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Small Business Accounting

Key concepts in accounting

As a small business owner or employee, understanding and being able to leverage accounting skills and concepts can help make you and your business more successful. At MVC, you'll learn the basics of bookkeeping, payroll, and how to use common accounting technologies.

School of Business, Health and Human Services

Programs of Study

Small Business Accounting

Certificate (MCE859)

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be trained and able to perform the basic duties and responsibilities required of an entry level accounting clerk or bookkeeper utilizing accounting software.

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Small Business Payroll Accounting

Certificate (MCE860)

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be trained and able to perform the basic duties and responsibilities required of an entry level payroll accounting clerk.

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Accounting Basics for Small Business

Non-Credit Certificate (MCC8009)

The Accounting Basics for Small Business Certificate provides students with an understanding of basic accounting, including QuickBooks procedures. The skills and knowledge covered in this program will enable students to get a job in the field or advance in their current career. This certificate also serves as a gateway into other noncredit and credit programs.

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Why learn about small business accounting?

Small businesses are often run without a full-time accountant on the team, or many business owners may not be prepared for the tasks of managing finances. Whether you're not interested in becoming a full-time accountant, or are seeking an entry-level job in accounting as you pursue further study, understanding the fundamental skills involved in accounting can help you effectively manage small business resources; stay compliant with local, state and federal laws; and track assets, liabilities, income and cash flow.

What You'll Learn

  • How to perform a variety of accounting skills such as journalizing, posting, double entry accounting, record adjusting and closing entries and prepare financial statements.
  • How to use accounting software to prepare financial statements and to analyze and solve problems.
  • The role of ethics in accounting

Career Options

  • Bookkeeper
  • Payroll clerk
  • Tax preparer
  • Small company manager/controller
  • Accounting assistant
  • Account manager