A survey course emphasizing aspects of small business management in order to give a potential small business owner the tools for success. Key topics include real estate, site selection, and facilities management; purchasing management, vendor relations, and inventory systems; plant security, loss control, risk, and insurance management; human resources management, employee benefits, motivation, and leadership; small business market research, customer services management, and pricing. A review of other elements of the small firm’s milieu is included as a necessary contextual element (e.g., planning, accounting, financing, law).

Bookkeeping is a subfield of accounting, which deals with the processing and interpretation of all types of financial information. Bookkeeping is the ongoing recording of a business’ daily transactions and does not deal with auditing, taxes, or other types of accounting. However, the reports bookkeepers generate are the foundation for all other accounting activities, and help accountants and managers do their jobs.