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Business and Management



To earn this certificate, students must complete all eight classes. Students who completed the previous certificate program will be exempt from certain classes. See notes in parentheses for more information.

Core classes:

  • Launching and Surviving a Small Business (students who previously completed Small Business Start Up and Business Plan Development and/or Choices in Legal Formation are exempt)
  • Overcoming the Fear of Social Media Marketing (students who previously completed Marketing Your Small Business to Success are exempt)
  • Leveraging Google for your Small Business
  • Planning Your Company Budget     
  • Hiring the Right Employee for Your Small Business
  • Managing Your Small Business Employee Performance  
  • Growing your Small Business (students who previously completed Small Business Growth and Financial Development are exempt
  • Learning How to Speak Accounting          

Other courses of interest (not required)

  • Comprehensive QuickBooks
  • Business Writing for Success
  • How to Communicate with Diplomacy, Tact, and Credibility
  • Strategies for Developing Effective Presentations Skills
  • Principles of Operations Management Summer
  • Conflict Resolution  

Introduction to Bookkeeping

This basic, hands-on, workshop-style manual bookkeeping course covers the complete accounting cycle from business transactions through entry into the books and records. Posting to accounts, preparation of worksheets and adjusting journal entries, and preparation of financial statements and closing are also discussed. Introduction to Bookkeeping will prepare you for any accounting or bookkeeping system: manual, one-write, or software driven. Topics include the sales and purchase journals; cash receipts and cash disbursements journal; accounts receivable; inventory; and the use of Excel spreadsheets. Textbook is required and available in college bookstore.

4.2 CEU

Cost: $410


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

May 4

Jun 22

7 Sa 9:00am - 3:30pm Surendra Jakhar

1/2 hour lunch
No class May 25

How to Communicate with Diplomacy, Tact, and Credibility

Learn how to choose and use the most appropriate words and emotional tone for every business interaction. You will gain insights into your communication style and the styles of others while building skills to clearly and effectively receive and transmit information, ideas, thoughts, feelings, and needs.

1.5 CEU

Cost: $280


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

May 23

Jun 20

5 Th 6:30 - 9:30pm Jim O'Donnell

Launching and Surviving a Small Business

You have decided to open a business. Now what? What product or service do you want to sell? Who needs that product or service? What must you consider when launching your own small business? This course covers what you need to know to succeed and what you need to do to avoid the common pitfalls.

This course will cover:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creating a Startup vision
  • Registering Your Business
  • Keys to business startup
  • Business startup checklist
  • Ten common business mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Resources for startups

1.2 CEU

Cost: $160


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Jun 4

Jun 13

4 Tu, Th 6:00 - 9:00pm Ed Andriessen

Overcoming the Fear of Social Media Marketing

Anyone who has owned their own small business over the past few years has witnessed amazing changes taking place in marketing. Some feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of different social media platforms.  Others fear that getting involved with social media requires a big investment of learning and management time.

This course will cover:

  • Introduction to Social Media
  • Content promotion
  • Blogging for business
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Next steps

0.9 CEU

Cost: $120


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Jun 19

Jul 10

3 W 6:00 - 9:00pm Ed Andriessen
No class Jul 3

Strategies for Developing Effective Presentation Skills

Unstable economic times can mean fast and frequently unexpected organizational changes, greater responsibilities and new projects and initiatives. Being a confident, polished speaker is not only necessary but also well advised in order to communicate such matters effectively and persuasively. This five-session seminar offers presentation tips and strategies to help you develop your presentation skills and learn how to present your ideas with conviction, control, and poise—and without fear. Through in-class practice, gain the specific presentation skills and direction you need to become comfortable with your own style while receiving expert advice on how to handle especially challenging situations.

1.5 CEU

Cost: $280


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Jul 11

Aug 8

5 Th 6:30 - 9:30pm Jim O'Donnell

Leveraging Google for your Small Business

The World Wide Web is a vast place filled with billions of users, websites, and ideas. How can a business get noticed in such a crowded environment? Google is a big supporter of small to medium size businesses.  To “level the playing field” between large and small companies, Google has developed a suite of tools to help small businesses market their business effectively and at a very low (to no) cost

This course will cover:

  • Why is Google so important to local business?
  • How does the google search engine work?
  • An overview of Google tools for local business
  • Google My Business
  • GSuite for Business
  • Google Analytics
  • Google Adwords
  • Google Webmaster tools

1.2 CEU

Cost: $90


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Apr 30

May 9

4 Tu, Th 6:00 - 9:00pm Ed Andriessen
Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Jul 30

Aug 8

4 Tu, Th 6:00 - 9:00pm Ed Andriessen

Project Management Professional Certification® Prep and Review


The Project Management Institute’s PMP® credential is a leading industry-recognized certification for project managers. The PMI credential following your name tells current and potential employers that you have a solid foundation of project management knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace.

Benefit from the professional advantages derived from attaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) status if you are a:

  • Project manager, team leader, project coordinator
  • Team member seeking to learn the PMBOK® framework
  • Person looking to increase project management knowledge

This 35-hour course is designed to help you prepare for the PMP® exam while gaining the most understanding of project management with the least amount of study. Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.

3.5 CEU

Cost: $1082


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

May 29

Jul 17

14 M, W 6:30-9:00pm Sandeep Jasra

No class Jul 3

For more information on certifications, consult the Project Management website at

SHRM Body of Competency (SHRM BoCK)


Certification Preparation Course

Applies to the following certifications: SHRM CP (Certified Professional) and SHRM SCP (Senior Certified professional)

The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offer a comprehensive review of the major disciplines within the field of human resources in this certification prep course. Utilizing the SHRM Body of Competency and Knowledge, the course is designed to give human resource professionals new tools for successful performance on the job while helping to prepare them for the national examinations. Human Resource professionals seeking advancement in their career should strongly consider taking this course to prepare for higher-level certification. Prior to taking this course, it is important to review the SHRM CP and SHRM SCP eligibility requirements on the SHRM website:

The focus of the SHRM BoCK is on:

• People • Organization • Workplace • Strategy

SHRM will be held at the Center for Continuing Studies in Fall 2019. Please be sure to check out our website for upcoming dates and pricing. .

Instructors include: Ashley Buchalla, Loreta Sepulveda, Zee Dockery-Marsh, Priyanka Nema, Mike Miller, Apryl Roach

Community Association Manager


Introduction to Community Association Management: There are hundreds of thousands of communities’ associations in the United States, and many are in need of trained and qualified community managers. This course, The Essentials of Community Association Management (M-100), offered in conjunction with the Community Associations Institute (CAI), helps prepare and qualify people for the career of managing community associations (condominiums, homeowner associations, and coops). Sample topics include the roles and responsibilities of community managers, owners, committees, and the board; management ethics; preparing budgets; funding reserves; and managing sustainable and developing communities. Successful completion of the M-100 can be the first step toward earning the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) credential, awarded by CAMICB.

To register, visit or call 1-(888) 224-4321 (M-F, 9 am - 6 pm).

Cost for members: $459 | Cost for Non-members: $559


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor
Jun 27, 28, 29 3

Th, F, Sa

See below CAI Instructor

Thursday and Friday - Jun 27 & 28 - 9:00am - 5:00pm; 1 hour lunch

Saturday - Jun 29 - 9:00am - 12:00pm


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