Course Description

Successful businesses understand business finances such as cash flow and handling credit, which is necessary for growth. This course is designed to position entrepreneurs and small business owners, towards financial success in the early or growth stage of the small business. Students will examine and evaluate the business’s credit position, sources of external funding and the overall financial health of the small business.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Formulate a financial vision for a start-up or small to medium-sized enterprise
  • Identify financial limitations and how to mitigate financial risk
  • Estimate new venture start-up costs and project a sales forecast
  • Explain how cash is the lifeblood of a business, not profit
  • Create a cash flow projection and a proforma income statement
  • Use ratios to measure the financial health of a business
  • Describe the credit position of the business
  • Recognize funding sources available for start-ups and small businesses
  • Determine the types of financing and which are best suited to a particular type of business
  • Distinguish between the pros and cons of debt vs. equity
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Online Asynchronous
May 21, 2024 to Jul 08, 2024
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $529.00
Available for Credit
2.0 units
Reading List / Textbook

Title: Entrepreneurial Finance
Edition: 7
Authors: Leach, Melicher
Publisher: Cengage
ISBN: 9780357442043 (hard copy), 9780357708460 (eBook one year access)

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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