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Small Business Manager Distance Learning

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: West Prince Campus, Distance Learning

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Small Business Manager

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

The Small Business Manager Distance Learning program prepares you for an entry-level management position or to operate your own small business. You will take courses such as human resource management, entrepreneurship, and marketing.

You'll learn about business functions and how they work together. You'll also develop strong business communications skills to ensure you're prepared for the next step in your career. At the end of your program, you'll have the skills you need to start your own business or manage others. Students who successfully complete this program may qualify to continue their education towards a Business Diploma in our Business Administration program offered in-person at the Prince of Wales Campus.

Study at your pace

This flexible distance program is offered on a part-time and full-time basis, with the same learning tools, level of communication, and support you would experience in the classroom. The program is delivered through a combination of self-paced learning and virtual classroom sessions, ensuring you have the benefit of communicating with your fellow students and the instructors, who are located on the West Prince Campus. Opportunities are available for on-campus meetings with your instructors, as well as virtual office hours.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
Capilano University, Vancouver, B.C. Bachelor Business Administration Graduates receive 36 credits toward a Bachelor Business Administration degree.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Resumé, including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition $6,801 $11,901
Fees $777 $1,527
Other Costs $1,150 $1,150
Total $ 8,728 $ 14,578

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $6,801
Lab Fee $60
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $445
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $7,578
1st installment due September 5 $4,440
2nd installment due January 8 $3,138

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.


Books $1,000
Materials/Supplies $150
     Total $1,150
Grand Total $8,728


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $11,901
Lab Fee $60
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195
Graduation Fee $100
     Total payable to Holland College $13,428
1st installment due September 5  $10,290
2nd installment due January 8 $3,138

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1 Year

Books $1,000
Materials/Supplies $150
     Total $1,150
Grand Total $14,578

*Includes the International Student Fee.

Graduates can confidently enter a business environment and function at a basic level. They will have acquired an introductory level of knowledge and skills in all key and functional small business areas that are scalable across most organizations.


Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:ACCT-1000

Financial Accounting I

Learn basic financial accounting theory and practical applications. Develop the skills to prepare, maintain and close financial statements for a variety of businesses. Learn fundamental principles required to control and account for cash, banking and inventory. Prepare payroll according to government guidelines and regulations and learn to follow procedures to account for sales tax and workers compensation.

Credit Value:6

Course Code:ACCT-1010

Computerized Accounting I

Learn the basic features of an accounting software package. Develop bookkeeping skills by learning about the types of financial information tracked in a business, how to enter that information, and how to track the information through the computerized accounting program. Students will also compare similarities and differences between accounting software packages.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-1010

Human Resource Management I

Students learn the functions of Human Resource Management (HRM), the value of an organization's human resources, and the challenges facing organizations to survive, remain competitive, grow, and diversify. Students develop skills in the areas of planning, job design, recruitment and selection, placement, orientation, training, record management and various acts and regulations that impact Human Resource Management.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-2010

Human Resource Management II

Students develop skills in the fundamental areas of training and development. The main areas of focus include: development of compensation programs and the management of these programs, labour relations, collective bargaining and contract administration, orientation and documentation, employee rights and discipline, motivation, reviewing and improving performance, health and safety, and policy development.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:BUSI-2050


Entrepreneurship education is the process of providing individuals with the concepts and skills to recognize opportunities that others have overlooked, and to have the insight and self-esteem to act where others have hesitated. This course includes instruction in opportunity recognition, obtaining resources, and initiating a business venture. It also provides instruction in business management processes such as business planning, capital development, marketing, and financial analysis. Students will have the opportunity to summarize much of what they have learned by researching and completing a business plan for a specific enterprise.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMM-1010

Written Communications

Review and practice English grammar. Develop the ability to convey thoughts clearly and concisely, building professional written communications skills for a variety of workplace settings.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMM-1020

Oral Communications

Develop oral and non-verbal communication skills for success in today's workplace. Students practice and perform these communication skills through group discussions, debates, presentations, meetings and the use of electronic media.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMP-1500

Management Information Systems I

Students develop skills to competently use word processing software, electronic spreadsheets, database applications and web-based business tools. The main areas of focus include: creating professional documents using a word processor, preparing complex formulas and data manipulation using spreadsheets, developing databases and queries using business software applications and cloud computing.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MATH-1000

Business Math

Review and apply basic arithmetic and algebra concepts to solve problems. Perform various math calculations for business and financial workplaces.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MKTG-1000


Learn the fundamentals of marketing and the major environmental factors influencing today's marketing environment. Discover how individual consumers, industrial and organizational buyers reach their purchase decisions. Develop an understanding of target marketing and examine the elements of the marketing mix.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MKTG-1115

Digital Sales and Marketing

Explore current and emerging sales and digital marketing technologies in their various applications in order to grasp an understanding of their processes, costs, effectiveness and relevancy for the workplace. Discover how to apply these technologies and sales processes to monitor, study, influence and engage the consumer in online communities.

Credit Value:3

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Taking the Small Business Manager course at Holland College has been the most enriching experience of my academic life. The course has provided me with the tools necessary for the work of building my future as an entrepreneur. The flexibility of online classes has given me the freedom to balance my class time with time spent employing those tools to work toward my ultimate goal of opening a business.

James, Class of 2021


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Tourism, Travel, and Event Management

Prepare for an exciting career in the Tourism and Events Management industry with this two-year program. Spend your first year studying introductory courses to tourism, hospitality, and events coordination, and in your second year, choose between two areas of specialization, Tourism and Travel Coordinator or Events Coordinator.