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Small Business Marketing

Small Business Marketing

Thinking of starting a small business and need help with the steps to success? Oakton courses can help you master the necessary skills, from developing a business plan, choosing your structure, finding financing, naming your business, complying with regulations or protecting your ideas.

Already have a small business and need help marketing your products or services? Oakton's Small Business Marketing certificate addresses a wide range of topics, including Principles of Marketing (MKT131), Customer Service and Satisfaction (MKT151), Principles of Professional Selling (MKT161), and Interactive Marketing (MKT265). Learn how to develop your colors and logo, create a personal brand, and give web customers what they want.

Whether online or ‘bricks and mortar', retail or professional, independent or franchised, learn the skills to grow and develop your small business. For further information contact Ronald Thomas, department chair, at 847.635.1949 or via e-mail at

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Paul Johnson developed a passion for psychology at Oakton. Now he wears two hats - Professor of student development and Professor of psychology.



September 7
Labor Day holiday. College closed.

September 20
Last day to withdraw from 16-week courses and have course dropped from record.

September 21
Last day to change to audit for 16-week courses.

October 4
Incomplete (I) grades from summer 2015 semester for which faculty have not submitted final grades will become an "F" after this date.

October 9
Last day for filing Graduation Petitions.

October 25
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after October 25.

November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

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