Business - Entrepreneurship

Program: ENTC
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2019
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:

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

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Work Term: Summer 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Sem 4: Winter 2021


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)

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 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
1 Program Option Course
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

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.

Program Tracking 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
ACCT 1000 Financial Accounting Principles 1 42
BUSI 1001 Introduction to Organizational Behaviour 42
ENTR 1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 42
MATH 1002 Mathematics of Finance 42
MKTG 1000 Introduction to Marketing 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1003 Microcomputer Applications 42
ENTR 1003 Entrepreneurship Opportunity Analysis 42
LAWS 1011 Entrepreneurship Legal Issues 42
MKTG 1001 Planning the Marketing Strategy 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
BUSI 2015 E-Commerce 42
ENTR 2002 Media Strategies for Entrepreneurs 42
ENTR 2015 Business Planning and Pitching the Plan 42
ENTR 2016 Speaker's Corner 42
FNCE 2012 Financing a Small Business 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ENTR 2003 Small Business Operations 42
ENTR 2004 Innovation and Creativity in Entrepreneurial Practice 42
MGMT 2000 Production and Operations Management 42
MGMT 2001 Principles of Management 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Program Option Course  
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1008
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1045 Business - Entrepreneurship Co-op Work Term (occurs after Semester 2) 560
 Total Hours560
Program option courses 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 2005Aboriginal Small Business Management
ENTR 2006Managing the Family Owned/Operated Business
ENTR 2007Intrapreneurship
ENTR 2008Management of Not-for-Profits and NGOs
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

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

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.  

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