials you’ll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
Every business is unique; therefore, you will need individual attention. This program is designed to assist you and your personal business plans.
This program is applicable to any business. The fundamental organizational and strategic issues are similar for any type of business in any industry.
We have designed each lesson so that it has about an hour of reading beyond the online lesson. We provide options for reading and other resources for help, if you need them.
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.
All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you’re given six (6) months to complete this program.
ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.
Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.
Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.
No, you do not need to know how to create financial spreadsheets. We will teach you what you need to know and show you many ways that financial spreadsheets and projections can be produced regardless of you level of financial background.
Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.
No, you do not need to start with a lot of money. We show how to get started with as little as possible and how to obtain financing from investors, banks, government programs, and other sources.
If you already have a business, this course will help you to ensure that your business has the best plan and the best strategy. This course will also teach you about the implementation of a business plan such as marketing, hiring, and managing.
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at (855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.
In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.