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Certificate in the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship


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Attend a FREE Information Session, and Get a 10% Discount on the Entrepreneurship Certificate!

($8 to park at CSUDH)

 Spring 2018 Info Session

CSUDH Extended Education
Auditorium - EE-1213

Registration: CRN: TBA
Course No. NBGB 900-01

 Fall 2017 Info Session
Thursday, 09/14/17 @ 6:00pm

CSUDH Beach Cities Health District - Redondo Room
Registration: CRN: 43173
Course No. NBGB 901-81

Call 310-243-3741 to Register!

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The Certificate

You can learn Entrepreneurship. In this modular certificate course, students will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Students will gain knowledge and skills to assist themselves in the development of a start-up OR an existing business. The cornerstones of the program are learning, applying, engaging, and inspiring.

The certificate is offered jointly by theInnovation Incubator and CSUDH College of Extended and International Education (CEIE), and is available to the general public. Participants will receive inspiration from successful, practicing Incubator mentor entrepreneurs and existing California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) faculty members who are passionate about teaching and mentoring.

Who Should Attend

The best prospective students is anyone who ever had the American Dream. Who wanted to start their own business or GROW their existing business, but lacked the management know how. All entrepreneurs welcome, from Gen Z to Baby Boomers, from Social and Serial entrepreneurs, from Lifestyle or Next Big Thing entrepreneurs, plus innovative and even disruptive entrepreneurs… all are welcome.

What You Will Learn

Participants will learn about six fundamentals of entrepreneurship:

  1. Importance of Planning and Strategy Formulation
  2. Effective Ethical Leadership
  3. HRM Planning for Entrepreneurs
  4. Financial Tools for Entrepreneurs
  5. Pitching the Deal to Investors
  6. 24 Steps & Social Media Marketing

Participants will also learn to apply the learning of the six fundamentals by writing and presenting to their classmates and to a mock Angel investor team made up of TII representatives for their final capstone class.

This eight-week course will be presented in a hybrid format: students will attend five on-campus sessions, and participate in on-line class sessions using the CSUDH BlackBoard Learning Management System (LMS). Students are required to complete the on-line readings and exercises. Students will also be required to participate by posting responses to instructor's questions and participating in class discussions utilizing the discussion board. See Class Schedule for specific meeting dates and times. The course week will begin on Mondays, 12am and end on Sundays, 11:59pm. Blackboard tutorials are available at the following website: http://www4.csudh.edu/it/services/blackboard/tutorials-students/


Gary PolkGary Lynn Polk, Sr.

Interim Executive Director & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation Incubator at CSUDH

Connect with Mr. Polk:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-lynn-polk-sr-6657179 ►
E-mail: gpolk@csudh.edu

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Certificate Requirements

To complete the Program and earn the certificate, students must:

  1. Complete all eight modules
  2. Develop and present a pitch deck of your business plan (capstone project)
  3. Attend every class “ground” (on-campus) session (5 total)
  4. Participate every week “online” (8 total weeks)

Class Schedule

In-Person meetings: Thursdays (see schedule below). Classes taught in Fall 2017 at Beach Cities Health Center, Redondo Beach, CA.

 Fall 2017: 09/28/18 - 11/16/17

Course number: BPX 900-81 | Course registration number: 43256  | 4.4 CEUs | $800.00

Free Info Session: Thursday, 09/14/17 @ 6pm
Beach Cities Redondo Room | CRN: 43173 | NBGB 901-81

Thursday09/28/176pm10pmBCHC L8
Thursday10/05/176pm10pmBCHC L8
Thursday10/19/176pm10pmBCHC L8
Thursday11/02/176pm10pmBCHC L8
Thursday11/16/176pm10pmBCHC L8

* Schedule subject to change | Updated 9/13/17 | Schedule Search

Course Fees


  Out of work and need training? This program is approved for funding through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.
Visit the America's Job Center website for more information.


  • Required Course Textbook:

    “Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Start-Up” Aulet, Bill, Wiley 2014

  • Suggested Course Textbook:

    “The E-Myth, Revisited” by Michael E. Gerber, Harper Business, 2004

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Student Resources

Entrepreneurship Institute at CSUDH ►


California State University, Dominguez Hills hybrid and online classes are convenient for people who live or work anywhere, including Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Lomita, Harbor City, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Gardena, Westchester, Ladera Heights, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood, Wilmington, and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process.
When you're ready to register, call 310-243-3741.

For more information:

learn@csudh.edu or 310-243-2075

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