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Business Planning

Business Planning is an applied certificate program that provides knowledge and skill development in preparing a comprehensive business plan for your own business. You will learn how to research your idea, analyze your idea’s potential, use your business plan to access financing and use your business plan as a business management guide. Each course you successfully complete is a credit toward SIAST’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Program.

The complete program is available through distance and/or continuing education course offerings. The program is available full-time at SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert. For complete program information, check the program page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and transfer credit may be options for receiving credit. For further information see the PLAR page or the transfer credit page.


Business Plan Preparation (BUS 155)

The course will help you prepare a business plan that combines your finalized marketing, operational, human resource and financial strategies with a mission statement and executive summary. You will develop a verbal presentation of your business plan and deliver in a simulated business environment.

Prerequisites: Financial Strategy


Fee: $444
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-778January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 10
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Financial Strategy (FIN 151)

The course describes financial projections focusing on the projected cash flow statement and projected income and expense statements and uses this information to determine the breakeven point and return on investment. The course will combine these financial projections with financing information determined in FIN 146 to develop a financial strategy for your business.

Prerequisites: Operational Strategy


Fee: $573
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-780January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 10
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Online

Human Resource Strategy (HR 145)

You will identify human resource requirements for a small business, including creating job descriptions, hiring staff and managing performance. You will also examine the issues of compensation, discipline, training plan development and labour standards. You will select a professional support team and prepare a resume for inclusion in your business plan. You will prepare a complete human resources strategy for your proposed business.

Prerequisites: Operational Strategy, (concurrent)  


Fee: $321
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-781January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 24
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Market Research 1 (MKTG 164)

You will learn how to conduct primary and secondary marketing research. You will learn how to describe the product, competition, industry, and supplier network for your business.

Fee: $467 (Wascana), 45 hours/15 weeks, $444.02 (Online) Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-783January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 10
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Online

Market Research 2 (MKTG 165)

You will examine the target market of your business, and how to communicate with them through traditional and electronic means. You will describe the target market, and prepare a promotional plan for your business.

Fee: $467 (Wascana), 45 hours/15 weeks, $444.02 (Online) Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-784January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 10
Register online, by mail or in Regina
Online

Marketing Strategy (MKTG 166)

Your studies will focus on methods to assist you to determine market potential and market share. The course will combine market potential and market share information with marketing research from MKTG 153 and the marketing mix described in MKTG 154 to create a marketing strategy for your business.

Prerequisites: , Marketing Strategy


Fee: $189
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-785January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
No midterm exam
Registration deadline Feb 10
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Online

Operational Strategy (BUS 154)

The course describes the operations of a small business. Your studies will include the following topics: selecting a location, planning an efficient layout, describing the licensing and regulatory requirements, choosing a business name, determining hours of operation, determining fixed asset requirements, managing inventory, locating suppliers, investigating insurance and estimating start-up costs. Course content and learning activities will help you develop an operational strategy for your business.

Register through SIAST Woodland Campus.

Prerequisites: Human Resource Strategy, Marketing Strategy, (concurrent)


Fee: $444
CRNStart DateLocation
CRN: 03-777January 6, 2014 - April 25, 2014
Registration deadline Feb 10
Register Now
Online

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