Entrepreneurship & Leadership
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The Entrepreneurship & Leadership profile is centred on economics, business law basics, leadership skills, innovation, and globalization for students interested in the business world. With a focus on critical thinking and effective communication, students will gain valuable experience in project management, financial management, and business model development.
The profile’s team-building approach promotes critical analysis, out-of-the-box thinking, sustainable business practices, and innovation. It prepares students for CEGEP programs such as Commerce, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and International Business Studies. It teaches students skill sets for careers in accounting, economics, politics, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, management, human resources, and the communications industry.
"Villa Maria offers a well-rounded curriculum in the Entrepreneurship and Leadership program for students to get a taste of the industry. Being an entrepreneur often means wearing many hats, and this program offers the tools students will need to do so."
Cristina Servello, Owner
The Detailed Diva and Pixi Booth
(Class of 2004)
"Now, more than ever, entrepreneurship can be learned! The more skills an entrepreneur has, the better his chances of succeeding. Villa Maria’s program offers students the opportunity to start acquiring the necessary tools early and that can only help them turn their vision into reality!"
Marilyse Richard-Robert, Executive Director
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Business 101: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Students will learn to differentiate the various legal forms of companies and their operating methods, to develop a business plan, and understand corporate financial concepts.
Leadership and Team Building
The study of democratic, transformational, autocratic, and participative leadership models, and their application in business and politics at large.
Successful Communication in the Workplace
Communication skills within a business context, including writing effective emails, creating business briefs, and developing sales techniques while honing financial literacy.
Building Your Business
Students will build their own unique business from the ground up. They will work on all aspects of business development, from business plan writing to financing, marketing to deploying and finally pitching to potential investors.
Case Studies in Business Ethics
Sustainable development, community activism, gentrification, urban sprawl, renewable energy, and environmental concerns, seen through the lens of business ethics.
Media & Marketing
The role of the media in marketing products. As a final project, students will create a marketing campaign within their Building Your Business course.
- Company president
- Oral communication
- Ability to synthesize content
- Writing a business plan – financing, grants, sponsorships
- Business ethics and social responsibility
- Basic accounting – graphics, charts
- Knowledge of leadership styles
- Developing a start-up company
- Financial literacy
- Innovation and creativity
- Technology, e-commerce, social media, Web marketing, Web design
- Corporate law – contracts, copyright
- Human resources
- Crisis management
- Self-starting, initiative
- Social Sciences
- Liberal Arts
- International Business Studies
- Business / Marketing Technical Programs