Small Business Essay

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Small Business/Entrepreneurship Management
MGNT 4260 (CRN 8454)
Fall 2011

Instructor: Dr. Heshizer
Office: BHP 209
Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:45-11AM and 12:15-2:30; and at other times by appointment
Phone 931-2087
Radar email:

Course Information

Course Description
An introduction to the world of small business including entrepreneurship and the principles of successful small business management. The course covers the entire range of decision areas encountered by the small business manager, including starting considerations, government regulations and assistance, and effective control systems. Small business management is a multidisciplinary course that utilizes accounting, finance, marketing and management subjects. Prerequisite: MGNT 3600.

Required Text
Scarborough, N. M., Wilson, D.L. & Zimmerer, T. W. (2009). Effective small business management (9th Ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
ISBN: 0136154573
Textbook Companion Website:

Course Learning Objectives:
Students will acquire:
• an understanding of the various forms of business organization;
• an understanding of the characteristics of small business and how they differ from large firms;
• an understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial characteristics
• an understanding of the factors to be considered when initiating a small business and the planning and procedural requirements associated with such an enterprise;
• a working knowledge of the financial control processes available to help small businesses be successful;
• the ability to apply financial control processes to small business scenarios;
• an understanding of how to write and evaluate a small business plan;
• an understanding of the skills and knowledge necessary to function as a manager in a small business environment.

Prerequisite: Principles of Management, MGNT 3600

The university registrar to fulfill federal guidelines requires faculty to report attendance in all classes at the start of the semester. You will be counted as in the class if you attend class on August 16th or 18th . If you do not attend class either of these days you must post an entry under the Discussion topic Post Here on the course Vista site by August 21 to be reported as in the course. The attendance report must be submitted by the instructor to the registrar by 8am August 24th.
GSW ATTENDANCE POLICY [Required on all GSW syllabi]
Attendance and participation in learning activities are important functions when taking a college course. The university’s position on absenteeism is as follows: Students are expected to attend all classes. If an absence is necessary, the student is responsible for reporting the reason to the instructor; in such cases, each instructor will take whatever action he or she deems necessary. Faculty members will make their absence policies clear to the students enrolled in their classes in writing and within the first week of the semester.
Penalties for excessive absences in each course are set at the beginning of each semester by the faculty member teaching that course. Students with excessive absences in a class may receive a grade of F for the course. Source: PROFESSOR’S ATTENDANCE POLICY:

I adhere to the attendance practices listed below that 1) enable me to fulfill the attendance reporting information I am required to provide the registrar and 2) conform to GSW’s general class attendance policy. These are the policies I have in place for this class.

1 To conform to the registrar’s order for attendance information the class roll will be taken each class meeting for the first week of class.

2 After the first week attendance will be taken periodically for the rest of the semester.

3 If a student is repeatedly coming late to class, I will ask the student to explain why the student