Small Business Program

City College's Small Business program is designed to provide complete basic knowledge for those interested in owning and operating a small business. Whatever your business plan, whether it be the one-person, home-based enterprise or a larger business endeavor, classes are designed to meet your needs.


Small Business Credit Course

The Small Business program offers one credit class. For information about this course please see catalog. The class is offered at the Ocean, Downtown, and Mission campuses.

Small Business  Noncredit Program

Our tuition-free program includes a noncredit Small Business Certificate of Completion and over 50 individual classes. Classes can be taken separately or as part of the certificate program. Please see the catalog for a complete listing of classes. 

Most noncredit Small Business classes are held in the evening at the Downtown Campus with a few day classes at the Chinatown/North Beach Campus. Please see the class schedule for current semester schedule.


Small Business Certificate of Completion

The noncredit Small Business Certificate of Completion will prepare you for a successful start in your own small business or increase the effectiveness and operation of your existing business. The certificate is made up of five sections with required core classes and one elective and is offered through the City College Small Business Institute. Please see the catalog for complete certificate information.

Program Coordinators

Robin Pugh Photo

Robin Pugh
Small Business Program Coordinator
City College of San Francisco
Downtown Center
88 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Mailbox: DTN
Phone: (415) 267-6577

How to Enroll

For new students, please see information about becoming a noncredit or credit student. You may also contact the Office of Admissions at (415) 239-3285. Many noncredit classes allow for registration in class; there is no tuition cost for noncredit classes. Please refer to tuition information for specifics on City College credit tuition costs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. You may also call the Financial Aid Office at (415) 239-3577.


Applying for a Degree or Certificate

When you have completed all the required classes, fill out a petition for a certificate. The petition form is available in Admissions and Records, Conlan Hall, Room 107, and should be submitted at the beginning of the semester that you complete all the requirements. Petitions must submitted by the deadline posted in the Calendar of Instruction.