Be The Boss Online Course (Entrepreneurial Course)

In the Be the Boss - Starting Your Own Business course, you will be guided through a series of five modules that cover the key functional areas of owning a business. At the end of the course, you will be able to apply your newly acquired knowledge through the generation of your own Business Plan. The five course modules include: Getting Started (Intro to Entrepreneurship), Legal Considerations, Financial Considerations, Marketing Your Business, and Developing a Business Plan. The business plan templates available in Module 5 include an editable document for writing a business plan and an editable workbook for estimating Profit and Loss, a Balance Sheet, a Cash Flow Statement and other financial questions. These documents are available separately in this course submission. Following the completion of this course, there is a companion capstone course - Introduction to the Energy Business, available in a separate submission (
Primary Material Type:
Online Course
Other Material Types:
Online Course
Montgomery County Community College
Project Name:
Entrepreneurial Course
Starting a Business, Small Business Plan, Entrepreneurship, Legal Structure of Small Businesses, Financial Management, Tax Planning and Payment, Marketing and Promotion, Labor Laws, Licensing and Permits, Insurance and Liability

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Brookwood Media Arts produced the instructional design and website for the course.
Industry Sector:
Management of Companies and Enterprises (55)
All Occupations (00-0000)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (52)
Credit Type:
  • Non-Credit
Credential Type:
  • Certificate
  • Credential
  • Stacked/Latticed Credential Model
  • Associate Degree
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
  • 2nd Year Community College or equivalent
Time Required:
Highly dependent on a person's background
English (United States)
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Note:
Subject matter experts from Montgomery County Community College’s Department of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives developed the outline for the Start Your Own Business (Entrepreneurial) course. Using the Small Business Association’s entrepreneurial course as a model for learning, the College added a contextual framework for student interaction and knowledge assessments. Both internal and external instructional designers and stakeholders where involved in five formal evaluations of the course.
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • Expertise of Project's Instructional Designers
Course Note:
Be The Boss (Starting Your Own Business Online Course)


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