Business: Small Business Management, AAS

This program offers development of the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate proficiency as a small business manager or entrepreneur. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to

  • Use basic accounting and financial principles to make management and marketing decisions;
  • Apply technology and specific software as related to business applications;
  • Apply basic business law applications to daily business operations, organizational issues, and personnel;
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of various organizational formats available to the small business owner;
  • Develop a basic business plan, marketing plan, and financial projections as commonly used in business;
  • Apply the basic principles of human resource management and employment law to the overall management of an organization;
  • Understand the benefits of various agencies available to assist the small business owner; and
  • Explain the pros and cons of various funding options available for starting or expanding a business.

Required Courses

First Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 16

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 16

Second Year

Fall Semester

First Semester Total: 17

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 14

Total Credits: 63

RIndicates Related Instruction Requirement.

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Program Information

  • An internship is an option for this program. Students must apply for placements the prior semester. Formore information and application deadlines, contact Cathy Allard at (406) 756-3808 or
  • All required courses within the degree program must be taken for a letter grade. No courses may be taken on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis.
  • If you are considering transfer to a four-year college, some of the courses will transfer as electives only. See your advisor for more information.

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Graduates may start their own business, manage a small business for someone else, or work in a small business in a professional role.
  • Small businesses account for 99% of Montana businesses and employ 65% of Montana employees.

Advising Information:

For more information about the program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor.

Faculty Advisor Student Support Center Advisor
Connie Hitchcock, M.B.A. Jori Bullemer
BSS 107 LRC 146
(406) 756-4329 (406) 756-3905

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