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Starting a Business

  • Spring 2020
  • Section All
  • 4 Credits
  • 01/13/2020 to 05/11/2020
  • Modified 12/16/2019


This course will introduce students to the world of entrepreneurs and their role in small business. There will be an emphasis on building a "business" which will include the elements of entrepreneurship, management, marketing and finance. The Internet will be used as a resource to help students apply concepts to a business venture and many real-life cases will be studied. (F,Sp)


Prerequisite Course: None
Placement Scores: Reading Level 5 and Writing Level 4 and Math Level 4

Contact Hours







Total Hrs


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. List reasons for wanting to go into business.
  2. Identify an appropriate business niche.
  3. Develop a pre-business check list.
  4. Test ideas through a series of tasks known as a feasibility funnel.
  5. Analyze problems involved in small business management using case analysis and classroom discussion.
  6. Calculate financial requirements and the basic steps involved in arranging financing.
  7. Explore various resources related to business licensing, financing, insurance, legal structure, etc.
  8. Assess business operations within the local community by examining consumer activities.
  9. Begin the process of designing a business plan.
  10. Complete a self-assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses relative to starting a business.



Student Electronic Access to Grades

D2L is the College’s Course Management System which includes a gradebook function allowing students access to their grades in order to receive timely and meaningful feedback on their progress in the course at any time. These grades will align with the Evaluation Criteria listed in this syllabus. D2L is accessed through the MyLCC page.

Whenever practicable, results for graded items should be posted electronically within 48 hours after the instructor has completed the grading process for the items, and final grades for the course should be entered no later than the specified grading day.


Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Assignments 25-55%
Class Participation 35-55%
Exams or Tests 10-25%
Quizzes 10-25%
Reports/Presentations 10-60%


College Standard




College Grading Standards

Recommended Guidelines for Student Grades

4.0  --- Excellent

4.0     ---     91 – 100%

3.5  --- ---------

3.5     ---     86 – 90%

3.0  --- Good

3.0     ---     81 – 85%

2.5  --- ---------

2.5     ---     76 – 80%

2.0  --- Satisfactory

2.0     ---     71 – 75%

1.5  --- ---------

1.5     ---     66 – 70%

1.0  --- Poor

1.0     ---     60 – 65%

0.0  --- --------

0.0     ---       0 – 59%

Course Policies

Class Attendance/Participation


Extra Credit

Extra credit may be available in this course. This information is provided by the section instructor.

Institutional Policies

Transfer Potential

For transfer information, please consult the Transfer webpage.

The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) simplifies the transfer of students from one Michigan institution to another. For the most current information, see the LCC MTA webpage.

For additional transfer information contact the Academic Advising Center in the Gannon Building - Star Zone, (517) 483-1904.

Disability Statement

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact the Center for Student Access, Gannon Building, Star Zone - Campus Resources, via the Center for Student Access website, or by calling (517) 483-1924 [TTY (517) 483-1207] as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

Student Code of Conduct and General Rules and Guidelines

LCC supports a positive educational environment that will benefit student success. In order to ensure this vision, the College has established the LCC Student Code of Conduct and the Student General Rules and Guidelines to ensure the protection of student rights and the health and safety of the College community, as well as to support the efficient operation of College programs. In addition, the College has established guidelines for the redress of grievances by individuals accused in such proceedings.                 

It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with, and abide by, the Student Code of Conduct, as well as the General Rules and Guidelines. Furthermore, the instructor may establish reasonable guidelines within the classroom environment. Violations of the Student Code may be reported to the Office of Student Compliance.

Enrollment Verification

Class attendance and participation are essential to student success. Instructors will update class rosters by the 8th day after the start date of sections less than 8 weeks long, and by the 15th day after the start date of sections 8 weeks or longer to accurately reflect student enrollment in each course. Students who have not attended by these dates may be administratively dropped and responsible for any required tuition and fee charges.

Academic Success Coaches

At Lansing Community College, student success is our top priority.  Our Academic Success Coaches mentor students to help them meet their educational, personal and career goals.  LCC faculty or staff may refer you to an Academic Success Coach if they recognize that mentoring or assistance may be helpful to you. Please monitor your LCC email for referral notifications.  Your participation in academic success coaching is voluntary.

In addition, we encourage you to contact an Academic Success Coach on your own if you need help, guidance or assistance to reach your goals.  To contact an Academic Success Coach, call (517) 483-1422 or visit the Academic Success Coaching Team website for more information.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Lansing Community College is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and equal education for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, creed, ancestry, height, weight, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, familial status, marital status, military status, veteran’s status, or other status as protected by law, or genetic information that is unrelated to the person’s ability to perform the duties of a particular job or position or that is unrelated to the person’s ability to participate in educational programs, courses services or activities offered by the college.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Washington Court Place, 309 N. Washington Square Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1730; Employee Coordinator 504/ADA, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1875; Student Coordinator 504/ADA, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1885; Lori Willett, Human Resource Manager/Title IX Coordinator, Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1870; Christine Thompson, Student Title IX Coordinator, Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave. Lansing, MI 48933, 517-483-1261.

Additional Items

Course Practices

  1. Students are expected to communicate with the instructor in a timely manner regarding any extenuating circumstances that will interfere with their participation in and/or the completion of their assignments for this class.
  2. Students are expected to come to class prepared by completing the reading assignments and being able to discuss them.
  3. Students are expected to use correct grammar, vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure in all written assignments.  Errors may be penalized in grading.
  4. Students are expected to complete the assignment required in the class by the dates on which they are due as outlined by the instructor, the syllabus, and the class schedule.
  5. Students are responsible for initiating a course withdrawal or request for an incomplete grade.  Persons who have not done so and have not completed assignments as indicated in Section VII of this syllabus, and whose total percentage as a result is less than 60% will receive a 0.0 for the final course grade.
  6. Unless previously arranged with the instructor, there will be no make-up test/exams nor any make-up for in-class assignments missed.  Make-up activities must be prearranged with the instructor before a student is absent.
  7. Requirements for particular assignments will be explained by the instructor and outlined in a separate document.