Business - Entrepreneurship

Program: BENT
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This program is intended for students who wish to develop a strong educational and experiential base in business. Students acquire skills in acquisitions analysis, market research, selling, networking, financial analysis and planning, various computer applications and systems, social entrepreneurship development, human resource planning and management. Students also develop skills to integrate the whole area of business principles and practices in order to successfully operate and manage a business.

This program is particularly appropriate for students whose goal is to enter a family business, start their own business, or enter employment in a small business. One of the key experiential outcomes is the research, development and presentation of a complete business plan for a new enterprise.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are endless for entrepreneurs. However, if students decide to start off on a more traditional career path with a foundation in entrepreneurship, they are also prepared for key positions in private, public, or not-for-profit organizations. Potential roles include business owner, business operator, department supervisor, or business venture analyst.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • establish and manage a small business, including both family owned enterprises and franchises;
  • ensure the preparation of tax forms and other legal documentation required in the management of a small business;
  • apply bookkeeping and record-keeping procedures for a small business;
  • apply credit management techniques both in acquisition and disbursement of various forms of credit;
  • prepare sales forecasts and financial plans which are necessary to ensure the financial success of a small business;
  • conduct marketing surveys, prepare promotional and advertising materials appropriate to a small business;
  • develop merchandising and distribution strategies for small businesses;
  • employ effective selling and consumer service techniques in the small business environment;
  • apply hiring procedures which reflect labour laws, minimum wage and human rights legislation within a small business environment;
  • operate a microcomputer and use business-related software;
  • utilize environmentally sustainable practices.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

18 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
1 Optional Course
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
ACCT 1000Financial Accounting Principles 1
BUSI 1001Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
BUSI 2015E-Commerce
COMP 1003Microcomputer Applications
ENTR 1002Introduction to Entrepreneurship
ENTR 1003Entrepreneurship Opportunity Analysis
ENTR 2002Media Strategies for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 2003Small Business Operations
ENTR 2004Innovation and Creativity in Entrepreneurial Practice
ENTR 2015Business Planning and Pitching the Plan
ENTR 2016Speaker's Corner
FNCE 2012Financing a Small Business
LAWS 1011Entrepreneurship Legal Issues
MATH 1002Mathematics of Finance
MGMT 2000Production and Operations Management
MGMT 2001Principles of Management
MKTG 1000Introduction to Marketing
MKTG 1001Planning the Marketing Strategy
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Optional Courses
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Program options may include:
ACCT 1002Computerized Accounting
BUSI 1002Consumer Behaviour
BUSI 2011International Business
BUSI 2024International Experience
BUSI 3006Investments
ECON 1000Microeconomics
ECON 2000Macroeconomics
ENTR 1000Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR 1001Student Teams for Entrepreneurship Projects
ENTR 2006Managing the Family Owned/Operated Business
HURM 1000Human Resources Management Foundations
HURM 1007Recruitment and Selection
MGMT 1000Retail Management
MGMT 2002Project Management
MGMT 2012Introduction to Project Management
MGMT 2023Aboriginal Small Business Management
MKTG 1003Personal Selling
MKTG 2011International Marketing
REAS 2002Foundations in Canadian Business Research

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.