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October 26, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Roane State launches two-semester “Business Ownership Certificate” program

Roane State Community College (RSCC) has started a new program to help fledgling entrepreneurs succeed.

The “Business Ownership Certificate” is a two-semester program that focuses on the most common barriers to start-up companies, said Associate Professor Mike Farmer who is RSCC’s Business Program Director.

“Business owners need to both be experts in their field and be ready for the hidden challenges of ownership,” Farmer said. “They must handle finances, taxes, business regulations, employee management, human resources and advertising.”

The objective of the new certificate program is to equip participants with the tools to navigate the governmental, accounting and human resource issues that face companies. There are eight classes leading to the certificate, with four sessions each semester.

  • First semester courses are “Business Ownership Accounting,” “Sales and Service,” “Business Communications,” and “Software Applications for Business.”
  • The second semester curriculum includes “Entrepreneurship,” “Organizational Behavior,” “Human Resource Management,” and “Legal Environment for Business.”

Those wanting to obtain an associate degree should instead register for the AAS program, Farmer said. For more information, interested individuals can contact Farmer at or visit the academic program page online at this link.

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