Entrepreneurship & Closely-Held Business

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The Entrepreneurship and Closely-Held Business 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 Session

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

Summer 2017 Classes include:

  • Leading Family and Closely-Held Enterprise
    • Meeting online, May 30-July 7
    • 6:00-9:30 p.m.
  • Project Management
    • Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays,  July 10 – August 18
    • 6:00-9:30 p.m.


A reduced summer tuition rate of $700/ credit for a total of $5,600.