Small Business Management


YCCC’s Small Business Management Certificate is designed to meet the needs of people seeking a career running a small business.

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  • Estimated certificate completion time

    2 semesters, 18 credits

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The courses represent the basic business courses to understand the general environment of business, accounting, information technology, marketing, law and general management principles. This program is designed to establish a foundation for creating, running and growing a small business.

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Small businesses in Maine employ slightly more than 50% of the private sector workforce and account for 96.9% of state employers (SUSB, 2012). Small firms also had a higher percentage of employees whose highest degree was a high school diploma (52.2% of workforce or 34.9 million people; Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2000). This degree helps students prepare for jobs in an organizational environment as worker/supervisor/manager; in a small business or non-profit environment. This certificate is ideally suited for people in transition into the workforce in entry level and first time supervisory/managerial positions.

Meet the Faculty

  • Stephen Paulone

    Stephen Paulone

    Faculty Business & Accounting

    Dr. Paulone has over twenty-five years of experience in manufacturing, marketing and finance, and has held such positions as marketing manager, manager of new product development, marketing program manager, director of marketing and finance director. He even had his own business as a consultant in business structure, business and market analysis and customer acquisition and retention. He has taught full time and part time for almost 20 years. Prior to coming to YCCC, he had extensive educational experience as a faculty member, director of graduate business programs and educational consultant. While in the corporate world, he had created the first electronic catalog in the bearing industry, created the first website for a Fortune 100 company, led the effort on new product development of over $1 billion of projects, created the concept through production process for several divisions of a major corporation, consulted in financial services software for the surety insurance industry, and helped lead the first e business and services venture for a major manufacturing company. He has also served on committees for the State of Connecticut and Waterbury Chamber of Commerce in the area of economic development. Dr. Paulone holds a Doctorate in Financial Management from Northcentral University. He received his MBA, concentration in marketing, and MS, concentration in Finance, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University. He currently makes his home in Kennebunk with his wife Suzanne. They have two children and six grandchildren who all love to visit Maine and enjoy the great lifestyle of the region.

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