Entrepreneurship (EPR) courses
EPR 110 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
This course introduces students to the requirements for starting and operating a successful business. Students will learn how to assess the business environment and identify potential viable business opportunities. Business start-up, planning, organization, management, marketing, accounting, and financing are also covered in this practical course.
EPR 130 Sales and Customer Service
This course helps students learn the skills necessary to serve as an effective interface between customers and the organization offering products and/or services. Emphasis is placed on the development of communication skills that enhance and establish long-term customer relationships. Effective sales techniques and presentations will also be covered.
EPR 140 Accounting for Small Businesses
This survey of accounting is designed for the entrepreneur who needs an overview of both Financial Accounting, the basic accounting cycle and the creation of the three main financial statements and Managerial Accounting, including capital investing, budgeting, cost analysis, and performance evaluation and for those A.A.S. programs which require only 1 semester of accounting. This course is not designed for students in the A.A.S. Business Management of Business Accounting degree program and cannot be substituted for ACC 201 or ACC 211. This course requires the purchase of an on-line homework management application access code which can be purchased with the printed textbook or in association with an e-textbook.
EPR 150 Marketing with Social Media
This course will present social media marketing strategies for a small or start up business. Students will be introduced to a variety of social media platform and will learn how to use each platform in business and marketing applications.
EPR 160 Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
This course will focus on legal issues pertaining to small businesses, including forms of business organization, contracts, intellectual property protection, trademarks, copyrights, patents, and human resource issues.
EPR 170 Business Ethics
This course will challenge the student to heighten ethical conscience as an individual as well as within an organizational structure. Students will be challenged to develop a personal system of integrity, professionalism, and honesty while understanding the ethical paradigms of others. Through this course, students will examine the importance of developing an ethical structure prior to facing an ethical dilemma. This course will focus on ethics as a lifelong commitment, regardless of environment.
EPR 175 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Students will learn about social entrepreneurship, how to develop solutions to social problems and how social entrepreneurship can make an impact on the lives of others.
EPR 180 Local Interpretive Implementation
This course will introduce students to the history and principles of interpretation, audience assessment and needs, how to correlate goals and measurable objectives, and effectively identify, plan and present thematic programs. Students may select from available service-based learning opportunities with approved community partners. Students use interactive methods to interpret environmental and cultural heritage. Students will explore interpretive career pathways.
EPR 185 Interpretive Guide CertificationPrerequisite(s): EPR 180.
This course is a certification program that provides students with the knowledge and experience, cultural and environmental heritage interpretation. Students will gain technical competency of interpretation professionals and study the principles, practices and skills that are the expected standards of professional interpreters. Students will complete the National Certified Interpretive Guide exam and independently create and present a 10-minute oral interpretative presentation in accordance with the strict guidelines of NAI. Certification is contingent upon passing the CIG exam and the interpretative presentation. Course completion does not guarantee certification. Students must be at least 16 years of age in order to apply for CIG certification. Course fee.
EPR 197 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
A variable content learning module consisting of lecture, discussion, studio projects, and/or field projects that can change from semester to semester. Topics will be identified by title in the schedule of classes. The course may be repeated if the topics differ.
EPR 210 Employee Management and Supervision
An introduction to the leadership skills required for managers and supervisors, including how to effectively establish goals, organize departments, recruit, hire, and train employees, establish and supervise teams, appraise employee performance, make decisions, resolve conflicts, and communicate.
EPR 225 Business Technology
This course covers technological innovation, and how to effectively acquire, utilize, and manage technology to improve the business' competitiveness and opportunities for success.
EPR 240 Family Business Management
This course explores the unique issues involved in managing and working in a family business. Topics include family dynamics, communications, legal and financial aspects, governance, conflict resolution, non-family member employment, bringing new family members into the business, succession, transfer of leadership and ownership, and sustaining profitability.
EPR 245 Charitable Organizations
This course will focus on 501(c)(3) charitable organizations with particular attention to the types of organizations which can and cannot qualify for 501(c)(3) status. Further, the course will also outline some of the benefits of 501(c)(3) status, as well as many of the legal requirements for maintaining 501(c)(3) charitable status. Students will become familiar with key legal issues which are critical to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
EPR 260 Funding Acquisition
This course introduces students to various funding sources for starting or expanding a small business. Students will learn how to evaluate funding opportunities and determine which type is best for their business and how to prepare effective funding requests.
EPR 290 Business Plan Development
This course is appropriate for students interested in starting their own business or students who already own a business and are interested in growing that business. Students interested in starting their own business will learn how to evaluate a business concept, develop a marketing plan, prepare the financial projects for their business concept and develop a sound business plan. Students who already own a business will learn how to make sound business decisions to take their business to the next level of operation. Students will also be able to identify and evaluate various resources available for funding a business.
EPR 295 Service Learning in EntrepreneurshipPrerequisite(s): 12 credit hours.
This one-hour service learning component course incorporates community service with classroom instruction in entrepreneurship. It provides a service learning experience, addressing the practice of citizenship and promoting awareness of and participation in public affairs. It includes 40 hours of service benefitting an external community organization, agency or public service provider. Approved service placements and assignments will vary depending on the specific course topic and learning objectives; a list of approved placements and assignments is available from the instructor and the Citizenship and Service Learning Office. The course may be repeated for up to three credit hours.
EPR 299 Internship in EntrepreneurshipPrerequisite(s): 24 credit hours or equivalent experience.
The internship in entrepreneurship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. This internship course gives the students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. This course may be repeated for a total of six credit hours.