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BUS-117A - Introduction to Entrepreneurship - Gary Quire, MBA

Course:Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Professor:Gary Quire, MBA
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 5 Week
  • 8 Week
  • 12 Week
  • 16 Week


Gary Quire, MBA

Dear Students,

Welcome to BUS 117A Introduction to Entrepreneurship. My name is Gary Quire and I am your professor for this course. I am a Full-Time Faculty member here at College of the Canyons. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). Both of my degrees are from the University of Redlands, GO BULLDOGS!!!! I enjoy traveling, and camping with my family during my time off. I am excited to have each of you in this class. College of the Canyons is a very close community and I would like this to be the best possible experience for you. As we go through the course, feel free to contact me, if you have any questions and or concerns.

Course Description

Students are going to have the opportunity to develop an understand the tasks faced by individuals engaged in ethical and legal entrepreneurial activities. Students will also have the opportunity to Identify the methods for developing a business idea, the process of starting a business, how to acquire resources, and how to analyze key parts of a business plan.

What to Expect in this Course

I am always here to help you. Please contact me at the e-mail address above. My goal is to respond to each e-mail as quickly as possible; usually within two business days. You should not anticipate hearing from me on weekends. All communication needs to be in Canvas Inbox email/messaging system.

Whether if this class is offered as a Fully Online, OnlineLive or Hybrid which means, In Person and Online combined together formats, we will use Canvas to turn in all of your assignments. In a Fully Online class you will complete everything online in Canvas. In an Hybrid Format which is the combined In Person and online format, you will attend class in person once a week and the rest of the work and assignments for the class will be completed online in Canvas. Finally for the Online Live Format you will attend a “virtual” classroom through Zoom in Canvas, COC’s Learning Management System. This virtual class will be attended once a week via Zoom in Canvas and the rest of the assignments for the class will be completed online in Canvas.

All students must login to the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course on Canvas on the first day of the semester and complete your Student Introduction Discussion #1 to avoid being dropped as a “no show.” Thereafter, students must routinely login to Canvas throughout the entire course - at least three times a week - to read class materials, obtain assignments, read announcements, and communicate with me and other students. This entire Course is in Canvas. All assignments, discussions, quizzes, exams and projects are to be completed in or turned into Canvas. We use an OER textbook for our BUS 117A Introduction to Entrepreneurship class, which it means it is a ZTC class. This means there are no materials needed to be purchased for this class, everything will be provided at no cost to the student in Canvas.

You can access Canvas by typing into a web browser. Once there, you can read and follow the instructions for logging into Canvas.

You can also access Canvas user guides, tutorials, and helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. You must understand Canvas to succeed in this course. I strongly urge you to read the Canvas user guides and view the tutorials if you are unfamiliar with how Canvas works. For any Canvas-related questions or technical assistance, please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661) 362-3344 during college business hours, or (877) 889-9052 for support at all other times. You may also e-mail Canvas Support Services at

I require that you personalize Canvas by adding a photo as an avatar that will appear in various areas of the course. I do not require that your avatar be a photo of you. Rather, you may select any appropriate picture. Remember that your avatar will display on Canvas for all of your courses, not only this one. The way you find this Canvas Course is to login into Canvas.

  • After you Login, you should automatically be on the Dashboard page.
  • On the Dashboard Page, you will see this course.
  • Click on this Course
  • When this course opens in Canvas, you will automatically be on the Home Page and you will see the entire course outlined for you.
  • This entire Course will be taught out of Canvas

Types of Assessments

Multiple forms of Assessments

Students will have Discussion Assignments, In-Cass Activities, Projects, Homework Assignments, Quizzes and Exams for this class. As stated earlier no matter which format this class is offered all of these assignments can be found in Canvas and are to be completed in Canvas.

Textbook Information

This is a ZTC class. The OER Textbook will be in your Class Canvas Shell available for PDF Download. Each Chapter individually will also be embedded in the Canvas Weekly Modules along side that weeks assignments.


Other Relevant Course Information

The Unique Features of Learning Online:

Online learning is rewarding, exciting, and convenient! However, self-discipline, motivation, and attention to detail are keys to successful completion. You must commit to meeting firm deadlines for reading and completing assignments, participating in a virtual classroom, and completing the same volume of coursework that you would complete in a traditional classroom.


Some students incorrectly believe that online courses are easier than on-ground courses. On the contrary, an online course is equally challenging. You should anticipate spending a minimum of three hours each week in the virtual classroom (i.e., online time). You should also be prepared to devote 2-3 hours of “non-online” time for each hour of online time. I will establish firm deadlines for you to read textbook chapters, complete assignments, take exams, et cetera.


Class participation occurs in part through an electronic “discussion board” on which you will respond to questions posed by me and to other students’ responses to those questions. The “discussion board” is the online equivalent of traditional classroom discussion and, thus, active and regular participation will be part of your grade.


Please visit COC’s Distance Learning website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student. Topics covered include exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, tips for student success, and others.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 12/10/2022 Sub#: 179