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Are you a small business owner who wants to take it to the next level?

AACC's Small Business Management program helps existing business owners make their businesses more successful. You’ll choose from a large range of courses, including marketing, finance, accounting, operations, management, leadership and more. You will intern with and learn in the classroom from former and existing small business owners. You’ll also have the full range of resources of our Entrepreneurial Studies Institute available to you.

Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found on this website. You can also learn more about transferring from AACC to continue your education.

Small Business Management, Business Management, A.A.S.

You’ll acquire the tools you need to help your business go to the next level. You’ll gain a solid understanding of general small business management principles, with the ability to tailor your studies according to your own needs. 


Credit Certificate

The following certificate prepares students for employment and feeds into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.

Small Business Management, Business Management

You’ll gain the skills necessary to lead a small business in the ever-changing 21st-century economy. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of small business management and business communications, with the ability to focus your studies according to your specific needs.


Retail Management

You'll learn the various functions of running a retail store, which includes sales and customer service, accounting, supervision of employees and use of the latest business software.


Interested in Transfer?

If you're interested in earning a four-year degree or higher in accounting, business, economics or entrepreneurship, you may wish to consider the following Associate of Science (A.S.) in Business Administration. This degree will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose - career or transfer - we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your individual education goals.

Business Administration Transfer, A.S.

You’ll gain a rich background in core business skills, such as accounting, statistics and business law. You’ll also complete common general education requirements such as English, math and science, so you are well prepared to transfer to a four-year college.

Business Administration Transfer (A.S.)

What can you do with a degree in Small Business Management?

Our graduates are well prepared to make their existing businesses more prosperous, and some also become small business consultants. And with AACC’s four-year transfer agreements with dozens of top colleges and universities in Maryland and beyond, a degree has never been a better investment!

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.

Related Studies

If Small Business Management sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these is a better fit.