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Small Business Administration: Managing

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The world of business can be a difficult one, particularly for those entering the business world as owners or managers of a small business. Fortunately, there are a number of resources online that can ease this transition. The United States Small Business Administration has created this resource that is designed to give business owners a basic overview of how to manage, market, and lead their business. The site is divided into several discrete sections, including Management for Growth; Leadership and Marketing & Sales. Within each section, visitors can read essays that address such topics as the management of employees, buying a franchise, equity financing, and strategic planning. One of the highlights here is a free online growth strategies course. The site is rounded out by an area that provides information about some of the Administration special initiatives designed to help women, minorities, and veterans.

Material Type: Full Course

Basics of Accounting

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This course introduces the viewer to the most important principles in accounting. This course is also designed for corporate or legal professionals to be able to better work with corporate accounting departments. This course starts with explanations of the basic financial accounting documents: the balance sheet, the income statement and other financial statements. We’ll go over basic bookkeeping rules and where various information is entered and kept. Modules two through four cover the accounting process. We’ll discuss the concepts of recognition and matching, accrual and deferral of revenue and what constitutes current assets. We’ll also discuss inventory and the “LIFO,” “FIFO” and just-in-time methods to track inventory. We’ll also look at the concept of depreciation, mainly relevant for income and capital gains taxation, and the various depreciation methods and rules. We’ll also look at how to account for intangible assets, securities, debt instruments, leases and capital accounts. In module five, we’ll turn to the principles of accounting. We’ll discuss the “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” and how they are formed and work. We’ll also discuss auditing and the principles that govern that pursuit. We’ll also look at responsibility for financial statements, gray areas and some sample cases where questions of liability for false or misleading financial statements went to the courts. In our last module, we’ll focus on the quantitative tools that are used in valuations. We’ll look at many different types of ratio analyses and their rules and uses. We’ll look at myriads of ways to measure profitability and performance. Then, we’ll discuss the time value of money and its impact on accounting. Finally, we’ll wind up the course by discussing different ways to value a company.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture, Lesson

Author: Stephen Haas

Financial Management for Small Businesses: Financial Statements & Present Value Models

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This book is for those whose financial management focus is on small businesses. For you, we adapt the traditional financial management themes emphasized in corporate financial management courses to meet the needs of small businesses. Many financial managers of small businesses come from farms or agribusinesses. Others are interested in working for or starting businesses in the food or retail sectors. In most cases, these businesses aren’t organized as C-corporations impacting things like taxes, depreciation, and legal requirements around compiling and reporting financial data. They are rarely publicly traded which creates unique constraints to raising debt and equity capital and calculating required risk-adjusted returns.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: J. Roy Black, Lindon J. Robinson, Steven Hanson

BA 101B - Business Analytics

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Second course in a two-course sequence. Introduces and applies technical skills around beginning and managing a small business, including spreadsheets and the use of charts and graphs. Includes reflection and discussion of the application of concepts to a real-world example. Requires teamwork and collaboration to be exercised in completing a group project. Covers application of financial, legal, and administrative procedures in running a business. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Represent business models in spreadsheets including preparation of charts and graphs. Apply key business activities and the primary concepts and terms associated with these activities. Manage a business interacting with the external environment (through a simulation) and describe how this interaction impacts both business and the external environment. Implement the financial, legal, and administrative procedures involved in starting new business ventures. Identify ethical issues facing businesses. Effectively collaborate with team members and communicate professionally.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Mindy Bean

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of any modern economy - everyday, entrepreneurs around the world are starting their own business. This free online course from The E-Learning Network (TELNET) examines how entrepreneurs can surmount obstacles and also examines how business ideas can be developed and habits an entrepreneur must adopt to be a success. Upon completion of this course you will develop an understanding of obstacles entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them. You will gain a good knowledge of the development process and the planning process involved in the launch of a new product. You will have a good understanding of the business ecosystem and a knowledge of successful entrepreneurial habits. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about entrepreneurship or who may be thinking about starting their own business.

Material Type: Module

Author: ROI Africa E-Learning Network

Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

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This book is suited for the Entrepreneurship or Innovation course with an emphasis on Sustainability or for a course devoted entirely to Sustainability. What are the trends and forces underlying the changing character of the business-environment relationship? How they are creating significant entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals and companies? Around the world, the movement toward “sustainable development” has caused many firms to adopt policies and practices that reflect what is sometimes called a “sustainable business” or “triple bottom line” approach. “Triple bottom line” refers to the demonstration of strong performance across economic, social, and environmental indicators. Those measures serve as indicators of fiduciary responsibility to a growing set of concerned investors and therefore can help ensure access to capital. They also enable innovators to lower costs, create strategic differentiation, reduce risk, and position themselves for competitive advantage over rivals less attuned to trends. The deep roots of sustainability thinking are now evident in widespread and increasingly visible activities worldwide, and Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship explores this evolution; its necessity, its implications and its progression.

Material Type: Textbook

Author: Andrea Larson

Becoming a Fashion Jewelry Entrepreneur: Trends, Design, and Budgeting

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In this lesson, learners will use creativity as they think about future business decisions and activities, including creating a budget and calculating the price points of different jewelry pieces. Targeted skills for this lesson include career, life, entrepreneurship, and employability. The learners will describe five modern trends of fashion jewelry in the region, country and worldwide, calculate the price point, and design an original piece of jewelry. This lesson was designed for one, sixty-minute, class period but can be adjusted. The learners in this lesson are presumed to be young women or men, ages 15-18, in a secondary classroom. The lesson can be a part of math, art, or business courses. Significantly, the author licensed this lesson to be reused and modified to meet the needs of any users.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Author: Eulalia Gallegos

Human Resources Management syllabus

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Openly licensed syllabus that uses the open textbook Human Resources Management: https://open.lib.umn.edu/humanresourcemanagement/ Course description: Covers principles and techniques of human resources management. Includes the following topics: hiring practices, orientation, training, job enrichment, motivation, and performance and review. Covers wage policies, benefits programs and how to comply with a myriad of legal requirements.

Material Type: Syllabus

Author: Laura Boehme

Human Resource Management

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Human resource or manpower planning is of great important in the general development and growth of organizations. Thus personnel and Human resources experts, managers and practitioners have now made it known to management that adequate attention be given to it with a view to ensuring better use of other resources especially capital. Organisations have also realized that with increasing competition and complexity in business, more time should be devoted to effective human resources planning to achieve desired goals. Furthermore organisations have known that not only is the overall cost of human resources high , that human element is complex, unpredictable and sometimes difficult to develop or change unlike capital that is relatively easier to acquire, manager or control.

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading

Human Resource Management

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Human Resource Management teaches HRM strategies and theories that any manager—not just those in HR—needs to know about recruiting, selecting, training, and compensating people. Most students will be managing people at some point in their careers and not necessarily in a human resource management capacity. As businesses cut back, they may outsource HR duties to outside vendors. Or, in smaller businesses, the HR department is sometimes small or non-existent, and managers from other departments have to perform their own HRM. Therefore, teaching HRM from the perspective of a general manager, in addition to an HR manager, provides more relevance to students' careers and will give them a competitive advantage in the workplace. This text also provides practical applications of theory relevant to today's workplace. You won't find discussions about “posting vacancies on a job board” or “sending memos.” In the real world, HRM leverages technology in every aspect of the job—from online training modules to technology for better managing flex-time workers and telecommuters. Consider how most companies have gone “paperless” with pay stubs by using software. While such technology has made HRM easier, it has also created a new set of challenges. For example, how does a manager actually implement a new pay system? Therefore, it's important for students to understand what kinds of platforms exist in today's workplace to enhance their effectiveness as future managers. The conversational style of Human Resource Management engages students, while the academic rigor of its content provides them with the tools that any manager needs—whether they work in HR or a different department. PLUS it offers an array of supplements that gives them practice creating real HR documents and role-playing real HR scenarios. Add value to your students' education, enhance the relevance of your curriculum, and make your students more employable by adopting this book for your HRM class. Read it now online today!

Material Type: Textbook

Human Resource Management (Business 301)

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You know the basics of managing human capital from your Principles of Management course, but this course will introduce you to more advanced topics in the field. You will learn that identifying the best employees begins with identifying the firmŐs needs and carrying out a proper recruitment and selection process. Training, development, and performance evaluations can then shape the selected employee into an ideal firm resource. Finally, adequate and incentivizing compensation can keep those resources with the firm. This course will cover all these topics and more.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Reading, Syllabus