Associate of Applied Science
in Business Management - Entrepreneurship

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Are you ready to pursue the dream of starting your own business? Whether you already have a business idea – or you simply know you want to go into business for yourself – a solid educational foundation can help mitigate the risks of the startup process. NWACC's Associate of Applied Science in Business Management - Entrepreneurship program is a good fit for students pursuing a new venture startup, growing an existing small business, or even opening a franchise.

This program equips future and current business owners with the practical resources and hands-on skills needed to launch and run a small business immediately after completing our program. The coursework provides a solid foundation of core business skills including marketing, accounting, and management, along with specific entrepreneurship classes where students have the opportunity to develop, test, and refine a solid plan for their own business. 
Through this program, you can even customize the program to fit your specific needs. Self-directed electives allow students the freedom to include other courses relevant to their specific business idea. For instance, a student planning to open a restaurant may elect to take a culinary class, or a student launching an art gallery may take electives in art history and photography.
  • Choose from a number of traditional or online classes, or a combination of both to fulfill degree requirements – providing you the convenience to achieve your higher education goals when and where you want.
  • Tap into the expertise of our accomplished faculty members who have first hand experience with: independent retail, restaurants & coffee, franchises, software development, web design, nonprofit organizations, and more.
  • Participate on NWACC's award-winning Enactus team, gaining first-hand experience in entrepreneurial projects. Learn more at
  • Compete in a new Small Business category at the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup, with opportunities to win cash prizes! (Coming Spring 2015 - )


Format & Locations

Courses required for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management - Entrepreneurship are available in two different formats.* Face-to-face course instruction is done inside the Shewmaker Global Business Development Center on the main NWACC campus in Bentonville. Many courses included in this program are also offered online, providing you the convenience of learning when and where you want.
NWACC actively participates in a statewide Entrepreneurship Consortium, offering a consistent curriculum with other 2-year colleges in the state. Students can easily complete online classes through other consortium schools to fulfill degree requirements, in the event that a particular class is not offered during a particular term at NWACC. Contact your academic advisor for additional details.
*delivery options will vary by semester