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Business & Entrepreneurship

You have ideas, but how do you bring them to life? This sector of programs ignites your business mind whether you want to work for yourself, or someone else. Learn across a variety of professional disciplines, including marketing a product or service, managing payroll, designing a website, and running an office of employees. As the fifth-largest economy in the world, California will help keep your business booming.

Career paths & salary info (Median yearly salary)

  • Sales Representatives, Services $50,139
  • Business Operations Specialists $36,442
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers $48,714
  • Customer Service Representatives $36,442
  • Purchasing Agents $70,345

SAMPLE OF LOCAL EMPLOYERS

  • Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
  • Economic Development Councils
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • CONNECT San Diego
  • Women’s Business Center of California

Did you know?

  • 95% of San Diego County’s employers have less than 50 employees. Small employers are prone to hire through personal or professional networks and word-of-mouth marketing.
  • Entrepreneurs reported the following skills to be most useful when starting a business: social media, marketing, accounting, Information Technology (IT), and employee recruiting.
  • Business owners ranked previous work experience, critical thinking and problem solving to be the most important traits for new hires.
  • More than 1,800 San Diego-Imperial community college students who exited a Business and Entrepreneurship program experienced a 37% increase in earnings.
Source: San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research & Cal-PASS Plus LaunchBoard

Programs & Schools

Imperial Valley College

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  • Agriculture Business Management
  • Business Accounting
  • Accounting Technician
  • Business Administrative Assistant
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Computer Networking
  • Business Office Technician
  • Retail Management
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MiraCosta College

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  • Accounting
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Administration for Transfer
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Worker (BIW)
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Business Productivity Software Applications
  • Business Productivity Software Applications Essentials
  • Business Quick Startup
  • Computerized Accounting Applications
  • Employability Skills *
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Fundamentals
  • Hospitality Management
  • Income Tax Preparer
  • Income Tax Professional
  • Internet and E-Commerce
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Meeting and Event Management
  • Nursery/Horticulture Crop Production
  • Payroll Professional
  • Project Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Retail Assistant
  • Retail Management
  • Rooms Division Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media for Business
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • * Designates noncredit classes
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Palomar College

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  • Accounting
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Merchandising
  • Business: General
  • Business Management
  • Child and Family Services
  • Child Development Early Childhood Administration
  • Drone Applications and Technologies
  • E-Marketing
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • International Trade
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Military Leadership Apprenticeship Program
  • Project Management *
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate Appraisal License Preparation
  • Real Estate Broker License Preparation
  • Real Estate Salesperson License Preparation
  • Retail Management
  • Visual Merchandising
  • * Designates noncredit classes
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San Diego City College

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  • Accounting
  • Accounting - Bookkkeeping for a Small Business
  • Accounting - Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Preparatory Program
  • Accounting - Recordkeeping for a Small Business
  • Accounting - Tax Preparer
  • Accounting - VITA Tax Preparation Tranning
  • Business Studies - Business Administration
  • Business Studies - Business Communications and Cultural Competence
  • Business Studies - Business Operations - Cannabis Dispensary
  • Business Studies - Business Presentations
  • Business Studies - Customer Relationship Management
  • Business Studies - Job Skills
  • Business Studies - Management and Team Building
  • Business Studies - Small Business Management Entrepreneur
  • Business Studies - Sports Management
  • Business Studies - Starting and Managing a Small Business
  • Business Studies - Working Education
  • Business Studies - Writing and Computational Skills for Business
  • Cosmetology
  • Cosmetology - Nail Technician
  • Cosmetology - Esthetician
  • Cosmetology - Esthetician Business Administration
  • Labor Studies - History and Politics of America Labor
  • Labor Studies - Labor Studies
  • Retail Management
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Small Business Management
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San Diego Mesa College

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  • Accounting
  • Accounting: Governmental/Nonprofit
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Fashion: Computer Technology - Design
  • Fashion: Computer Technology - Merchandising
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship
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San Diego Miramar College

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  • Accountancy
  • Accountancy for Enrolled Agents
  • Accounting Bookkeeping
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Aviation Business Administration
  • Aviation Operations Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Continuing Education for CPA Candidates
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Services
  • Independent Business Ownership
  • Legal Secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Personal Training
  • Team Resource Management (Aviation)
  • Yoga Teacher
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Southwestern College

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  • Accounting
  • Administrative Office Assistant - Bilingual - Intensive Training
  • Architecture
  • Architecture Technology
  • Bookkeeping/Payroll Specialist
  • Bookkeeping Technician
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Customer Service: Mastering Communication *
  • Customer Service: Managing Change *
  • Customer Service: Time and Stress Management *
  • Community, Econ and Urban Development
  • Community, Economic, and Urban Development - Basic
  • Community, Econ and Urban Development-Intermediate
  • Cyber-Forensic
  • Developing High-Performance Charts in Microsoft Excel *
  • E-Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Entrepreneurship Education: Landscape Construction Emphasis
  • Entrepreneurship Education : Recording Arts Emphasis
  • Entrepreneurship Education: Event/Convention Planning Emphasis
  • Entrepreneurship Education: AutomotiveTechnology Emphasis
  • Entrepreneurship Education: Web Design
  • Finance
  • Financial and Investment Services Speciality
  • Financial Services
  • Introduction to Computers *
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word *
  • Insurance
  • Insurance - Basic
  • Insurance - Advanced
  • International Business
  • International Business Emphasis
  • International Business - Basic
  • International Business - Intermediate
  • Introduction to Drone Technology and Applications *
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Leadership and Supervision - Basic
  • Leadership and Supervision - Intermediate
  • Legal Interpretation - Basic (Engl/Span)
  • Legal Interpretation and Trans - Intermediate (Eng/Span)
  • Legal Office Assistant - Bilingual - Intensive Training
  • Legal Office Management
  • Legal Office Management - Basic
  • Legal Office Management - Intermediate
  • Legal Office Prof - Bilingual: Civil Litigation Specialty
  • Legal Office Prof - Bilingual: Criminal Law Speciality
  • Legal Office Professional - Bilingual: Family Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Prof - Bilingual: Immigration Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional - Bilingual: Int'l Business Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Prof - Bilingual: Wills, Trusts, & Estates Specialty
  • Legal Office Prof: International Bus. Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Prof: Wills, Trusts, and Estates Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional
  • Legal Office Professional - Bilingual (Eng/Span)
  • Legal Office Professional - Bilingual (Eng/Span) - Basic
  • Legal Office Professional: Business Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional: Civil Litigation Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional: Criminal Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional: Family Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional: Immigration Law Specialty
  • Legal Office Professional: Wills, Trust, and Estates Specialty
  • Management
  • Management - Basic
  • Marketing
  • Marketing - CP
  • Marketing - CT
  • Micro Technician Bookkeeper
  • Office Information Systems Prof - Bilingual - Basic
  • Office Information Systems Prof - Bilingual - Advanced
  • Office Information Systems Professional
  • Office Information Systems Professional - Basic
  • Office Information Systems Professional - Advanced
  • Office Information Systems Professional - Bilingual
  • OIS: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Advanced
  • OIS: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) - Basic
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Paralegal Studies: Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Real Estate
  • Remote Pilot Ground School *
  • Tax Preparation/Income Tax I *
  • Tax Preparation/Income Tax II *
  • Virtual Business Office Professional
  • Virtual Business Office Support Professional
  • Virtual Business Professional
  • * Designates noncredit classes
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student success story

Student Story: Krupa Karia

Krupa always wanted to start her own fashion brand. But after getting married, having a child, and moving to the US from India, Krupa put her aspirations aside. She decided to reignite her dreams and get career education in sewing and clothing construction. Now, Krupa has begun selling her original designs at farmers’ markets and on Etsy. Watch now to get inspired by Krupa’s can-do attitude.

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