Finance is a key to entrepreneurial success. The lack of financial knowledge about business and business start-ups is also and one of the leading causes of failure for entrepreneurial ventures.
As an entrepreneur, you have limited time, and you certainly have limited resources.  So knowing where to put your valuable time, and your limited resources, is critical to the success of your new venture.
You will start by gaining a deeper knowledge of the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses. You will take back practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and entrepreneurial success.  And you will get an understanding of the seven steps in the accounting cycle and how to use financial information in decision making. You will come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance.
Then discover the keys to managing cash. Cash is arguably the most important factor in new business success. D&B reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow. As an entrepreneur, you will find out how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success.
Finally, you will explore potential debt and equity sources of funds to help support your entrepreneurial work and create a financially successful venture. Find out where business start-up money comes from, and ways to get it.
After successfully completing the Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge about entrepreneurial finance, and how to maximize the chances of success and minimize the risks for your new venture.

 

Three one-month online courses; Sharon deFonteny and Jodie Trana instructors
 
 
Individual Courses
 
Accounting and Finance for Non-Accounting Managers
Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career. Get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance.

 
Cash is King
Cash is arguably the most important factor in business success. D&B reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow—more money gets paid out than collected. It is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success.
  
Funding Your Business
What does it take to have a financially feasible business? The short answer is Money! But, where does this money come from? Come explore your business’s financial feasibility in three areas—start-up or expansion, profits, and cash. Then, you will explore potential debt and equity sources of funds to help support these areas and create a financially successful venture.
 

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

DiscussionDiscussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):

Accounting and Finance for Non Financial Managers
September 5 - 29

Cash is King
October 2 - 27

Funding Your Business
November 6 - December 1

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$495.00 USD

$495 USD

Ave. hours 48, 4.8 CEUs/ILUs


About your instructors 
 
 
Sharon deFonteny has a degree in Business Education with a concentration in Accounting, and  spent many years in Corporate America working in Accounting and Finance.   For the past 5 years she has created and taught online Business courses for Bucks County Community College.  Her experience in business, as well as experience in teaching, has allowed her to help people understand the Accounting and Finance process.  
 

 

Jodie Trana has had a career in business consulting and financial management. She then started a consulting and training organization offering educational consulting services to organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship. Jodie contributed the financial chapters for Kauffman’s textbooks and managed the curriculum design and facilitation process for their entrepreneurship educational programs. Her content specialties include accounting, financial analysis, business planning, cash flow analysis, and funding request analysis. Her background includes business and financial management in consulting, construction, non-profit, healthcare, and retail industries.
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