Entrepreneurship & Closely-Held Enterprises

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The Entrepreneurship and Closely-Held Enterprises MBA Emphasis and Certificate prepares students to lead in entrepreneurial settings and firms where ownership is closely held. The entrepreneurial spirit is essential for the successful launch of a new venture and in each generation. Job creation, creativity, and innovation abound in new ventures and closely held firms.

The emphasis/certificate provides practical skills for managing and analyzing entrepreneurial and closely held firms. This includes exploration of new venture planning and development, strategic planning in the closely held firm, best practices from entrepreneurial and closely held firms in the Pacific Northwest, and the dynamics of working with family and friends. Students also learn additional transferable skills in facilitation and consultation.

This certificate is open to anyone who has educational or employment experience in management or small business.

Summer 2020 Classes included:

  • BMBA 550 Leading Family and Closely-Held Enterprise
    • Explores issues unique to managing, working within, or advising closely held businesses. Role of closely held firms in global economy; control, fairness, and equity issues; succession; unique aspects of family firms including family dynamics inside and outside of the business.


  • BMBA 577 Project Management
    • Study of project management principles and techniques including planning, network building, project control, reporting and closing to address the unique conditions and challenges associated with designing and managing major non-repetitive undertakings. May not be counted toward more than one concentration or certificate.


  • BMBA 587 Diversity and Multiculturalism
    • In this course we will examine the research and application of diversity and multiculturalism in business. From sociological theories of inequality to hands-on case studies, we will grapple with what it means to create and sustain a diverse, multicultural business in an increasingly multicultural world (and why diversity is good for business!). In addition to reading reflections and course discussions, students will engage in a real world assessment of select businesses.

A reduced summer tuition rate of $714/ credit for a total of $5,712.


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Summer Session

Learn about the Summer Class Schedule through the Summer Session website.