Are you a self-starter who wants to work for yourself? Have you always dreamed of starting your own business but just need the right set of business tools?

In just one semester you can learn the critical skills you’ll need to draw up a business plan, locate resources and funding and plan for the success of your own business, no matter what field it’s in! Best of all, El Centro’s Small Business Academy classes are taught completely online, so you can take courses around your work schedule.

Business and Management At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Business and Management jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ targeted occupations lists eight separate business management and administration positions as high-growth areas this year. 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, also projects high increase (more than 10%) in a number of management jobs in various fields. More than 20% job growth is projected through 2024 in management positions in administrative services, computer and information systems, marketing, and medical and health services – the top growth area.  

Get Practical Skills for Starting Your Own Business

Before you risk investing time and money, get the practical skills and business knowledge you’ll need, including:

  • accounting
  • business law
  • choosing solid business opportunities
  • computer information systems
  • estimating business growth
  • financial feasibility
  • forecasting operating expenses and sales
  • identifying objectives and setting goals
  • legal and ethical issues
  • marketing
  • operations
  • products and services

By the end of the program, you should be able to answer these critical questions:

  • What does it take to launch a successful entrepreneurial career?
  • What’s the difference between a good idea and an idea with profit potential?
  • Is the opportunity I’m considering right for me, right now?
  • Why do some firms flourish while others never grow beyond one product?
  • What critical steps do I need to take in planning my business?
  • How can I project what challenges and hurdles I’ll have and how to overcome them?
  • How much money do I need to start my business — and where and how do I get it?
  • Do I need a business plan, and how do I develop one?
  • How do I plan for growth and expansion?

Small Business Academy Degree and Certificate Options

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only one of the seven colleges of DCCCD to offer the Small Business Academy program.

The Small Business Academy Certificate (Gainful Employment Information) is a Level I certificate program in entrepreneurship. The program is designed to teach foundational business competencies that provide the knowledge and practical skills to plan, start and run your own business. It can be completed in three semesters.