Introducing: Penn Foster’s Small Business Management Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Small Business Management Career Diploma Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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If you're someone who likes to be in charge or you've dreamt of becoming your own boss, our online Small Business Management Career Diploma can help you take the next steps toward the career you want. Through flexible online classes, you can learn how to start and manage a successful small business from home.


Be Your Own Boss

If you've always wanted to run your own business, our online Small Business Management Career Diploma can make that dream a reality. Learn the ropes of starting and running a successful small business through flexible online classes, right from your home.

Get ready to kickstart or manage your own business, whether it's in retail or services. Learn vital skills like crafting a business plan, marketing strategies, and managing finances. Study at your own pace with our flexible online programs, fitting your coursework around your schedule.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Small Business Management Career Diploma Program

  • How to develop and draft a business plan according to a five-part comprehensive structure.
  • How to establish an effective marketing strategy that includes an advertising platform and a public relations campaign.
  • How to understand the range of legal regulations that affect starting a new business including licenses, zoning approvals, and basic tax knowledge, and apply these to a business plan.
  • How to hire and keep the right employees, including strategies to manage a team.

Penn Foster’s Online Small Business Management Career Diploma Program

In our Small Business Management Career Diploma Program, you'll learn the fundamental skills and knowledge that can help you prepare to start your own business. Your online coursework includes:

  • Market Research
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Financing Your Business
  • Keeping Business Records
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Small Business Management Career Diploma Program FAQs

What is small business management? 

Small business management is a term for the set of skills you may need to successfully start or manage a business. Usually, a small business is classified as a privately owned corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship that has less than five hundred employees. Businesses are defined as "small" in terms of being able to apply for government support and qualify for preferential tax policy depending on the country and industry.

What types of businesses can I start after taking this course? 

After completing your small business courses, you'll have the foundational skills to run a successful business in a variety of industries. Depending on your interests and what you want to do, you can start a retail business, look into becoming a franchise owner, and more.

What will I learn in the small business management program? 

In Penn Foster's accredited online Small Business Management Program, you'll cover fundamental business topics related to becoming your own boss. The program will teach you how to find the right sources to finance your business, market your products or service, and write an effective business plan.

How do I know if the Penn Foster Small Business Career Diploma is right for me? 

If you're someone who wants to be an independent leader, has a knack for entrepreneurship and wants to be your own boss, the small business management classes could help you build the skills and knowledge that can get you started. Since the program is completely online, it can be right for students who have busy schedules and need flexible classes. Our programs are self-paced with no exam due dates, so you can start and finish when you're ready. Even better, you can do it all from home!

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.