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


  • 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

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Mangement
  • Office Technician
  • Cisco CCNA Discovery

MiraCosta College

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Income Tax Professional
  • Business Fundamentals
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Fundamentals
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Retail Assistant
  • Retail Management
  • Social Media for Business
  • Administrative Professional
  • Office Assistant
  • Business Information Worker (BIW)
  • Business Productivity Software Applications
  • Computer Applications User
  • Internet and E-Commerce
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Nursery/Horticulture Crop Production
  • Viticulture and Enology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Meeting and Event Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Business of Music

Palomar College

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Business Management
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Merchandising
  • Business: General
  • E-Marketing
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Retail Management
  • Child and Family Services
  • Early Childhood Administration
  • Early Inclusion Teacher
  • Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Public Relations
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Fashion: Buying and Management
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Interior Design
  • Real Estate Appraisal License Preparation
  • Real Estate Broker License Preparation
  • Real Estate Salesperson License Preparation

San Diego City College

  • Real Estate
  • Retail Management
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Small Business Management

San Diego Mesa College

  • Accounting
  • Accounting: Governmental/Nonprofit
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Retail Management
  • Real Estate

San Diego Miramar College

  • Accountancy
  • Accounting Bookkeeping
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Aviation Business Administration
  • Aviation Operations Management
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Services
  • Paralegal
  • Team Resource Management (Aviation)

Southwestern College

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Architecture Technology
  • Architecture Technology - Advanced
  • Automotive Technology Emphasis
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Child Development
  • Child Development Teacher
  • Child Development Teacher Permit
  • Community, Econ and Urban Development
  • Community, Econ and Urban Development-Intermediate
  • Culinary Arts
  • Ebusiness
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Entrepreneurship: Landscape Construction Emphasis
  • Entrepreneurship: Recording Arts Emphasis
  • Event and Convention Planning
  • Family Studies
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate: Salesperson License
  • Southwest Regional Apprenticeship Program (SWRAP)
  • Travel and Tourism

Want to know more? Find the college and program that fuels your success.


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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