23+ Free Entrepreneur Lesson Plans (Projects, Worksheets, etc.)
By: Author Amanda L. Grossman
Posted on Last updated: December 14, 2022
Need free entrepreneurship curriculum, lesson plans, and projects? Here’s entrepreneur lesson plans for high school, middle school, and elementary.
So, you’re looking for entrepreneur lesson plans to help turn your kids or students into the innovators of tomorrow.
And not just to make them into entrepreneurs, but to benefit your kids and students with the following results of teaching entrepreneurship :
- Improved academic performance
- Increased problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
- Improved interpersonal relationships
- Higher self-esteem
But, exactly how are you supposed to teach entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurs, among other qualities, need to be able to recognize opportunities in the marketplace. This means finding a need, and figuring out how to solve that need in a profitable way.
This can be as simple as a kidpreneur/kidpreneurship (or kidpreneur-in-the-making) opening a lemonade stand on a smoldering July day near a construction site, and as complicated as creating a machine knob specifically for tea growers in Japan.
And having this ability doesn’t have to result in a person starting their own business; it works equally as well for your child if they work for someone else in the form of more merit raises, one-time bonuses for one-off projects, promotions, leverage in salary negotiations, etc.
In fact, the skill of recognizing an opportunity, and seizing it by writing my own job description resulted in me snagging my first job out of college (worth an awesome $40,000 + benefits to me at the time). More on that in a bit.
What are the other skills a child needs to learn to help them as an entrepreneur?
Psst: you’ll also want to check out my resource list of youth entrepreneurship programs , entrepreneur biographies for kids , kid entrepreneur kits , and full review of the Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox .
How Do You Teach Entrepreneurship?
Teaching entrepreneurship is a bit trickier than, say, teaching algebra. With algebra, the equations come out with the same solutions, every time. But with entrepreneurship?
There are an endless number of variables that go into it, and an endless number of outcomes that can come out of it.
How are you supposed to teach for that?
One of the best ways to teach entrepreneurship is to choose entrepreneurial projects, activities, and lesson plans that aim at nurturing these entrepreneur skills:
- Ability to identify opportunities
- Self confidence
- At least basic knowledge of business finances/financial literacy
- Knows how to take measured risk
- Vision and creativity
Elementary School Entrepreneurship Curriculum
Excited to start teaching your elementary school-aged kids about entrepreneurship? Let me share some entrepreneurship lesson plans, resources, and curriculum with you.
Also, check out these 3 kid business plan examples .
1. Venture Lab
Who It’s For : Grades 1-12
Financial Aid : ( Free for non-commercial use ) Curriculum that organizations can purchase to use with students
Length of Program : 90-minute lessons
Location : N/A
Venture Lab offers a curriculum suited for 1st – 12th graders (curriculum is divided into lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school/high school.) This is a course in a box with all of the lesson plans already completed and is meant to be utilized as part of regular coursework, after school programs, or camps.
Its focus is on teaching girls components of entrepreneurship such as STEAM concepts and design thinking.
2. Money Monsters Start their Own Business
Who It’s For : 4th – 8th grade
Students will read through the Money Monsters Start their Own Business book (PDF provided – 51 pages), and then play a game that has them experience the ups and downs of starting a business.
I love how a Toy Store Income Tracker is included so that each student can track their own earnings and see the numbers for themselves.
Psst: you’ll also want to check out Federal Reserve Bank’s webinar on teaching kids entrepreneurship , which will give you some lesson plan ideas.
Starting a Business Lesson Plans for Middle School
Do you want to teach your middle school kid (or student) how to start a business, and you need a lesson plan? I’ve actually created a Take Your Child to Work Day printable which will give you lots of ideas for your starting a business lesson plan.
More middle school business lesson plans for how to start a business (all free):
- Federal Reserve Bank’s Jay Starts a Business (Grades 3-6; comes with teacher’s manual with lesson plans)
- Free Kid Business Plan Templates
- Biz Kid’s Crash Course on Entrepreneurship for Middle School
- EverFI’s Venture Entrepreneurial Expedition (for grades 7-10).
- Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneurs course
- Foundation for Economic Education’s Booms and Busts , What is Entrepreneurship? , What is the Entrepreneur’s Role in Creating Value? , etc. (students can earn a Certificate of Achievement)
- TeenBusiness’s Entrepreneur Lesson Videos series
- Parade of Entrepreneurs Lesson Plan
- Lemonade Stand Worksheets , and my best Lemonade Stand Ideas
Psst: Try holding a market day in your class. Here are 22 things for kids to make and sell , 17 boy crafts to sell , and help pricing their products in this market day lesson plan .
Teaching Entrepreneurship to High School Students – Free Entrepreneurship Curriculum
There are some great curriculum and materials out there for teaching entrepreneurship in high school, many of which include entrepreneur worksheets for students.
Psst: you also might want to check out these 5 business books for teens , and 11 business games for students .
1. Alison’s Entrepreneurial Skills Path
Who It’s For : Business students, and people interested in learning about creating a business
Financial Aid : Free
Length of Program : 6 lessons, each between 1 and 3 hours
Alison is a free, online platform with tons of courses, and one of the paths you can go down is an entrepreneurial skills one.
Teachers of the courses include venture capitalists, professors at Harvard, and professional entrepreneurs.
- Characteristics of the Successful Entrepreneur
- Critical Skills for Entrepreneurs
- Creating an Entrepreneur’s Checklist for Success
- Entrepreneurship – Creating the Business
- Key Elements of Entrepreneurial Success
- Why Entrepreneurs Should Think Big
2. Youth Entrepreneurs
Who It’s For : Students
Financial Aid : Schools pay for this program, with the cost based on how many students get free and reduced lunches
Length of Program : 1 year
With this program, students first focus on economics, then they focus on starting their own businesses.
3. Diamond Challenge Business Curriculum
Who It’s For : Kids and teens
Length of Program : 14 modules
Looking for a video business curriculum with instructional guides? The Diamond Challenge’s program covers the following:
- What is Entrepreneurship?
- Opportunity Recognition
- Opportunity Screening
- Types of Businesses
- Building a Business like a Scientist
- Using a Business Model Canvas
They also offer a Social Curriculum track that’s 6 video modules long, including:
- What is Social Entrepreneurship?
- Wicked Problems and Grand Challenges
- Social Entrepreneurship Processes and Challenges
Who It’s For : 10th and 12th graders
Financial Aid : Free (at schools where it’s available)
Length of Program : 1 year (followed by acceleratoredu for the 2nd year)
Through Uncharted Learning’s program, 10 th to 12 th graders develop their own business, pitch their idea ta a shark-tank style event, and even have a chance at receiving funding.
5. JA BE Entrepreneurial®
Who It’s For : Grades 9-12
Financial Aid : Free for students
Length of Program : 7, 45-minute sessions
Location : Anywhere
Through your child’s school, they can take Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurial program. The course teaches students how to create a business plan, plus how to start a venture.
Lessons covered include:
- What’s My Business?
- Who’s My Customer?
- What’s My Advantage?
- Competitive Advantages
- Ethics are Good for Business
- The Business Plan
6. JA Company Program Blended Model
Length of Program : 13 classes (2 hours/class), or as a 1-year program with 26 classes (1 hour/class)
Location : Anywhere (online course)
This is an online program that teaches high schoolers how to solve a problem/fill a need in their community through entrepreneurship.
- Start a Business
- Vet the Venture
- Create a Structure
- Launch the Business!
- Run the Business
7. The Mint’s Be Your Own Boss
Who It’s For : Teens
Length of Program : 3 lessons
Starting with the Be Your Own Boss Challenge , The Mint takes your teen through the following three lesson:
- Planning Your Business
- Money & Your Business
- The Law & Your Business
8. Wharton High School’s Entrepreneurship
Who It’s For : High School students
Length of Program : 50+ lesson plans
These lesson plans go through the following:
- Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Opportunities
- Global Markets
- Business Plans
9. YE$ Youth Entrepreneurship
Who It’s for : high school students
Cost : Free
Location : Anywhere (it’s a PDF)
Here’s a free PDF with tons of entrepreneur lesson plans and research done for educators, that is meant to go along with a 4-H program. You’ll find some nuggets in here, plus, it’s free!
Now let’s take a look at entrepreneurial projects that can teach your kids and teens all about starting a business with hands-on experiences.
10. Build a Business Plan
Who It’s For : Middle School and High School
Location : Anywhere (online)
Check out this plug n’ play business plan creator! You could send your students to this page to work through a business idea of theirs.
Then, at the end, they can print out their business plan!
Questions they’ll need to answer include:
- Your big idea
- Who will buy
- How you’ll spend and make money
Entrepreneur Worksheets for Students
While I would recommend taking on one of the projects below, or one of the hands-on lesson plans from above, there are also entrepreneur worksheets students can use to learn about businesses.
Here’s a few of my favorites (all free):
- Lemonade Stand Free Printables (here’s my best lemonade stand ideas , too)
- Lemonade Stand Worksheets
- Family Guide to Getting a Family Business Going (kid-centered)
- Small Business Administration’s Lean Startup Business Plan
- Take your students through the DECA Idea Challenge (you’ll need to pick your own everyday item to challenge students with, as the competition has ended for the year)
- Take your students through the DECA Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Challenge (again, the competition is over, but the PDF is still available for you to set up your own)
Psst: you might want to check out my review on the Teen Entrepreneur Toolbox .
2 Entrepreneurial Projects – What is an Entrepreneurial Project?
Entrepreneurial projects are a smart way to teach entrepreneurship to kids, because, as with any project, it gives them a chance to dive deeper into a topic that interest them (all under the guise of teaching them how to start and run a business).
Entrepreneur Project #1: Winter Beverage Outdoor Tasting Contest
It’s soooooo easy to sit inside all winter long and slowly accumulate cabin fever (plus a few pounds). That’s why you’ve got to look for fun things to do in the winter.
Well today? We’re going to switch things up. I’ve created a family date night for you ( family winter activities !) that has both an indoor AND an outdoor component.
But don’t worry – with this fun winter activity we’ll keep things toasty throughout.
So, what’s the game plan? Each of your kid(dos) will make (rather, create ) a warm winter beverage recipe indoors . Then here’s the twist: you’re going to host a family taste testing contest around your fire pit in the backyard.
Not only will this make a fun family memory, but your kid(dos) will actually walk away with more money knowledge in the process centered around the all-important lesson of how to make a profit!
Psst: Now that’s a money lesson I could have used as a kid, specifically as I’ve gone into biz for myself as an adult.
Host a Winter Beverage Outdoor Taste Testing
Finding fun things to do in the winter doesn’t have to mean you’re freezing your tootsies off. There’s nothing better to keep you warm outdoors in the wintertime than a toasty drink. Well, a toasty drink around a roaring fire.
Here’s how it’s going down:
Step #1: Choose an Event Date
Build the anticipation for your family by choosing a date 1 to 2 weeks out (so that there’s time for you guys to complete the rest of the prep work).
Fill out the invitation on Page 1 of the free printable, and display prominently on your family’s bulletin board/gathering center in the kitchen so everyone knows the date of the big event.
Set the stage for the competition by having your family read their mission out loud. Other cool factors you can add in: make it a Friday or Saturday family date night, under the stars. Let the kids stay up a little past bedtime to complete.
Step #2: Your Kid(dos) Research Hot Drink Ideas to Enter into the Competition
Your kids are the ones entering the competition. They’ll be in the driver seat of actually creating their own recipe from scratch (with some inspiration from below).
There are lots of toasty, kid-friendly drink recipe ideas to get them started:
- Hot caramel apple cider
- Vanilla steamer with cinnamon
- Harry Potter Warm Butterbeer
They’ll get lots of help not only from looking up recipe examples on sites like Pinterest, but also from the worksheet in the free printable (Page 2).
Step #3: Shop for the Ingredients
Once your budding restaurant consultant has determined possible ingredients they’ll need for their signature drink, they’ll need you, Mama Bear, to purchase them.
Take the list your kid(dos) have created and go to the store (solo, or with them) to make the purchases.
Having trouble coming up with a pool of possible ingredients to buy? Use the lists below for inspiration of what to pick up (a few of these ingredients you probably already have at home) and let your kids create what they can from it:
- Bases : hot cocoa, apple cider, chai tea, milk
- Flavors : cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, flavor syrups
- Sweeteners : sugar, brown sugar, caramel
- Creamers : milk, half & half, almond milk, heavy cream, etc.
- Top-offs : whipped cream, caramel sauce, orange peels for zesting
Save your store receipt, as your kid(dos) will need this information to price their drinks later on.
Step #4: Your Kid(dos) Tinker + Perfect their Drink
Using the purchased ingredients as well as anything in your home they can find, host a kitchen lab session where your kid(dos) tinker with ingredients and perfect their super-secret, signature recipes (talk about fun things to do in the winter inside!).
They’ll write down the exact portion sizes to each ingredient that they use as they go along, which is important for the next step.
Step #5: Your Kid(dos) Figure Out the Profit Margin of their Signature Drink
Remember, the goal is to create a new drink for this restaurant that not only costs less than $5, but has at least a 60% profit margin for the owner.
Ahem: between you and me, that means their cost needs to come in under $2.00.
So, as your kid tinkers with ingredients, they need to keep price in mind.
Note: this step can seem a bit unwieldy, but is SO important for the whole process. Just know – I’m outlining both how to do this all by hand, as well as giving you shortcuts to online calculators where your kid(dos) will still learn the process by setting up the inputs and thinking through how it all fits together.
Of course, we’re not talking about the cost of the entire ingredient that you’ve purchased. After all, it’s unlikely they’ll use an entire carton of milk to create one drink. We’re talking about the small portion size that they used of the product.
In other words, they’re not going to get the cost of a single drink they’ve created from your grocery store receipt as it is now. They need to do some calculating based on the measurements of each ingredient that goes into each drink.
You need to know how much it costs to create just ONE of your super-secret signature drinks so that you can calculate the profit margin.
What’s a profit margin? It’s the percentage of what you keep as profit from each $1.00. For example, a 20% profit margin means that we earn $0.20 on every dollar. That means that the other 80% or $0.80 are expenses. Remember that Jack, the man from The Yeti Slide, needs a 60% profit margin, or $0.60 on each dollar in profit after expenses are taken out.
Step #1: Write down your ingredients + quantities.
Step #2: Convert each quantity in your recipe to the quantity on the product label.
Divide your ingredients up by dry ones (like cocoa powder), and wet ones (like heavy cream or vanilla extract).
Then use the appropriate table below to convert the amount in your recipe to the amount that’s found on the ingredient’s product label (front of package).
For example, if you used 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder (dry ingredient), then your conversion is to a ½ ounce (the cocoa powder can is in ounces). Or if you used 2 tablespoons of almond milk, you find on the Wet Conversion table that you used 1 fl. Oz. (the almond milk carton is in Fl. Oz.).
Hint: Can’t find the conversion or a little confused? You can plug the exact quantity of your ingredients into this liquid converter or this dry converter calculator online and convert it into the measurement found on your product label).
Step #3: Calculate the cost of each quantity of ingredient used.
Now you need to price each converted quantity of ingredient by figuring out how much each ounce or fluid ounce costs, and then multiplying it by the amount you’ve used.
Hint: A good estimate to use for dashes of spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg is $0.05.
- Write down the overall price of each ingredient used.
- Write down the converted amount you used of it.
- Divide the total amount in the product package by its price to find what each ounce or fluid ounce costs.
- Then multiply that by the converted amount you used.
- Write down the cost. Then add all of the individual ingredient costs to get your total expense to create the drink.
Example: I used 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) of heavy cream. One 8 fl. oz. container of heavy cream at the store costs $2.99. That is $0.37/ounce. I look at the conversion chart below, and see that 1 tbsp. converts to ½ ounce. So, I divide $0.37/2 ounces, and see that this ingredient for just one drink costs $0.186 (you can round up to $0.19).
Ingredient Cost: $2.99 _ Converted Amount Used: ½ fl. Oz. Total Product Amount: 8 fl. Oz. Cost per ounce: _$0.37/fl. Oz. Cost of Ingredient Used: $0.37 X ½ = $0.186 .
Looking for a shortcut? Here’s a free online tool for pricing out beverages . You’ll need the converted amounts.
Step #4: Calculate Your Profit Margin
Figure out how high your profit margin is if you sell the drink for $5.00.
Profit on Drink: $5.00 – total drink cost = _ $ _________.
Profit Per Dollar: Your answer from above \ Cost drink is sold for ($5.00) = $ Profit
Profit Margin: $ Profit X 100 = Profit Margin%
Step #6: Taste Judging Begins
By now you’ve set the scene for some fun things to do in the winter outdoors – think a crackling bonfire out in the backyard (or in your fire pit. Heck, you can de-hibernate the grill for some winter outdoor cooking/heating), plus a table/flat surface where your kids can place their super-secret signature creations.
Bust out some blankets, cover straw bales with table cloths…you get the idea. (And if you’re in Houston like we are? Well, a hoodie should suffice).
Have your kid(dos) place their drinks on the tasting mat, as well as fill in how much their drink costs and what the profit margin is (all calculations they’ll be guided through on the free printable).
Now they get to take a break, while the parents taste + score each one!
Included in the printable are both a tasting mat as well as a score card with specific criteria, such as inventiveness, taste, and profit margin.
Step #7: Declare the Winners
There are winners in a variety of categories, and then an overall drink that is chosen for The Yeti Slide’s Yeti Roasts:
- Most Inventive
- Best Money-Maker
- Newest Yeti Slide Signature Drink
Looking for fun things to do in the winter? This two-part activity for your child that will leave them understanding profit margins like a pro, plus give your family an awesome family date night under the stars on a winter evening when you might otherwise be watching tv.
What could be better than that? If nothing else, you’ll have created quite the memory.
Entrepreneur Project #2: A System for Your Child to Identify a Need in Your Home + Propose a Solution
We want to encourage your child to come to you with things they see that could use improvement, and ways they could add value or provide a solution for you.
Let’s go through how to do this.
Step #1 : Discuss with your child the idea that people need things + services.
Here’s a conversation outline for you with a few blanks to fill in (where underlined) :
“People need things and services in their lives. They need things to maintain their health, they need things to make life more enjoyable. They need parts to make repairs to their belongings. They need really cool items to buy as gifts for others. They need better systems or processes to make things work more efficiently, which just means taking less time and less money and getting the same (or better) results. All over the world, people need things. In my own life, three needs that I’ve satisfied through purchasing something include X , Y , and Z . By purchasing them, they made my life easier because > . Generally, when people need something, they are willing to pay money for the solution. That’s why there are so many companies, all which provide products + solutions for people’s needs.”
Pssst: MAN I wish I could go back 17 years and give myself this talk! Would’ve saved me several adult years of banging my head against the wall trying to understand how to make money.
Step #2 : Task your child with identifying a need around the house/property/car.
What could this look like?
A Few Examples for you + your kiddo :
- Find a more efficient way to organize the “command center” in your home.
- Use Google Maps or another program to find a more efficient route for your commute.
- Organize the wood pile + create newspaper logs that are fireplace-ready.
- Find a better way to organize/clean/maintain the video game center in your home.
- Clean out your car (I used to do this for my parents!) + add a car trash can to the back area so that in the future the kids can just use that instead of throwing things on the ground.
- Introduce a better laundry system for the family’s clothes so that they actually all end up in the laundry room, sorted, and ready to be washed.
The possibilities are endless, and specific to what needs your child sees in your family life.
Step #3 : Once they’ve identified a need and come to you with it, you must decide if it’s worth it to you to move forward. Don’t be afraid if, after they’ve told you a need they think you have but that you don’t actually have, to tell them that it isn’t a current need of yours. Hey, the road to success is paved with failed products! This is excellent feedback so that they start to understand their “customer” and dig deeper. Perhaps they’ll even start to ask YOU what you want from them!
Step #4 : What are both of your expectations for this job so that you know when the job is completed correctly?
Let them tell you what they propose to accomplish and what that would look like.
Then you share what you, as a paying customer, expect in results. Hash this out if need be (just like a real negotiation between a biz and their potential client).
This includes a deadline.
Step #5 : Now you need to ask them for a price.
I know, I know. You might be wondering, “why on earth am I going to let my child choose how much I’m willing to pay them for something they want to do around the house? Isn’t it MY money?”
I totally get that. But remember that the nature of this lesson is to ignite that entrepreneurial spirit in them. Instead of you offering what you’re willing to pay, have them go through the exercise of pricing their efforts. Then the negotiations start.
This sets them up for good negotiation + valuation skills in the future.
Determine the market price you’ll pay, which is where their price (the supplier) and your price (based on how much you need what they’re offering + a dash of several other things) meets. $__________.
Step #6 : Your child completes the work + notifies you.
Step #7 : Using the checklist you both created, provide oversight and see if everything is as it was supposed to be.
Step #8 : Pay the agreed upon rate once everything is up to par. And if they don’t quite complete the project + deliver what they promised, it’s up to you whether you want to make a partial payment, or not pay at all (satisfaction guaranteed could be added to this lesson as well).
If your child makes it through this process, then they will have successfully figured out a “market” need, fulfilled it, and gotten paid from their initiative. This is something that will no doubt shape their futures.
And if they don’t quite succeed? Well the lessons are vast for all entrepreneurs as they traverse through the mistakes, failures, and successes.
It’s really a win-win situation.
Let me show you what I mean, with an example in my own life.
How I Used this Skill Set to Write My Own First Job Offer Worth $40,000 + Benefits
While some of my dorm mates were floundering around trying to find employment, I was busy enjoying my last two months of college before entering the “real world”.
Why is that? Because I had a job waiting for me. And the only reason why I had that job was I spotted a need in a local company, and wrote my way into it.
I had interned for an organization in my small college town, and they ended up building a start-up company set to open its doors sometime around when I was due to graduate. One day I asked them if I could have a full-time job there come June. The director looked at me, and said, “go ahead and write up a job description of what you propose you would do here. Then we’ll see.”
So I went back to my college dorm and worked on a job description. I thought about what the company was trying to achieve, and tied this into what I wanted to do with my life (at least what I thought I wanted to do at the time).
I wish I had saved a copy of the actual job description, but my sharp memory tells me it went something like this:
“Amanda L. Grossman will be the International Marketing & Sales contact at Chesapeake Fields. The International Marketing & Sales Person is responsible for researching new markets around the world where Chesapeake Fields’ products would be well received. Primary responsibilities include understanding these markets, making contact with potential wholesalers and distributors, sending samples, and being the brand ambassador for Chesapeake Fields within these markets.”
With one minor change − they put sales in front of marketing in my job title − I got an offer from them for $40,000 + benefits to do just that. Within the one year I worked there, I ended up negotiating an initial container load of $27,000 worth of our product to a major food retailer in Taiwan.
Unfortunately, my job AND that company went under not long after my first and only year there. But writing my way into a company right out of college based on a need I saw that I could fill? Well that was enough to impress future employers who then hired me.
See how lucrative learning this skill could be for your child? I’d love to hear below what needs (perceived or actual ones) your child comes up with to fulfill.
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Uh, I totally love this post! My hubby and I are both entrepreneurs and want to instill the same in our children... definitely going to use these tips!!
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*Squee*! Thanks, Lauren. I'd love to hear what your kiddos come up with:).
Business Lessons For High School Students
Owning your own business is part of the American Dream. You might be wondering how a person could start their own company. What steps should be taken? How much money do you need to have saved up prior to starting a business? As a high school student, this possibility might seem more like an impossibility. In order to start the process of running your own operation, the first thing to do is throw all doubt out the window. The next step is obtaining a great education!
High schools all over the United States have classes dedicated to teaching business, marketing, and economics. These classes cover all of the basics needed to start you on your path to success. When taking such classes, a variety of topics will be covered. For instance, economics are a large part of learning about business. In an economics course, you learn more about the various markets in the world, supply and demand, and how the markets fluctuate. You will also need to take some financing courses. These will cover the money basics and how it is important to save money, invest money, and even how to spend money (wisely, of course). Other important business classes include accounting, human resources, operations management, and information and technology management.
If you are truly interested in the world of business, you might consider taking courses over the summer months, just to keep your mind fresh and full of the most up-to-date information. As an exercise, you might even consider creating your own business plan. How do you do this? It is simple, really. Start with an idea that you think could be profitable. The next step in creating your very own company plan is to write a mission statement. This should contain the purpose of your company as well as a brief overview of how or why your company will be successful. To run a proper business, there should be an unmet need in the market that your company will fulfill.
Next comes the steps you will take to fulfill that need. In your plan, be sure to include everything you will need to meet the need of the market. This can include (but is not limited to) employees, machinery, investors, marketing, advertising, and office or warehouse space. Another important component of a business plan is a description of what your product or service actually does. Be sure to mention the feasibility of your company's product or service in this portion of the plan, also referred to as the business model. Also mention why someone would pay for what you are offering.
There are a few more steps to creating your plan. It is important to conduct an analysis of the current market. Take a look at other products that could be your competition. Look at what making your product or offering your services will actually cost you. Do not forget start-up costs! Before you turn a profit, you will need to spend some money. This may require you to ask of others in the form of investors. They are a great way for startups to get money to get your plan off the ground. Other aspects you might consider including in this portion are your sale projections and your qualifications for owning, running, and selling whatever it is that you are going to be doing.
Finally, here's the fun part: Once you have covered the previously mentioned topics, you get to be a little creative. Consider how you will market your product. What will your ads look like? What will your advertisements say? In what other ways will you promote your product? How will you educate people about your product or service? These are all great considerations for the marketing portion of your plan.
That is how you create a very basic business plan. Try doing so with your next great idea. It could just become a real company one day.
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Teaching Introduction to Business with Mini-Projects
- Mini-projects are quick, low-stakes assignments that help bolster student understanding
- When supplemented by MindTap activities and textbook readings, mini-projects help students relate course material to real-world applications
- Mini-projects can build student confidence in speaking, engaging with others and presenting in class
Dr . Elizabeth Cameron is a Professor of Law, Cybersecurity & Management at Alma College
Teaching Introduction to Business provides a unique opportunity to inspire students to study Business and kickstart their careers. Actively engaging students in class discussion can excite them about the course topics, improve assessment scores, increase Business majors and improve retention .
One way to do this is by using mini-projects. Mini-projects are quick, low stakes and engaging exercises that help students apply course material in a memorable way. The key is to not overcomplicate the exercises or make them too time consuming.
Professors can use a bonus point incentive to grade these or mark them as engagement points. I assign mini-projects frequently and don’t award points because students love them so much that they willingly do them. These projects are also scalable for larger classes and can be done in breakout rooms with the most interesting ideas being shared with the entire class.
As an instructor, I have found the “Why Does it Matter to Me?” and “Learn It” assignments in MindTap to be a great prelude to mini-projects. The “Why Does it Matter to Me?” assignments help students better understand why the content matters in real life. Then, when the professor links the pre-learning to a mini-project, it cements this knowledge. The “Learn It” sections are also great ways for students to learn terms, definitions and elements. All of this advance learning application in MindTap helps improve the value of mini-projects and results in higher assessment scores.
Below are some of the mini-projects with MindTap that have been successful in my Introduction to Business class. For these activities, I reference chapters in my Foundations of Business , 6th Edition text. All of these mini-projects can be done face-to-face or online with modifications.
1. What Motivates You?
This goal of this mini-project is to have students link motivation theories to real-life application.
Before Class : Have students read chapter 10 on motivating employees, complete MindTap assignment(s) and come prepared to share one item that motivates them.
During Class : Ask students to identify one strategy to motivate employees when money is not an option. This is fun because you will see students build on each other’s comments, whether in the classroom or online. As a follow up activity, ask students, “How would you motivate your classmates?” If you assign group work like I do, this helps your students encourage one another.
2. Stranded at Sea & The Key to Effective Decision-Making
This project focuses on building critical thinking and identifying a problem or opportunity in the decision-making process. I actually led this assignment on Microsoft Teams and it worked just as well as in person.
Before Class : Have students read assigned chapter 6 on management and complete the corresponding activities.
During Class : Go over the steps in the decision-making process then ask students to comment on which step they think is the most difficult. They will have a variety of answers, with few students saying it is hard to identify the problem or opportunity (as not everything is a problem).
Next comes the fun part. Tell an outrageous stranded at sea fact pattern using numbers based on the size of your class, such as:
“The students in the class are traveling by ship to Portugal for a business conference and a sudden storm erupts. The ship sinks into the ocean and the only survivors are the students in the class — all others have perished. Your professor is not with you and is unlikely to immediately look for you. No remains of the ship are visible. You see that four of the students are hurt, and six students have no life jackets.”
Then, have students sit on the floor and “tread water.” Ask, “What is your problem or opportunity?” Students will start with food, sharks, water, injured classmates, etc., which are all symptoms of a greater problem or opportunity. A student usually spots an island. If they don’t, you can interject with this fact.
Once students are on the island, ask the question again: “What is your problem or opportunity?” Students will suggest getting food, starting a fire, helping the injured, etc. Then ask, “Are your problems over once you reach the island?” Typically, at least one student will say no, and that the problem or opportunity is “How will we function? Who will lead and how will we survive?” If the problem or opportunity is misdiagnosed, more people will perish.
Whether online or in-person, make sure to have students “tread water” to put them in a real frame of mind. Also, make sure to embellish the facts each semester as this exercise becomes legendary.
After this exercise, students will have learned a valuable lesson that correctly diagnosing the problem or opportunity is key to effective decision making.
3. Product Classifications
This project helps students better understand the product classifications and how marketing tactics change for each classification.
Before Class : Have students read the content on consumer product classifications in chapter 12, complete MindTap assignments and come to class to class prepared to talk about a product they purchased and its classification (i.e., convenience product, shopping product, specialty product, etc.). I give an example of a unique woven beach mat I purchased while in Hawaii.
During Class : Students will bring a variety of examples such as food, clothing, sports equipment or technology. What is very helpful about this assignment is that students often misclassify these goods. They correct themselves and revise their classifications as they hear their classmates’ examples.
In person, students give answers in a round robin fashion. When teaching online, I allow students to give verbal answers or post in the chat. Students enjoy this activity because they like talking about what they purchase and why. They leave with a solid understanding of product classifications and how businesses market products differently.
4. Shark Tank Analysis
This project lets students pull together information from all chapters in the book and apply it to a real-life entrepreneurial venture. I discuss the assignment on the first day of class and have it submitted in the last few weeks of the course.
Before Class : Have students select an episode of Shark Tank and focus on one entrepreneur’s pitch. Students then write a one-page reflection on issues, concerns, recommendations and other connections to the course with little repetition of the facts.
During Class : Each student gives a five-minute presentation that demonstrates how their business learning applies to that entrepreneur’s pitch. Students also provide business recommendations to the entrepreneur. For online courses, you can use Bongo within MindTap to have students record a video presentation.
It’s amazing how students notice the topics that were covered in the course. I was also very surprised by which Shark Tank episodes interest students and how fun these class discussions are. For example, “ Squatty Potty ” was more engaging and hilarious than expected. If you have many sections or a large class, consider putting students into teams for this project.
5. Vacations and Hotel Stays
This mini-project aligns with the chapter on marketing and market segmentation. This is a new concept for most students and not always easy to understand.
Before Class : Have students read chapter 11 on building customer relations, complete MindTap assignments and think about a vacation they took, jotting down where they lodged and why.
During Class : Do a market segmentation mapping on the physical or virtual whiteboard with all the places students have stayed. Student answers typically include cheaper hotels (i.e., Super 8) mid-range (i.e., Holiday Inn) above mid-range (i.e., Sheraton) and some real high end (i.e., Ritz-Carlton). For online classes, expect the chat feature to blow up as students really engage with this activity.
After this exercise, students will better understand target markets and the ways that businesses segment the market to target a service or product to a specific group of people.
6. Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
This project aligns with the “building customer relationships through effective marketing” marketing chapter and sub-topic. The exercise blends discussion on effective CRM, best management practices, marketing follow-up and effective business communication.
Before Class : Have students read chapter 11 on building customer relationships, complete MindTap assignments and think about a business that they continue to frequent because of great customer relationship management. Or, have them consider a business that has lost their patronage and why.
During Class : I put students into groups to discuss, then have them share their most interesting CRM story with the class. When time permits, I let all students share their stories.
After listening to their classmates’ stories on effective and ineffective CRM, students have a better understanding of the importance of a solid CRM plan.
Final Thoughts on Teaching Introduction to Business
Mini-projects are fun for discussion, but they also build student confidence in speaking, engaging with others and presenting in class. As an unintended benefit, these mini-projects also improve attendance, college retention and class friendships.
Every professor can benefit by letting students do more of the discussion. I believe learning goes full circle, and that professors learn as much from our students as they do from us. And above all, students learn a lot from each other. Share the floor, and you will find students more engaged and more excited about the material and your course.
For more teaching resources, check out this post on promoting student collaboration virtually and in person.
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7 Best Marketing Lesson Plans and Projects for High School
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For nearly 10 years, Bri has focused on creating content to address the questions and concerns educators have about teaching classes, preparing students for certifications, and making the most of the iCEV curriculum system.
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As a business curriculum provider, we speak with thousands of high school business teachers every year.
Many of these teachers are looking for new ways to teach marketing and often ask how iCEV can help.
While we provide marketing lessons and activities as part of the courses in our business education curriculum , our solution may not be the best fit for everyone.
iCEV is comprehensive curriculum system designed to teach dozens of topics s uch as marketing , entrepreneurship , professional communications , and more.
But some teachers are only looking for a supplemental lesson to fill a gap in their marketing curriculum. And others are in search of a resource that will fill a year-long marketing course.
To help you find the resource that best meets your needs, we’ve compiled a list of other popular options.
Seven places you can find high school marketing lesson plans and projects are:
- Mr. George’s Academics
- Money Instructor
- Wharton Global Youth Program
- Gavin Middleton
In this post, we’ll dive into the specifics of what’s included with each marketing resource and where each one works best.
You’ll also find a ready-to-use marketing lesson and presentation that you can implement in your classroom in minutes!
1. Mr. George’s Academics
Mr. George’s Academics is a teacher’s website filled with all of the resources he uses to teach marketing concepts and skills.
You’ll find writing assignments, lecture materials, student handouts, video links, and more organized into ten units:
- Intro to marketing
- Target markets
- Product strategy
- Place strategy
- Price strategy
- Promotion strategy
- Market research
- Marketing plans
- Personal branding
Though there are a lot of resources here, they can all work independently from one another.
So you can pick and choose whichever materials will best suit your needs throughout the semester.
That makes Mr. George’s Academics a good place to find supplemental resources to mix in with your other marketing class materials.
BizKid$ is a website filled with resources to educate young people on personal finance and business skills.
Though their main focus is on providing student resources, BizKid$ also offers lesson plans that teachers can use in the classroom.
Among these lesson plans, you’ll find one focused on the marketing mix designed to help students:
- Identify the components of the marketing mix
- Improve business communication skills
- Learn basic financial terms
To help students hit these objectives, BizKid$ provides a video, a family activity, a definition document, and three student worksheets.
Altogether this lesson will take about one class period for you to work through.
So, if you’re in need of a single resource focused on the marketing mix, this lesson plan from BizKid$ could be a great fit.
3. Money Instructor
Money Instructor is a membership-based organization focused on helping students learn personal finance, business, career, and life skills.
When you register as a member ($29.95 per year), you gain access to dozens of resources, including three lessons on business marketing and sales:
- Introduction to Business Marketing
- Selling Techniques
- Basic Principles of Marketing
Altogether, you could fill one to two week’s worth of classes if you incorporate all three of these lessons.
As a result, Money Instructor is a good choice if you need multiple units that cover marketing concepts!
4. Marketing Lessons from Wharton Global Youth Program
The Wharton Global Youth Program is an online community created by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
It’s dedicated to helping high school students understand business concepts, personal finance, college preparation, and career readiness.
The Wharton Global Youth site is filled with lesson plans, business articles, videos and more to support teachers in covering important business topics. The marketing resources are categorized into six overarching topics:
- Foundations of Marketing
- Consumers and Their Behavior
- External Factors
- The Marketing Mix
- Marketing Research
- The Marketing Plan
Each topic has a variety of lessons and materials that specifically align with NBEA standards .
Overall, if you need a few days’ worth of basic marketing lessons that also hit NBEA standards, Wharton could be the right option for you.
5. CTE Online
CTE Online is a free education website filled with lesson plans, projects, and other resources for career and technical education teachers.
The resources are organized according to the 16 CTE pathways , resulting in a number of items specifically focused on the marketing career cluster.
The most popular marketing resource on CTE Online is the Marketing - CTE Online Model .
This curriculum includes dozens of lessons across 19 units:
- Career Research
- Employment Portfolio
- Interpersonal Communications and Leadership Skills
- The World of Marketing
- Business and Society
- Skills for Marketing
- Marketing Information Management
- Product and Service Management
- Financial Services
- Business Ethics and Social Responsibilities
- Information Technologies
- Human Resource Essentials
- Public Speaking
Altogether, the curriculum provides enough content to fill a 180-hour marketing course.
So, if you need a full-fledged year-long marketing curriculum, CTE Online should have you covered.
6. Marketing Lesson Bundle from Gavin Middleton
Gavin Middleton is a well-known publisher on the Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) online marketplace.
He has more than 200 products available on TpT, including a bundle of marketing lessons, activities, and projects .
The bundle costs $74.95 and 564 pages of materials to help you teach a variety of topics, including:
- Marketing basics
- Marketing trends
- Digital marketing
- Product life cycles
- Product placement
- TV and internet ads
- Social media marketing
All together this marketing bundle will fill a semester-long marketing course while helping you provide a well-rounded marketing curriculum.
As a result, this resource from Gavin Middleton would work best for a teacher in need of a full marketing curriculum for a semester-long course.
7. Marketing Curriculum from Tech Twins
Tech Twins is another popular vendor on TpT with a marketing curriculum bundle .
This full year course costs $288 and includes a variety of resources to help students learn about:
- An introduction to marketing
- Economics and marketing
- Ethics and social responsibility
- Consumers and competition
- Product development and branding
- Price and distribution
- Advertising and promotion
- The marketing plan
To help you teach these topics, Tech Twins provides 480 pages of reading materials, lectures, worksheets, activities, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.
That means if you’re looking for a robust marketing curriculum , Tech Twins could be just what you need.
Which Marketing Lessons Are Right for Your Classes?
At the end of the day, choosing the “best” marketing lessons and projects depends on the needs of you, your course, and your students.
Here’s how each resource fits into the two most common scenarios we hear from high school business teachers.
A Full Marketing Curriculum
If you need an in-depth curriculum for a specific marketing course, these options could be a good fit:
Supplemental Marketing Lessons
If you’re looking for supplemental marketing lessons and activities to mix things up, these resources could be good choices:
- George’s Academics
Any one of these resources can act as an excellent supplement to your existing curriculum.
However, if you’re like most business teachers, you likely teach marketing as only a small part of your business program.
Teach Marketing as Part of a Comprehensive Curriculum
If you need a comprehensive curriculum to teach marketing among other business concepts and skills, consider checking out the iCEV Business, Marketing, Finance, IT and Media curriculum .
iCEV offers pre-built, fully customizable courses in a wide range of business subjects, including Introduction to Business and Marketing, Advanced Marketing, and Marketing Practicum.
Because of the variety of content available, it’s a great option to teach courses throughout the business management and administration pathway.
Overall, iCEV helps you save time with planning by providing lesson plans, class activities, multimedia lessons, hands-on projects, assessments, and more.
To see if the curriculum is the right fit for your needs, download a free marketing sample lesson . This lesson presentation helps you introduce the principles of marketing, market segments, marketing mix, and more.
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7 Favorite Business Case Studies to Teach—and Why
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The Army Crew Team . Emily Michelle David of CEIBS
ATH Technologies . Devin Shanthikumar of Paul Merage School of Business
Fabritek 1992 . Rob Austin of Ivey Business School
Lincoln Electric Co . Karin Schnarr of Wilfrid Laurier University
Pal’s Sudden Service—Scaling an Organizational Model to Drive Growth . Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School
The United States Air Force: ‘Chaos’ in the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron . Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School
Warren E. Buffett, 2015 . Robert F. Bruner of Darden School of Business
To dig into what makes a compelling case study, we asked seven experienced educators who teach with—and many who write—business case studies: “What is your favorite case to teach and why?”
The resulting list of case study favorites ranges in topics from operations management and organizational structure to rebel leaders and whodunnit dramas.
1. The Army Crew Team
Emily Michelle David, Assistant Professor of Management, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
“I love teaching The Army Crew Team case because it beautifully demonstrates how a team can be so much less than the sum of its parts.
I deliver the case to executives in a nearby state-of-the-art rowing facility that features rowing machines, professional coaches, and shiny red eight-person shells.
After going through the case, they hear testimonies from former members of Chinese national crew teams before carrying their own boat to the river for a test race.
The rich learning environment helps to vividly underscore one of the case’s core messages: competition can be a double-edged sword if not properly managed.
Executives in Emily Michelle David’s organizational behavior class participate in rowing activities at a nearby facility as part of her case delivery.
Despite working for an elite headhunting firm, the executives in my most recent class were surprised to realize how much they’ve allowed their own team-building responsibilities to lapse. In the MBA pre-course, this case often leads to a rich discussion about common traps that newcomers fall into (for example, trying to do too much, too soon), which helps to poise them to both stand out in the MBA as well as prepare them for the lateral team building they will soon engage in.
Finally, I love that the post-script always gets a good laugh and serves as an early lesson that organizational behavior courses will seldom give you foolproof solutions for specific problems but will, instead, arm you with the ability to think through issues more critically.”
2. ATH Technologies
Devin Shanthikumar, Associate Professor of Accounting, Paul Merage School of Business
“As a professor at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, and before that at Harvard Business School, I have probably taught over 100 cases. I would like to say that my favorite case is my own, Compass Box Whisky Company . But as fun as that case is, one case beats it: ATH Technologies by Robert Simons and Jennifer Packard.
ATH presents a young entrepreneurial company that is bought by a much larger company. As part of the merger, ATH gets an ‘earn-out’ deal—common among high-tech industries. The company, and the class, must decide what to do to achieve the stretch earn-out goals.
ATH captures a scenario we all want to be in at some point in our careers—being part of a young, exciting, growing organization. And a scenario we all will likely face—having stretch goals that seem almost unreachable.
It forces us, as a class, to really struggle with what to do at each stage.
After we read and discuss the A case, we find out what happens next, and discuss the B case, then the C, then D, and even E. At every stage, we can:
see how our decisions play out,
figure out how to build on our successes, and
address our failures.
The case is exciting, the class discussion is dynamic and energetic, and in the end, we all go home with a memorable ‘ah-ha!’ moment.
I have taught many great cases over my career, but none are quite as fun, memorable, and effective as ATH .”
3. Fabritek 1992
Rob Austin, Professor of Information Systems, Ivey Business School
“This might seem like an odd choice, but my favorite case to teach is an old operations case called Fabritek 1992 .
The latest version of Fabritek 1992 is dated 2009, but it is my understanding that this is a rewrite of a case that is older (probably much older). There is a Fabritek 1969 in the HBP catalog—same basic case, older dates, and numbers. That 1969 version lists no authors, so I suspect the case goes even further back; the 1969 version is, I’m guessing, a rewrite of an even older version.
There are many things I appreciate about the case. Here are a few:
It operates as a learning opportunity at many levels. At first it looks like a not-very-glamorous production job scheduling case. By the end of the case discussion, though, we’re into (operations) strategy and more. It starts out technical, then explodes into much broader relevance. As I tell participants when I’m teaching HBP's Teaching with Cases seminars —where I often use Fabritek as an example—when people first encounter this case, they almost always underestimate it.
It has great characters—especially Arthur Moreno, who looks like a troublemaker, but who, discussion reveals, might just be the smartest guy in the factory. Alums of the Harvard MBA program have told me that they remember Arthur Moreno many years later.
Almost every word in the case is important. It’s only four and a half pages of text and three pages of exhibits. This economy of words and sparsity of style have always seemed like poetry to me. I should note that this super concise, every-word-matters approach is not the ideal we usually aspire to when we write cases. Often, we include extra or superfluous information because part of our teaching objective is to provide practice in separating what matters from what doesn’t in a case. Fabritek takes a different approach, though, which fits it well.
It has a dramatic structure. It unfolds like a detective story, a sort of whodunnit. Something is wrong. There is a quality problem, and we’re not sure who or what is responsible. One person, Arthur Moreno, looks very guilty (probably too obviously guilty), but as we dig into the situation, there are many more possibilities. We spend in-class time analyzing the data (there’s a bit of math, so it covers that base, too) to determine which hypotheses are best supported by the data. And, realistically, the data doesn’t support any of the hypotheses perfectly, just some of them more than others. Also, there’s a plot twist at the end (I won’t reveal it, but here’s a hint: Arthur Moreno isn’t nearly the biggest problem in the final analysis). I have had students tell me the surprising realization at the end of the discussion gives them ‘goosebumps.’
Finally, through the unexpected plot twist, it imparts what I call a ‘wisdom lesson’ to young managers: not to be too sure of themselves and to regard the experiences of others, especially experts out on the factory floor, with great seriousness.”
4. Lincoln Electric Co.
Karin Schnarr, Assistant Professor of Policy, Wilfrid Laurier University
“As a strategy professor, my favorite case to teach is the classic 1975 Harvard case Lincoln Electric Co. by Norman Berg.
I use it to demonstrate to students the theory linkage between strategy and organizational structure, management processes, and leadership behavior.
This case may be an odd choice for a favorite. It occurs decades before my students were born. It is pages longer than we are told students are now willing to read. It is about manufacturing arc welding equipment in Cleveland, Ohio—a hard sell for a Canadian business classroom.
Yet, I have never come across a case that so perfectly illustrates what I want students to learn about how a company can be designed from an organizational perspective to successfully implement its strategy.
And in a time where so much focus continues to be on how to maximize shareholder value, it is refreshing to be able to discuss a publicly-traded company that is successfully pursuing a strategy that provides a fair value to shareholders while distributing value to employees through a large bonus pool, as well as value to customers by continually lowering prices.
However, to make the case resonate with today’s students, I work to make it relevant to the contemporary business environment. I link the case to multimedia clips about Lincoln Electric’s current manufacturing practices, processes, and leadership practices. My students can then see that a model that has been in place for generations is still viable and highly successful, even in our very different competitive situation.”
5. Pal’s Sudden Service—Scaling an Organizational Model to Drive Growth
Gary Pisano, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“My favorite case to teach these days is Pal’s Sudden Service—Scaling an Organizational Model to Drive Growth .
I love teaching this case for three reasons:
1. It demonstrates how a company in a super-tough, highly competitive business can do very well by focusing on creating unique operating capabilities. In theory, Pal’s should have no chance against behemoths like McDonalds or Wendy’s—but it thrives because it has built a unique operating system. It’s a great example of a strategic approach to operations in action.
2. The case shows how a strategic approach to human resource and talent development at all levels really matters. This company competes in an industry not known for engaging its front-line workers. The case shows how engaging these workers can really pay off.
3. Finally, Pal’s is really unusual in its approach to growth. Most companies set growth goals (usually arbitrary ones) and then try to figure out how to ‘backfill’ the human resource and talent management gaps. They trust you can always find someone to do the job. Pal’s tackles the growth problem completely the other way around. They rigorously select and train their future managers. Only when they have a manager ready to take on their own store do they open a new one. They pace their growth off their capacity to develop talent. I find this really fascinating and so do the students I teach this case to.”
6. The United States Air Force: ‘Chaos’ in the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron
Francesca Gino, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
“My favorite case to teach is The United States Air Force: ‘Chaos’ in the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron .
The case surprises students because it is about a leader, known in the unit by the nickname Chaos , who inspired his squadron to be innovative and to change in a culture that is all about not rocking the boat, and where there is a deep sense that rules should simply be followed.
For years, I studied ‘rebels,’ people who do not accept the status quo; rather, they approach work with curiosity and produce positive change in their organizations. Chaos is a rebel leader who got the level of cultural change right. Many of the leaders I’ve met over the years complain about the ‘corporate culture,’ or at least point to clear weaknesses of it; but then they throw their hands up in the air and forget about changing what they can.
Chaos is different—he didn’t go after the ‘Air Force’ culture. That would be like boiling the ocean.
Instead, he focused on his unit of control and command: The 99th squadron. He focused on enabling that group to do what it needed to do within the confines of the bigger Air Force culture. In the process, he inspired everyone on his team to be the best they can be at work.
The case leaves the classroom buzzing and inspired to take action.”
7. Warren E. Buffett, 2015
Robert F. Bruner, Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business
“I love teaching Warren E. Buffett, 2015 because it energizes, exercises, and surprises students.
Buffett looms large in the business firmament and therefore attracts anyone who is eager to learn his secrets for successful investing. This generates the kind of energy that helps to break the ice among students and instructors early in a course and to lay the groundwork for good case discussion practices.
Studying Buffett’s approach to investing helps to introduce and exercise important themes that will resonate throughout a course. The case challenges students to define for themselves what it means to create value. The case discussion can easily be tailored for novices or for more advanced students.
Either way, this is not hero worship: The case affords a critical examination of the financial performance of Buffett’s firm, Berkshire Hathaway, and reveals both triumphs and stumbles. Most importantly, students can critique the purported benefits of Buffett’s conglomeration strategy and the sustainability of his investment record as the size of the firm grows very large.
By the end of the class session, students seem surprised with what they have discovered. They buzz over the paradoxes in Buffett’s philosophy and performance record. And they come away with sober respect for Buffett’s acumen and for the challenges of creating value for investors.
Surely, such sobriety is a meta-message for any mastery of finance.”
More Educator Favorites
Emily Michelle David is an assistant professor of management at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Her current research focuses on discovering how to make workplaces more welcoming for people of all backgrounds and personality profiles to maximize performance and avoid employee burnout. David’s work has been published in a number of scholarly journals, and she has worked as an in-house researcher at both NASA and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Devin Shanthikumar is an associate professor and the accounting area coordinator at UCI Paul Merage School of Business. She teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive-level courses in managerial accounting. Shanthikumar previously served on the faculty at Harvard Business School, where she taught both financial accounting and managerial accounting for MBAs, and wrote cases that are used in accounting courses across the country.
Robert D. Austin is a professor of information systems at Ivey Business School and an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He has published widely, authoring nine books, more than 50 cases and notes, three Harvard online products, and two popular massive open online courses (MOOCs) running on the Coursera platform.
Karin Schnarr is an assistant professor of policy and the director of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where she teaches strategic management at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. Schnarr has published several award-winning and best-selling cases and regularly presents at international conferences on case writing and scholarship.
Gary P. Pisano is the Harry E. Figgie, Jr. Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean of faculty development at Harvard Business School, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. Pisano is an expert in the fields of technology and operations strategy, the management of innovation, and competitive strategy. His research and consulting experience span a range of industries including aerospace, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, health care, nutrition, computers, software, telecommunications, and semiconductors.
Francesca Gino studies how people can have more productive, creative, and fulfilling lives. She is a professor at Harvard Business School and the author, most recently, of Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life . Gino regularly gives keynote speeches, delivers corporate training programs, and serves in advisory roles for firms and not-for-profit organizations across the globe.
Robert F. Bruner is a university professor at the University of Virginia, distinguished professor of business administration, and dean emeritus of the Darden School of Business. He has also held visiting appointments at Harvard and Columbia universities in the United States, at INSEAD in France, and at IESE in Spain. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books on finance, management, and teaching. Currently, he teaches and writes in finance and management.
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Empowering Teen Entrepreneurs: A Comprehensive Guide
Unlock your entrepreneurial potential with this comprehensive guide designed for teens looking to start a business in high school. Packed with valuable insights and actionable tips, this resource will empower young entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into successful ventures while balancing academics and personal growth. Take the first step towards becoming a teen business owner and make a lasting impact on your future!
In a world where innovation and creativity are highly valued, high school students are increasingly discovering their potential as budding entrepreneurs. The desire to make a difference and transform ideas into successful ventures transcends age, making entrepreneurship an exciting and rewarding path for young minds. If you're a high school student with dreams of starting your own business, we'll delve into essential aspects of entrepreneurship, from idea generation to execution, while offering practical advice on balancing your academic and personal life. So, let's ignite your entrepreneurial spirit and embark on a journey that will shape your future and redefine what's possible for young business owners!
Benefits of Starting a Business in High School
- develop essential life skills.
Teen entrepreneurs learn to navigate real-world challenges, fostering essential life skills such as time management , problem-solving , communication , decision-making , leadership , financial literacy , adaptability , and resilience . By honing these abilities early on, young business owners lay a strong foundation for personal and professional success. Moreover, these skills contribute to their venture's growth and prove beneficial in various aspects of life, from academics and career opportunities to personal relationships and financial stability.
- Gain real-world experience
Gaining real-world experience is a significant benefit of starting a business in high school, as it allows young entrepreneurs to apply theoretical knowledge in practical situations. This hands-on exposure complements classroom learning and offers invaluable insights into the intricacies of operating a business. Teen entrepreneurs learn firsthand about various aspects such as product development, marketing, customer relations, and financial management . These experiences foster a deeper understanding of business concepts and help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Additionally, real-world experience can enhance a student's college applications and future employment prospects, showcasing their ability to take initiative, adapt to different scenarios, and effectively manage responsibilities.
- Boost self-confidence
Boosting self-confidence is a notable benefit of starting a business in high school, as it empowers young entrepreneurs to believe in their capabilities and overcome challenges . Successfully managing a business at a young age demonstrates determination, resilience, and resourcefulness – qualities that contribute to increased self-esteem. As teen entrepreneurs navigate the complexities of running a venture, they develop a sense of accomplishment by achieving milestones and overcoming obstacles . This growth in confidence enables them to take calculated risks, make informed decisions, and tackle future challenges with greater assurance. Furthermore, enhanced self-confidence can positively impact a student's life, including academic performance, social interactions, and personal development.
- Expand network
Expanding one's network is a significant benefit of starting a business in high school, as it exposes young entrepreneurs to a diverse range of people, including fellow business owners, mentors, and industry professionals. These connections can offer invaluable insights, guidance, and resources that contribute to the growth and success of a teen's venture. Building a strong network early on can also open doors to future opportunities , collaborations , and partnerships , giving young entrepreneurs a competitive edge in their chosen fields.
- Enhance college applications
Enhancing college applications is a noteworthy benefit of starting a business in high school, as it demonstrates a student's initiative, leadership, and determination to admissions officers. Showcasing entrepreneurial experience on college applications can set candidates apart from their peers, highlighting their ability to think creatively, manage responsibilities , and persevere through challenges. Colleges often seek students with strong work ethic, problem-solving skills, and the capacity to contribute positively to their campus community. A young entrepreneur's business experience showcases these qualities and indicates that they are likely to be proactive and engaged learners. Additionally, entrepreneurship may open up opportunities for scholarships or specialized programs aimed at fostering innovation and leadership .
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Business Ideas for High School Trailblazers
- tutoring service.
A tutoring service is an excellent business idea for high schoolers, as it capitalizes on their academic strengths and fosters a spirit of mentorship among peers. By offering subject-specific support, young entrepreneurs can help fellow students overcome challenges , improve their grades , and build confidence in their abilities . This venture not only allows high schoolers to earn money but also reinforces their own knowledge and expertise in their chosen subjects. Moreover, running a tutoring service cultivates essential skills such as communication, leadership, and patience, which are invaluable both in academics and future professional endeavors..
- Custom merchandise
Custom merchandise is an ideal business idea for high schoolers, as it allows them to tap into their creative talents while catering to their peers' unique needs and preferences. By designing and producing custom apparel and accessories for school clubs, sports teams , or special events, young entrepreneurs can create a niche market within their own community. This venture promotes collaboration, negotiation, and marketing skills, as students work closely with clients to bring their visions to life.
Additionally, custom merchandise businesses offer opportunities to learn about production processes , supply chain management , and e-commerce platforms . As a result, high school students can develop a well-rounded understanding of running a business while fostering school spirit and pride. Furthermore, a successful custom merchandise venture showcases a student's artistic abilities, entrepreneurial mindset, and commitment to supporting their fellow classmates, all of which are impressive qualities to present on college applications and future job pursuits .
- Event planning
Event planning is a fantastic business idea for high schoolers, as it allows them to hone their organizational , leadership , and communication skills while bringing memorable experiences to their school and community. By specializing in organizing events such as dances, fundraisers, or club functions, young entrepreneurs can demonstrate their ability to manage multiple tasks , coordinate with various stakeholders , and adapt to unforeseen challenges . This venture also allows high school students to showcase their creativity and resourcefulness by designing unique themes, decorations, and promotional materials. Furthermore, event planning fosters teamwork and collaboration, as students often need to work closely with other students, school staff, and vendors to ensure the success of each event.
- Social media consulting
Social media consulting is a brilliant business idea for high schoolers, as it capitalizes on their innate understanding of social media platforms and their ability to connect with their peers. Young entrepreneurs can transform their digital savviness into a marketable service by offering guidance on managing and optimizing social media accounts for clubs, local businesses, or individuals. This venture allows students to develop essential skills such as content creation , branding , analytics , and audience engagement , which are highly sought-after in today's digital landscape . As they assist clients in building their online presence and achieving their goals, these young consultants gain practical experience and demonstrate their ability to adapt and excel in a rapidly evolving field.
- Art and design
Art and design is a remarkable business idea for high schoolers, allowing them to channel their artistic talents into a profitable and fulfilling venture. By offering services like custom illustrations, graphic design, or logo creation, young entrepreneurs can cater to the diverse needs of their school community, local businesses, and beyond. This pursuit provides an avenue for students to express their creativity and helps them develop essential skills such as time management , project coordination , and client communication . As they build their portfolio and reputation, high schoolers can showcase their unique artistic abilities and commitment to professional growth, which are valuable assets for college applications and future employment opportunities. Moreover, engaging in art and design as a business venture encourages students to explore various mediums, styles, and techniques, enabling them to expand their skill set and adapt to the ever-evolving creative industry.
- Chartiable initiative
A charitable initiative is a commendable business idea for high schoolers, as it allows them to impact their community while developing essential life skills positively . By creating and managing a social enterprise that addresses local issues or supports specific causes, young entrepreneurs can demonstrate their empathy , leadership , and problem-solving abilities . As they work towards their philanthropic goals, high schoolers gain invaluable experience in project management, fundraising, marketing, and event organization. These skills, coupled with the altruistic nature of the initiative, are desirable to colleges and future employers , making a charitable enterprise a rewarding and purpose-driven business idea for ambitious high school students.
Tips for Launching a Successful High School Business
- identify your passion and skillset.
Identifying your passion and skillset is a crucial first step for high school students looking to start a business. By focusing on an area that genuinely interests you and aligns with your talents, you'll be more motivated and committed to making your venture a success. Passion drives innovation and creativity, while leveraging your skills ensures you can offer your target market a valuable product or service. To identify your passion and skillset, reflect on your hobbies , strengths , and the subjects that excite you the most. Consider combining these elements to create a unique and viable business idea. Remember, as a high school student, pursuing a venture that resonates with your interests and abilities will make the entrepreneurial journey more enjoyable and increase your chances of long-term success.
- Create a unique selling proposition
Creating a unique selling proposition (USP) is a crucial aspect of differentiating your business from competitors in the market. A USP is a specific feature , benefit , or quality that sets your product or service apart, making it more appealing to potential customers. To develop an effective USP, understand your target audience's needs and preferences, and analyze your competitors to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Then, list your strengths and select one or more key differentiators that truly set you apart.
- Network with local businesses and organizations
Networking with local businesses and organizations is an invaluable strategy for growing your business and increasing its visibility within the community. Networking allows you to learn from the experiences and insights of others, which can help you overcome challenges and make better-informed decisions. Participate in local business events, join relevant clubs or associations, and actively engage in conversations on social media platforms to foster strong relationships that can benefit your business in the long run.
- Offer exceptional customer service
Offering exceptional customer service is vital for building a loyal customer base and setting your business apart. Providing prompt, friendly, and personalized support demonstrates that you genuinely care about your customers' needs and satisfaction. This helps retain existing customers and encourages word-of-mouth referrals , which can lead to new business opportunities. To achieve exceptional customer service, always be accessible , responsive , and attentive to your customers' concerns or inquiries. Encourage feedback and reviews to gain insights into areas that may need improvement and address any issues or problems promptly and professionally. Remember, exceptional customer service can turn casual customers into loyal brand advocates, ultimately contributing to your business's long-term success .
- Seek mentorship
Seeking mentorship is a valuable strategy for young entrepreneurs looking to develop their skills, gain knowledge, and increase their chances of business success. A mentor is an experienced professional who can provide guidance, support, and advice based on their own experiences and expertise. By establishing a mentor-mentee relationship, you can gain invaluable insights into the challenges and opportunities that come with running a business, as well as learn from the mistakes and successes of others. Mentors can also help you expand your professional network, connect you with potential partners or customers, and offer a sounding board for your ideas and plans. To find a suitable mentor, reach out to successful entrepreneurs within your industry, join entrepreneurship clubs or programs, or attend networking events. Remember to be open-minded, respectful, and eager to learn from your mentor's wisdom, as this relationship can significantly contribute to your personal and professional growth.
- Stay persistent and adaptable
Staying persistent and adaptable is essential for any entrepreneur, particularly when facing the inevitable challenges and uncertainties of starting and running a business. Balancing persistence and adaptability allows you to remain resilient and agile in a constantly changing business landscape, increasing your chances of long-term success. Embrace a growth mindset, be open to learning from failures, and stay flexible to navigate the entrepreneurial journey effectively.
Building A Successful Business in High School
Embarking on an entrepreneurial journey as a high school student can be both challenging and rewarding. By seeking mentorship, offering exceptional customer service, staying persistent and adaptable, and leveraging available resources, young entrepreneurs can increase their chances of success in the business world. It is crucial to remember that balancing academic responsibilities with business pursuits requires effective time management and dedication. Navigating the world of entrepreneurship at a young age can provide invaluable life lessons, foster personal growth, and set the stage for future achievements. As more resources and support become available to high school entrepreneurs, the potential for innovation and success continues to grow, shaping the next generation of business leaders.
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Considering majoring in business once you start college? Having some relevant knowledge and skills before you even graduate high school is a great way to set yourself up for success, and one of the best ways to get hands-on experience is through an internship or summer course. However, summer business programs for high school students that are both high-quality and affordable can be hard to find. That's where we come in! We've compiled a list of the 12 best business opportunities for high schoolers, including free summer business programs for high school students, so that you can begin college with excellent experience.
How Can High School Students Learn About Business Careers?
If you're interested in a career in business, there are multiple ways you can get more knowledge and experience in the field before even graduating high school. Below are the three best ways high school students can get business experience.
Job shadowing is an experience where you spend a day or a few days observing a professional on the job. Job shadowing is popular with high school students because it introduces them to different careers and helps them decide which jobs would be the best fit for them. It can also be a great fallback option if you can't find an internship willing to take on a high schooler.
In general, job shadowing involves following one worker, often called a mentor, as they go about their work day. A job shadow mostly involves listening and observing, but they often give you the chance to perform some simple job duties. For a business-related job shadow, you might see projects they're working on and sit in on meetings.
Internships are the best way to get an idea of what working in a particular industry will be like. An internship is a short-term job that allows the worker, or intern, to gain introductory experience in a certain profession. As a business intern, you'll work under a program developer or similar person and gain hands-on and practical experience you can use for future business jobs.
However, it can be difficult to get one of these internships, especially if you're still in high school. This is particularly true for high schoolers interested in business internships because there are so many business majors and MBA students looking for the same thing, so competition is tough. However, we've listed several options for summer business internships for high school students in the next section.
12 Business Opportunities for High School Students
Below are 12 business programs for high schoolers, organized into two categories: free and fee-based. For each, we give info on location, length of time, and cost, as well as an overview of what you can expect from the experience and what skills you can get from it.
Free Summer Business Programs for High School Students
The University of Houston's EXPLORE Business Summer Institute
- Houston, TX
- Length: 5-7 days
- Grades Eligible: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
The Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston offers excellent free summer business programs for high school students. There are two programs: The EXPLORE Entrepreneurship Institute teaches participants how to start their own business and is taught by actual CEOs and business leaders. The Accounting Careers Awareness Program is specifically designed for students who want to pursue accounting careers and introduces basic accounting concepts as well as different job opportunities available in the accounting field.
Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management
- Cambridge, MA
- Length: 1 week
- Grades Eligible: Rising and recently graduated seniors
Harvard Business School offers a free summer business program for high school students specifically designed for students from a variety of underrepresented groups. The weeklong program is designed around the case method, which Harvard describes as " an interactive process in which students and faculty teach and learn from each other. HBS cases are first-hand accounts of actual management problems that stem from a variety of interdependent factors and span all aspects of business." Participants will perform analyses and recommend a course of action, similar to projects college students at Harvard Business School complete. A major bonus to the program is that all costs, including room and board, are covered, but be aware the program is quite competitive to get into.
Jimerson Birr Internship
- Jacksonville, FL
- Length: 4-6 weeks
- Grades Eligible: All current high school students
Jimerson Birr is a Florida-based business law firm that offers internships for high school students in areas such as accounting, marketing, legal services, and information technology. Internships last 4-6 weeks and include "real, substantive work" in multiple areas of business administration. The firm emphasizes a positive work experience and is regularly included on lists of the best places to work in Florida.
Bank of America Student Leaders Internships
- Location varies
- Length: 8 weeks
- Grades Eligible: Rising juniors and seniors
Each year, Bank of America sponsors 300 high school students in communities across the US to complete paid internships at local nonprofits. The internships are not all business-related, but you're able to list preferences, and BoA works to match you with an appropriate internship. In addition to the internship, participants will attend a national leadership summit in Washington DC where they'll meet other students and learn leadership skills.
Wharton Global Youth Program
- Length: 2 weeks
- Grades Eligible: All high school students
The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business is one of the top-ranked business programs in the world. And you can experience it as a high school student if you participate in their Global Youth Program. For two weeks, Monday through Friday, participants will log into the program and experience a mixture of lectures, small group discussions, group projects, and individual work. The project focuses on developing leadership, teamwork, and communication skills and culminates in a simulated trip to Saturn where groups must "navigate the obstacles of interstellar travel to achieve the goals of the mission."
Fee-Based High School Summer Business Programs
These seven summer business programs for high school students are all either from high-ranking business schools or well-reviewed organizations. It's quite common for colleges to offer summer business programs, so, if you're looking for an opportunity at a specific college, search for "summer high school programs" on the school website to see what options come up.
The Michigan Ross Summer Business Academy
- Ann Arbor, MI (currently virtual for 2022)
- Grades Eligible: rising seniors
- Cost: $2,950
The University of Michigan's Ross Business offers a two-week introductory program to the business world. Students divide their time between classes (taught by business faculty), group projects, field trips, and lectures by guest speakers. As part of a group, you'll work with a local company to design a project that solves a real-world problem they have, similar to projects college business students complete. The coursework is college-level in difficulty and is a good introduction to future business classes.
Boston College Business and Leadership Institute
- Grades Eligible: rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Cost: $3,600 ($2,100 for commuters)
The BLI program at Boston College is a bit different from other summer business programs in that it focuses more on a broad overview of business and leadership rather than doing a deep dive into specific business topics. Participants will attend courses, conduct case study analyses, and hear from guest speakers. The program emphasizes collaboration, and students will work in small groups to create a group business plan and present their start-up concept.
UC Berkeley Haas High School Entrepreneurship Program
- Berkeley, CA
- Grades Eligible: All high school grades
- Cost: $6,800 ($5,800 for California residents)
Berkeley Haas Business School offers a high school program that focuses on entrepreneurship while also teaching business fundamentals in subjects like finance, marketing, and accounting. The program combines classroom instruction, guest lectures, and group work, and students will work in small groups to design an in-depth business plan which they'll present to other participants at the end of the program. Participants will also meet with groups of UC Berkeley undergrads to learn more about the college experience and what it's like to be a business major.
LaunchX Summer Program
- Virtual (for 2022, may be in-person in 2023)
- Length: 5 weeks
- Cost: $5,980
If you're a high school student who already has an idea for a startup and wants to see how it fares in the real world, LaunchX's summer program may interest you. What sets it apart from many other business programs for high school students is that you're not just developing a hypothetical business plan; you're actually launching a real startup. High school entrepreneurs work together in teams to develop and launch a startup with the help of mentors and instructors. In addition to launching the startup, students will attend classes and guest lectures.
USC's Exploring Entrepreneurship Program
- Los Angeles, CA
- Length: 4 weeks
- Cost: $9,575 ($6,855 for commuters)
USC offers a summer program specifically for high school students interested in starting their own business. The program runs for four weeks and teaches participants business theory and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. In addition to classes, students will take field trips to local businesses around LA to learn from people who successfully started their own companies. Students in previous years have visited retailers, venture firms, food trucks, and manufacturing facilities. Students will also create a detailed plan for their own business idea. Additionally, students who complete the program will earn 3 USC college credits.
Indiana University's Business is Global Program
- Virtual (2023 may be in-person in Bloomington, IN)
- Cost: Not provided
If you're interested in both business and languages/international relations, check out the Kelley School of Business at IU's Business is Global Program. The courses in the program focus on both business and language skills, along with professional development and regional cultures. Students will be introduced to five less commonly-taught foreign languages (Akan, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian) that are "from dynamic economies around the world." Students will learn the cultures, communication styles, and business practices of these language regions and work on a business project with classmates, which they'll present at the end of the program.
- Santa Clara, CA
- Length: 10 days
- Grades Eligible: Ages 12-16
- Cost: $2,175 (Housing, if needed, is an additional $1,800)
Camp BizSmart brings young entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley to learn the ins-and-outs of starting a business. Throughout the ten days, students will attend classes, work in teams, and listen to lectures from industry experts. In small groups, participants will work to solve an actual problem facing Silicon Valley startups. On the final day, they'll present their project at Microsoft HQ to a panel of venture capital and angel investors.
How to Impress Colleges With Your Business Internship
Once you've completed a business experience, how can you make sure it gives your college application the biggest boost possible? A high school business internship or summer program has the potential to look very impressive to colleges, so use the three tips below to make yours stand out.
#1: Explain Your Accomplishments
#2: link your portfolio.
Many times after you complete a business internship or course, you'll have created a few projects, either on your own or as part of a group. Set up a website (another great way to show off your skills!) and include links and/or images of your project, along with a description of your thought process and the work you did. Having an online portfolio so early in your career will put you ahead of the game, not only when you apply to colleges, but also when you apply to other business internships and jobs down the line. It gives reviewers concrete examples of your talents and expertise.
There's often a spot on college applications where you can include additional information you think might be useful. Link your portfolio here! Include a sentence or two explaining what it is, as well. Then college admissions teams will be free to review all your business work without you trying to figure out how to fit it into the application itself.
#3: Get a Letter of Recommendation
Having your internship supervisor or course instructor write a letter of recommendation explaining what your internship duties/coursework requirements were and what you accomplished is a great way for colleges to understand what you really accomplished. Some colleges require that letters of rec only come from people who taught you in high school, but others either don't have restrictions or allow an additional letter of rec from a non-high school teacher. If your teacher or supervisor is willing , having a letter of rec from them can really convince colleges that you had a meaningful experience and are seriously preparing yourself for a future career in business.
Summary: High School Summer Business Programs
If you've looked into top summer business programs for high school students, then you know it can be tough to get a meaningful experience that'll give you a strong foundation for gaining more business skills. However, the best business summer programs for high school students can be a great way to get real-world skills and knowledge as well as a great boost to college applications. When mentioning your business experience in your college applications, be sure to:
- Clearly explain your accomplishments
- Link to your portfolio
- Get a letter of recommendation from your instructor/supervisor\
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High School Business Management Activities
High School Business Projects
High school business management classes provide students with the opportunity to discover business careers, prepare for college-level work and become involved in project-based learning. Activities bring coursework alive and help students practice their skills. You can use role-plays, case studies and special projects to deepen understanding of basic management principles. If you root activities in business fundamentals of planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling, your students will gain important management skills.
Learning the basics of starting a new business exposes high school students to a wide variety of business principles. Group students and ask them to create a new business that is needed in the community. Have them conduct basic market research and create a budget and an outline that includes some of the things they would need to do for their new startup. Have each group present its proposed business to the class. The class will vote on the best new business venture. As an added incentive, invite business leaders to hear the proposals and provide feedback.
Expose students to potential ethical dilemmas by providing realistic scenarios that can be examined in a small- or large-group format. Scenarios can range from unauthorized expenses to questionable use of office equipment. For example, you could pose a hypothetical situation for discussion involving an employee who submitted an expense form for a business dinner that included the cost of his spouse’s meal. Or you could present a written case study for the students to analyze involving an employee who used a company laptop to run a personal business on the side. Once students are familiar with sample ethical dilemmas, have them make up their own scenarios to share with the class.
High school is an ideal time to expose beginning business students to career possibilities. Invite business leaders from the community to share their career journeys with the class. If possible, take the class on a field trip to a local business to experience an actual employment setting. Ask students to draft a position description of their ideal job. Ask them to write a resume that would make them marketable for the position. Hold a mock interview session to teach students the basics of selling themselves to an employer. Finally, ask students to create a career plan that includes education and experience requirements and will serve as a career map for their future.
Explore social responsibility and business practices by using an informal research project with your class. Ask your students to create a poster showcasing a company that contributes to the community, uses environmental sustainability practices or engages in company-wide community services. Hold a social responsibility fair to showcase the poster projects. Ask local business leaders to serve as judges and reward the top three student winners with a certificate.
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6 Business Extracurriculars for High Schoolers
- Established Clubs
- Start a New Club
- Summer Programs
- Self-Driven Projects
How Do Extracurriculars Impact Your College Chances?
If you are fascinated by investment profitability, enjoy learning about trends in the economy, or simply want a job that enables you to be your own boss, you are probably thinking of studying business. An education in business offers incredible opportunities, but you need to work hard and plan carefully to achieve your dreams.
The top US undergraduate business programs are highly selective. You’ll need strong grades and high test scores to be considered at these schools, but you will also need to show admissions officers that you have the personal qualities that make for a successful businessperson—leadership skills, strong communication, the ability to commit to and complete tasks, and dedication to your community.
Extracurricular involvement is an excellent way to highlight these qualities. Read on to learn which extracurriculars show that you’ve got what it takes to succeed as a business student.
1. Established Clubs
Clubs are a popular extracurricular activity because they bring together students with similar interests to achieve tangible goals.
Some clubs that might be offered at your school:
- Business Professionals of America
- Economics Club
- Entrepreneurship Club
- Future Investors Club
- School Store
- Women in Business
- Young Entrepreneurs Club
Additionally, The National Business Honor Society , an official division of the National Business Education Association, is an honor society open to any high school junior or senior who has completed or is enrolled in their third business course and has a 3.0 overall and 3.5 business course GPA.
Joining NBHS can highlight your commitment to business and the depth of your business coursework. If you take on a leadership position and attend national conferences, participation in NBHS could be impactful during college admissions.
2. Start a New Club
At CollegeVine, we encourage students to start a new club if their school doesn’t offer a club that is specific to their interests. Specifically for business students, starting a new club will show admissions officers that you are willing to take on a challenge, able to follow through on long-term goals, and know how to communicate with others effectively. These are the fundamental tenets of being a good businessperson.
“Business” is a very broad term, but through your club, you can bring together students who want to focus on the ins and outs of a specific market or sector. If you want to found a new club, start by deciding on a specific concentration within “business” that interests you. Concentrations include:
- Investments/Stock Market
- Supply Chain Management
- Venture Capitalism
- Global/International Business
- Business and Law
After you pick a concentration, find a mentor with expertise in that concentration, apply to be officially recognized at your school, make a budget, build a membership base, and start achieving your goals (whether that be building a product, educating your members on relevant topics, or a philanthropy initiative).
3. Summer Programs
There are many summer programs offered for aspiring business majors. Some take place on college campuses, others in individual communities, and, nowadays, there are even fully virtual summer programs. Find just the program for you!
Some of the more selective (and, also, more affordable) summer business programs include:
Terry Accelerated Business Program
Students learn about a variety of business fields through this selective summer program. Participants are provided with a broad overview of the business world and have the opportunity to meet executives from well-known and successful enterprises such as Travelers, Chick-fil-A, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Students also get a sample of college life—living in the University of Georgia’s residence halls, eating at the dining halls, and listening to lectures from faculty.
Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS)
During this free two-week in-person program, rising seniors who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in business will take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. The program is residential and provides students with a clearer picture of college life.
Caminos al Futuro
Offered by the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at George Washington University, Caminos al Futuro is a three-week intensive residential program for talented students who have demonstrated a commitment to service and leadership within the Hispanic/Latino community. It is a fully-funded (i.e. free) opportunity to hear from leaders in various fields and bring their own projects to life.
Olin Fleischer Scholars Program
This free one-week residential program at Washington State University in St. Louis is aimed at teaching low-income and first-generation college-bound students from the Midwest about business and entrepreneurship. Participants will learn about college business programs and fields of study within business. Participants also meet with Olin Business School faculty, students, and alumni.
Many colleges also offer larger residential programs (characterized by substantial tuition and fees), where high school students come together on a college campus to take business-centered courses. Some of these programs include:
- Wharton Leadership in the Business World Program
- NYU Summer at Stern
- Berkeley Business Academy for Youth
- Babson Summer Study for High School Students
- Georgetown Entrepreneurship Academy
- Exploring Entrepreneurship at Fordham University
- Finance Institute: Wall Street in the Classroom at Fordham University
- The Michigan Ross Summer Business Academy
- USC Exploring Entrepreneurship Program
Another way to spend your summer preparing for a future in business is with a summer leadership program . These programs vary in length, with some lasting a few days and others weeks, and price, some are free opportunities while others you have to pay to attend. Regardless, they provide a chance to hone your leadership skills and make connections.
- Young Women’s Leadership Institute
- Bank of America Student Leaders Program
- University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminars
- Sadie Nash Leadership Project Summer Institute
- Mercy College – Summer Leadership Academy
- Bella Abzug Leadership Institute Summer Program
- Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders
- Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project – Los Angeles Institute
- MIT Leadership Training Institute
Finding an internship in the business world will show your commitment to your future. You can start by scouring the internet for companies actively seeking new interns. Make sure to search specifically in your area or for internships that can be completed virtually.
Also, keep in mind that pretty much everything around you is a business—the restaurants you eat at, the coffee shop you study at, the library you check books out from, and more. Reach out to these local companies, as well as start-ups and non-profits in your area. Small organizations always need help and will often take on interns/volunteers even when they don’t have open positions.
When you reach out to companies, be prepared to explain exactly what you will offer to their business. Are you able to balance their budget? Do you have an idea of where they can decrease costs? How can they increase profits? Do you have a new marketing initiative you think their business will benefit from? How? Make them think your ideas are invaluable.
Lastly, let the people closest to you know that you are looking for opportunities in business. You may be able to get an informal internship or shadowing position with a friend, family member, or family friend.
5. Self-Driven Projects
The most popular self-driven project for business-minded students is a pitch or business plan for a startup. The steps for starting your own business include:
- Develop an idea for a business
- Decide your company values and mission statement
- Create a staff structure and business model
- Identify your target market
- Brainstorm marketing strategies
- Predict your financial future, revenue, and growth potential
- Get funding
Keep in mind that teen businesses are successful on varying scales. Some students will start online shops that, through personalization, marketing to their target audience, and popups, will become extremely successful on a local or regional scale. Other students will discover groundbreaking technology that wins startup competitions and secures substantial funding on a national scale.
Don’t compare your business to other businesses. Rather, constantly focus on how to improve your own business.
Even if your new business doesn’t make the headlines, rest assured that it will make for engaging essay and interview content during the college admissions process. Your ventures will lead to increased technical knowledge about business. You will also experience adversity and figure out how to overcome it.
Competitions are a fun way to demonstrate your knowledge of and fervor for business. Some popular business competitions for high schoolers include:
The National Economics Challenge
Hosted by the Council for Economic Education, the National Economics Challenge is an annual competition with rounds covering microeconomics, macroeconomics, international and current events, and critical thinking. Awards include cash prizes, trophies, and medals. Strong placement in this challenge can help you demonstrate that you’re able and eager to put your economics knowledge to use.
Blue Ocean Competition
This is a virtual entrepreneurship competition that any high schooler can participate in. Students submit pitches for their businesses, which are narrowed down to the Top 100, Top 30, Top 10, and then Winners. Business plans are judged based on creativity and innovation, impact potential, technical feasibility, commercial viability and scalability, and presentation. Cash prizes are offered to winners.
DECA is a nonprofit with the mission to prepare “emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” With over 200,000 members, the organization hosts annual leadership summits, competitive events, and educational conferences. You can compete in regional, state, and international competitions that are well-respected by admissions officers.
Future Business Leaders of America
Future Business Leaders of America is the largest student business career organization in the world. Their national awards program hosts competitive events in a broad range of business and career-related areas at the state and national levels. Strong placement in national- or state-level competitions or holding the top leadership position within FBLA is impressive during college admissions.
Diamond Challenge is a virtual startup competition that offers cash prizes to students with extraordinary business ideas. The Diamond Challenge “focuses on unleashing creativity, encouraging a mindset of abundance and self-determination, and promoting purposeful entrepreneurial action.” The challenge culminates in a summit.
To understand how different extracurriculars affect your undergraduate business application, we use a conceptual tool called The 4 Tiers of Extracurricular Activities . The 4 Tiers are as follows:
- Tier 4: These activities show up most frequently on applications and have the weakest impact on your application. Your involvement in Tier 4 activities is peripheral—you participated but never gained leadership positions or recognition. These activities won’t make your application “pop,” but they can establish your interest in a given field.
- Tier 3: These activities are slightly more impressive. Tier 3 activities involve some level of distinction or achievement, like a small award or leadership position (things like being treasurer of your school’s finance club). Tier 3 activities highlight skills in a particular area, but they aren’t especially unique or exceptional.
- Tier 2: For many students, Tier 2 activities show their highest accomplishments. Tier 2 activities are accompanied by impressive achievements and establish your skills, dedication, and leadership (things like placing in a startup competition or being on the national board of NBHS). Having two or three Tier 2 activities on your application will help you stand out.
- Tier 1: These activities demonstrate the highest level of achievement. They involve truly extraordinary accomplishments (things like earning a spot at a highly prestigious summer program or founding a highly profitable business). Few students achieve Tier 1 accomplishments, which makes this sort of exceptional accomplishment likely to catch admissions committees’ attention.
As you choose your extracurriculars, think about what will stand out to admissions officers and what will showcase your dedication to business. Additionally, put your extracurriculars into CollegeVine’s free chancing engine , which will tell you how specific extracurriculars will affect your admissions chances at specific business programs.
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Classroom Activities for a Business Class
Formal business classes exist mainly in high school subject choices and include becoming familiar with and learning various business practices and entrepreneurship. Many students feel that business concepts are confusing and are not very interesting, thus integrating interactive activities promotes student participation while learning facts and procedures used in everyday business affairs. Real-world applications of business ideas aid in the transformation of students to business professionals when entering adulthood.
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1 Workplace Ethics
Develop scenarios for business students and arrange the class into groups of four or five. Groups can read over the written situations and determine adequate business interactions centered on ethical behavior in the workplace. The students may act out the scenarios with two alternate endings to involve all class members in deciding which ending is the appropriate action taken when facing a difficult business position. Teachers may grade the oral presentation or allow for only an interactive discussion of each ethical scenario.
2 Develop a Business Plan
Business plans can be complex to write, thus starting students with business plan basics will aid each when venturing into adulthood with their money-making ideas. Instruct the class on business plan parts and what each section entails. Allow students to follow a model business plan when constructing their own. The activity can be done individually or in groups, encouraging each student within the group to develop a different section then compiling all writings into one plan. Give each group or student a different type of business to plan for such as a home-based business, a child's play center, a fast-food restaurant or a financial planning service.
3 Stock Market Investing
Conduct a stock market simulation within the classroom to introduce investing practices to the business class students. The activity can be a year long, weekly activity or can quickly be accomplished in one or two class periods. The teacher decides how the stock market behaves when individual students use a portion of their make-believe funding to invest into separate company examples. Give students a faux background on each company before deciding which to put money into. Another option is to follow the stock market via the Internet, using real company choices, and calculate the increases and decreases in each student's investment portfolio.
4 Business to Bank
Group students into sets of three or four and allow each to devise a sample business to include the business name, the product or service they are selling, how many people each business employs and what types of materials are necessary for producing the good or service. The business instructor gives each group a fake starting amount in their business bank account for use in everyday operative expenses. The groups will keep an accurate account of funding entering or leaving the business account, through profit and expenses.
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15 Worthwhile Entrepreneurial Activities For Students
January 4, 2023 // by Alison Vrana
In today’s rapidly changing world, innovators are in high demand. This is why it’s important for students to learn entrepreneurial skills throughout their education. The activities below teach students different facets of starting a business and developing it to be successful. Students think about profit, loss, buying and selling goods, developing business plans, and marketing. Here are 15 worthwhile entrepreneurial activities for students .
1. Jay Starts a Business
Jay Starts a Business is a “choose your own adventure” style series that allows students to experience real-world business building. Students read and make decisions for Jay as he starts up his own business. The series in the lesson includes interactive videos that teach entrepreneurship, financial concepts, and economic ideas.
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2. Sweet Potato Pie
This lesson combines literature with entrepreneurial concepts. Students read Sweet Potato Pie and apply business terminology such as profit, loan, and division of labor to their interpretation of the text. Students then discuss the text and think about what business owners need to know to own and run a successful business.
3. Job Skills Mock Interview
In this activity, the teacher sets up mock interviews based on what a student wants to do; focusing on job-related skills. This can be done with partners in the classroom, but the lesson is even better if an adult can perform the interview.
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4. A Tour of Tycoon
Instead of teaching students about business leaders and entrepreneurs, this lesson invites local entrepreneurs into the classroom. Students prepare questions for the business leader(s), which encourages critical thinking. The interaction with the leader encourages the growth of interpersonal skills.
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5. Self-SWOT Analysis
Businesses are analyzed with the SWOT model: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. In this activity, students use this model to analyze themselves and their future goals. This activity encourages students to consider their entrepreneurial skills.
6. Study a Star Entrepreneur
This activity calls for students to research an entrepreneur of their choice. Students research using online resources and then present their findings to the class. Students should focus on what drove the entrepreneur to get started and what the entrepreneur contributed to society.
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7. Business Plan Shark Tank
For this lesson, students work on creating their own business plan to present in a “Shark Tank” atmosphere. Students write a business description, market analysis, marketing sales strategy, funding needs, and financial projections. Then, students present their ideas to the class.
8. Town Data Review
For this activity, kids review data about a town, discuss the data, and then propose a new business to introduce to the town. Entrepreneurial students have the opportunity to think about what services and products are already available in the town and what business opportunities there may be based on the town’s needs.
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9. Reverse Brainstorming
This entrepreneurial activity requires a lot of innovative thinking. Instead of trying to solve a problem, students take a problem and think of ways to make it worse. Then, for each new problem that they add to a situation, they think about how to solve that problem. This activity promotes an entrepreneurial mindset.
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10. Start-Up Podcast
For this activity, students listen to a podcast focused on entrepreneurial learning. There are all kinds of podcasts that students can listen to and discuss in class. Each episode focuses on a different aspect of entrepreneurial life and what it’s really like to start a business.
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11. Earning Money
This lesson focuses on different ways to make money. Kids learn about the difference between a service and a good. They then brainstorm how to make money with a small group. Students think about how their approach will succeed.
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12. Four Corners
This activity helps students think about the characteristics of an entrepreneur. Students answer questions that are read aloud by the teacher. As the teacher reads the options, students go to one of the four corners of the room. At the end of the activity, students count up their points to see how much they know about entrepreneurship.
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13. Benefits and Challenges
This lesson helps students to think critically about being an entrepreneur. Students think about the benefits and challenges of working for themselves and owning their own businesses. Students also complete an entrepreneur checklist to see where they rank on entrepreneurial skills.
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14. Create a School Garden
This activity invites students to collaborate in order to build a school garden that yields crops that can be sold for profit. Students create a business plan, design the garden, plant the garden, sell the products, and keep track of profits and losses.
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15. Social Entrepreneurship
For this lesson, the teacher writes a set of problems on the board, and students are invited to think about what the problems have in common. The class creates a definition for social entrepreneurship together and then thinks of solutions to social problems.
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4 Must-Try Business Ethics Activities For High School Students
Business is not merely a profession, it is a lifestyle that everyone must opt for. It is a crucial driving force for life just like fuel for a vehicle. Unfortunately, not many talks about the value of ethics in this expedition. An ethical business is always truthful. Is there any place better than School to learn such crucial lessons?
Amid this discussion, we must also record that activities can be the finest way to learn these empirical notions. Thus in this post, we will look into some handpicked Business Ethics activities for high school students.
Business Ethics- What does it mean?
Executing business with a set of morals ensures veracity. Thus, a study of proper business policies and practices, especially regarding possibly controversial issues gets imperative. This is where Business ethics gets prominent, by enabling the learners to make responsible decisions at the right time to ensure smooth transactions.
Therefore, Business Ethics is that specialised practice that demonstrates what is right or wrong, and thus appropriate entail in the workplace. In most cases, these are guided by the company regulations that ensure to keep them away from illegitimate practices, especially in instances like bribery and discrimination.
These pragmatic standards turn out obligatory for ensuring moral attitude in executive-level management, thus warranting honesty. Thus, altogether, these ethics outlines acceptable behaviour beyond constitutional control.
Need Of Business Ethics Activities In Schools
Educating about Business Ethics through activities would implant exceptional management skills like critical thinking, communication, reporting, and presentation. Additionally, it can add value in the following ways:
- Students are introduced to many new concepts as they are schooled. As a part of this, these activities establish them to the business world flawlessly. By mimicking real-life activities, learners can assimilate how to deal with actual circumstances.
- Life is often unforeseeable; thus, having comprehensive knowledge seldom assists. Selfsame is the case with business ethics too. These make learners acknowledge multiple disciplines like productive human resource management, entrepreneurship, finance and service operations,
- Not many of the pupils are collaborative in schools. These activities can boost creativity and collaboration since they sometimes focus on the alliance.
- Before learners can develop problem-solving skills, they should possess the potential to identify complication. Business ethics activities ensure this.
- Do you know having exceptional business skills can make you a fine employee too. These activities will ensure you are aligned with the organisation being ethical. This is also known as Advanced Management Skills
Activities For Introducing The Basics Of Business Ethics
Business ethics can be inculcated and reinforced, and what can be better than high school to do so. We have elucidated some business ethics amplifying activities that corroborate academics in this accord. Pondering into its relevance, you must have been exhilarated to look at activities that ameliorate business ethics. Here are those picks:
1. A tour for Tycoon
Business is all about having pragmatic knowledge. Isn’t it a great idea to invite business leaders instead of reading about them? A Tour of Tycoon does precisely the same.
A business tycoon is invited to school to interact with students. The same is intimated to all the pupils beforehand. Additionally, the teacher guides them to prepare a set of questions to ask the star. When the leading light arrives, a formal interaction is made, which is followed by questions and answers sessions. After this, all the students submit what they learned on a paper to the teacher for evaluation.
2. Communal Duty
For every merchant prince, business responsibility flatters social responsibility. It is also known as corporate social responsibility in technical expression. Communal duty prospers this ability in all the learners making them understand them finer.
Teachers ask students to create a poster showcasing an organization and how it can contribute to society and expeditiously use its resources for community services. Later, the teachers can conduct a social responsibility workshop or fair in the class itself at a smaller level. Here, the learners can get a chance to showcase these banners. Teachers can be the judges, and prizes can be awarded to top-scoring pupils.
Not only in the world of business, having an alternative plan is a requisite trait in every module of life. Plan B activity encourages students to think of an alternative for every possible situation.
To start with, the teacher forms the entire class into small groups of five. Each group is assigned a real-life business or workplace scenario and one solution. Since there can be more than one solution in this instance, they need to be explored. In this accord, the team should discuss and come up with as many alternative solutions as possible. Each member can come up with individualised solutions too. The team that comes up with maximum alternatives is the winner. This activity prospers the attitude of teamwork as well.
4. SWOT with Balanced Scorecard
A business is always analysed using a SWOT analysis. The four dimensions include Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). Analysing these attributes can give an excellent idea that leads to the successful identification of the situation.
This activity makes students perform a SWOT analysis on themselves. To start with, the teacher asks them to write strengths within 10 minutes. These include their abilities, skills, previous experiences, knowledge on topics, etc. Now, they need to mention weaknesses on the other side of the page. These may include resources and skills needed, ethics missing, contacts needed, and other limitations. These are not meant to discourage; rather, they are meant to evaluate what aspects they need to focus on.
Now, it is the time for opportunities. These may include positive trends, support, networking challenges, technology, etc. Finally, threats may include risks, changes in circumstances, and obstacles. Once each student prepares a clear-cut sheet, they keep it reserved for a month. In this span, they have to focus on their weaknesses and threats.
After a month, all the pupils prepare a new sheet of their SWOT analysis. Now, the teacher asks them to compare how much they improved in this month. A prepared candidate will notice reasonable changes.
Business ethics is not only confined to trading, it also has a remarkable role in leadership and teamwork. Evidently, all these notions are conjugated. This significance is seen distinctly with large companies. If an organisation is perceived to be ethically compromising, investors emigrate from buying stocks. Not only this, these standards keep the business in ethical curbs and evoke them to take care of society too, which is better known as CSR (corporate social responsibility). Ensuring these can thus provide exceptional service through the retention of quality employees.
All of this guides us to the importance of business ethics for everyone. Activity-based learning is not new, especially for teen learners; thus, they form an impeccable idea to preach business ethics as well. Mull into our picks to see if any of them comes in handy for you.
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Tampa, Fla., USA (November 16, 2023) —AACSB International (AACSB) announced today that nine institutions have earned business accreditation and one has extended its business accreditation.
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Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai Hasselt University Heilbronn University Graduate School Providence University School of Business and Economics, Universiti Brunei Darussalam School of Business, The University of Jordan Taylor's University Sdn. Bhd. University of Liechtenstein University of the Sunshine Coast
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With the recognition of these schools, AACSB now has 1,013 accredited institutions in over 60 countries and territories and 194 institutions with AACSB accreditation for accounting programs. Achieving this milestone ensures greater access to high-quality business education for learners around the world and businesses seeking top talent.
“AACSB congratulates each institution on achieving AACSB accreditation,” said Stephanie Bryant, executive vice president and global chief accreditation officer at AACSB. “The commitment to earning accreditation is a true reflection of each school’s dedication—not only to its students, alumni network, and greater business community—but to society as a whole.”
Achieving AACSB accreditation is a mission-driven, rigorous process that includes an in-depth assessment of internal activities, mentorship with an AACSB advisor, and a peer-reviewed evaluation focused on continuous improvement. During this multiyear path, schools focus on developing and implementing a plan to achieve their mission and align with AACSB’s accreditation standards. These principles-based standards require excellence in areas relating to strategic management and innovation, research, and teaching and learning.
For more information about AACSB accreditation, please visit aacsb.edu/accreditation.
Mercer Island Reporter
Students shine in business plan competition
Posted: November 20, 2023 | Last updated: November 20, 2023
Mercer Island High School (MIHS) student Luca Cero placed first in the Seattle Competition for Young Entrepreneurs (SCYE) business plan competition on Nov. 4.
Young MIHS entrepreneurs Benjamin Viafore, Nikesh Woerner and Douglas Stovall ran the competition in partnership with the DECA chapter of MIHS.
With the help of Jen McLellan, a teacher and adviser at MIHS, along with the Mercer Island DECA chapter, the students created the nonprofit SCYE.
Cero was awarded $1,000 for first, MIHS student Matthew Walzer took second ($500 prize) and MIHS student Catherine Chen placed third ($250 prize).
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MOU Gymnasium No. 21 Elektrostal
Description of MOU Gymnasium No. 21 Elektrostal
- Location: Elektrostal, Russia
- Students age: from 7 to 18 years old
- School uniform
- Full-time education
- Stages of education: primary, basic and secondary.
Gymnasium No. 21 is located in the town of Elektrostal, Moscow Region. The beginning of the history of this educational institution is considered 1971 - then a secondary school was opened in the building of the gymnasium. Since 2014, gymnasium No. 21 has been included in the list of the best schools in the Moscow Region, has the title of "Smart School", and is the winner of many competitions in the field of education.
Programs and prices, tuition fees in MOU Gymnasium No. 21 Elektrostal
Accommodation, meals, prices.
The gymnasium organizes paid and reduced-price meals.
Reduced price meals (lunch) are received by:
- Students with disabilities
- Students who are under guardianship and not receiving benefits from the guardianship authorities
- Disabled children
- Pupils from large families
- Students with tuberculous intoxication
- Students receiving survivor's pension
- Students with diseases of the digestive organs (Hirschsprung's disease, gastric and duodenal ulcers, cholelithiasis, chronic hepatitis, Crohn's disease), chronic kidney diseases (glomerulonephritis, pyelonephritis), blood diseases and disorders caused by chemical prophylaxis, respiratory diseases (bronchial asthma), diseases of the endocrine system (diabetes mellitus)
- Students from low-income families
- Students from disadvantaged families
- Children in difficult life situations
- Children of participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Reduced meals (breakfast) are received by:
- Students in grades 1-4
- Students from large families
- Students receiving a survivor's pension.
To obtain the right to receive preferential meals from the parents / legal representatives of the child, you will need to provide an application completed in the name of the director and documents confirming belonging to one of the categories.
Activities MOU Gymnasium No. 21 Elektrostal
Circles and sections of gymnasium number 21:.
- General physical preparation
High school students also participate in:
- Subject Olympiads, including the All-Russian Olympiad for schoolchildren
- Career guidance before leaving school
- Delivery of TRP standards
- Sports and creative activities.
- Qualified teachers (holders of the title "Honored Teacher of the Russian Federation", medals and certificates of honor)
- Additional education in various fields
- Participation in olympiads and competitions
- Career guidance for applicants to universities and colleges.
Facilities and equipment at MOU Gymnasium No. 21 Elektrostal
Studying takes place in a four-story building built in 1970. The school is equipped with:
- Classrooms equipped with everything you need to learn
- Assembly, choreographic and sports halls
- Dining room
- Medical office
- Library with reading room
- Utility and technical rooms
- Sports ground on site.
The entrance is equipped with equipment for visiting the school by persons with disabilities.
Admission dates and extra charges
The academic year begins on September 1, and is divided into quarters.
Holidays between quarters:
- October 30-November 8
- December 28-January 8
- February 22-28 (only for 1 grade)
- March 26-April 2
- May 26/29 - August 31 (depending on the class).
Gymnasium №21 teaches on a five-day basis - from Monday to Friday. Lesson time:
- For 1, 4, 5, 7, 8a, 11 classes - 8: 30-15: 45 (max. 8 lessons)
- For grades 2, 3, 6, 8b, 9, 10 - 8: 15-15: 30 (max. 8 lessons).
Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol
To enroll in the gymnasium you will need to provide:
- Completed application in electronic or written form
- Parent's / legal representative's passport
- Child's birth certificate
- Certificate of registration of the child at the place of residence or at the place of stay in the assigned territory
- The conclusion and recommendations of the psychological, medical and pedagogical commission and the consent of parents / legal representatives to study according to the adaptive basic general education program (for children with disabilities).
Upon admission to grade 10, additional documents + profile testing may be required.
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- Guardianship services during the studies
- Student supervision
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Minecraft in Scratch
During the course, the students will learn the basics of programming in the popular visual programming language Scratch. The kid literally programs by playing, composing code with the help of building blocks.
We will learn how to model trees on our own and add them to the Minecraft world generation, create inventory items, new blocks by crafting, add mobs to the game and much more.
At the end of the training, each student creates his own project - a full-fledged Minecraft game developed on the basis of the acquired skills and knowledge, and then presents it to classmates and publishes it.
Try the first lesson or choose a tariff that is convenient for you.
At the end of the course, each student receives a personal certificate from CODDY. As well as digital projects for your portfolio.
Programming and digital design are amazing tools for self-expression and self-knowledge.
These are modern skills that will be useful to any kid in almost any career, in any hobby and in life.
The course is suitable for kids:
- Who love to play Minecraft
- Who want to create their own items and worlds in Minecraft
- Who want to understand the mechanics of computer games and create their own games
- Who wish to realize their creativity in the field of IT technologies
Requirements for students (level of knowledge):
- Basic computer skills (launching applications, creating folders, changing the file name, downloading images from the Internet)
- Experience playing Minecraft
About the course:
More and more parents note and support the current trend aimed at the early development of kids. A special place in this case is occupied by the development of computer literacy and technology by kids from an early age. The main difficulty here is to get the guys interested and keep their interest.
The secret of successful learning is to combine what kids love with what will contribute to their development. All kids are fond of computer games. What if you offer a kid to create his own computer game, and even in a programming language designed specifically for kids? And if this is the legendary Minecraft game, then there will definitely be no indifferent! We recommend our course "Minecraft in Scratch" to all coddy kids from 7 years old, because learning programming on it turns into an interesting and fascinating process. Creating your own game is the best way to learn how to program. Especially if you create a game that the whole world loves.
Minecraft is a popular indie sandbox game with elements of a survival simulator and an open world, developed by Swedish programmer Markus Persson. This is one of the most successful computer games in history: its sales exceeded 80 million copies, and the number of registered players exceeded 100 million. The game has almost unlimited possibilities, allowing you to create entire worlds and control the actions of the main characters. Creating a Minecraft game is possible in different programs. But it is unlikely that a seven-year-old kid will have a desire to engage in programming and implementing their own projects in a development environment familiar to an adult programmer. It will be difficult, uninteresting and boring for kids. Therefore, in 2003, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed Scratch, an understandable and fascinating programming language designed specifically for kids. Scratch is not just a language, but a full-fledged visual object-oriented programming environment. It is ideal for teaching elementary and middle school students the basics of programming and creating their own games and animations.
This software environment has a lot of positive qualities:
- simple, easy and user-friendly interface;
- there are no codes to learn;
- colorful design that helps to attract the kid's attention and hold it;
- promotes the development of creative, imaginative and logical thinking.
Scratch, like a Lego constructor, allows you to assemble a full-fledged program from multi-colored blocks-bricks. You can make changes to the program at any time, and immediately see how it works. It is this feature of this programming environment that makes it possible to create an analogue of the famous Minecraft game world on Scratch. Our course is suitable for those who have already mastered the Scratch language and want to deepen their knowledge and find a new application for them.
In the classes of the course "Minecraft in Scratch" your kid:
- will continue to learn the basics of programming;
- improve your knowledge of the Scratch visual language;
- learn how to design game mechanics;
- he will be able to create landscapes, various objects, move them around the screen, modify and play with them, establish forms of interaction between them;
- develop creative skills and spatial thinking;
- create your own unique Minecraft world.
Our experienced teachers will show that programming and gaming can be combined in the most exciting and fascinating way. Welcome to the amazing world of Minecraft computer programming in Scratch!
Video presentation of the course
How are online classes at coddy, course content:.
- Introduction to Minecraft in Scratch
- Blocks in Minecraft
- Landscape generation
- Collecting resources
- Graphic inventory
- Revision of the game
- Game Release
- In-depth study of programming in Scratch.
- Teach kids to create their own Minecraft games.
- Develop computer skills.
The result of training:
- Knowledge of the basics of Scratch programming and the basic elements of computer science and logic
- Obtaining mathematical knowledge: coordinate system (X and Y axes), geometric shapes, degrees, random number selection, comparison signs
- Improving the understanding of physics, the surrounding world - how the force of attraction works, how to arrange objects proportionally
- Development of rational and spatial thinking
- Knowledge of functions and procedures in Scratch
- Knowledge of the basics of thread synchronization in programming, generation of infinite worlds
- Knowledge of the concept of arrays and access by element number
- Developing skills of working with arrays and lists
- Development of imagination and creative thinking
- A full-fledged Minecraft with the generation of the world, a realistic character who can put, destroy, collect and make blocks
What our customers say:
The results of our team's work are the achievements of our students and the gratitude of their parents! See all reviews here .
The course program: here
Graduates of the course will be able to:.
- Create projects in Scratch environment
- Create Minecraft games
- Create simple structures in the coordinate system of the world
- Generate Landscape
- Add mobs and characters to the game and manage them
- Edit the world with a character
- Draw block textures in the character's hand
- Create an inventory showing the quantity of each item
- Apply algorithmic constructions in practice
- Create and present your projects
- Logical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Information search and analysis
- Setting and solving problems
- Project planning
- Project protection
- Communication skills
- Working on a PC
- Ability to make decisions
Who teaches this course?
Certified CODDY mentors who will be able to inspire kids with digital design and programming. Learn more here .
Further recommended courses after completing this:
- Development of mods for Minecraft
- Creating games in Scratch
You may also be interested in the following courses:
What do I need for the lessons?
For a successful class, your child will need a computer or laptop with pre-installed software, internet access (recommended connection speed - at least 20 Mbit/sec), headphones and additional equipment for better sound quality - a microphone or headset. Please make sure you have a stable internet connection before you start the course.
You must have a computer that meets certain requirements to successfully complete the course. Please follow the link for details on computer requirements .
We will provide instructions for installing the software required for the course, which you can open by clicking here . Please follow the step-by-step instructions to install the software . If you have any questions or problems during the installation process, please contact your manager or course instructor.
We are proud of the success of each student who has completed our course and therefore issue a personal certificate from CODDY at the end of the course. This certificate is a proof of the achievements and efforts invested in the course and can be used to build the student's portfolio.
from 3 modules (months), from 24 hours*.
individual and group classes, offline and online (in real time).
Number of students:
from 1 to 8.
from $14/hr online group classes from $19.5/hr online individual classes
- Online in groups
- Online individually
- Offline in groups
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Tar Heels top Northwestern for field hockey national title
Carolina's 2-1 shootout victory is the program's 11th NCAA title and fifth in the past six years.
Carolina earned the 11th NCAA Field Hockey Championship in program history Sunday afternoon at Karen Shelton Stadium, winning in a penalty shootout in front of the largest home crowd in program history.
The top-ranked Tar Heels beat No. 2 Northwestern 2-1, with sophomore Ryleigh Heck nailing the winning shot. The teams were tied through the first round of five shots, so the shootout went to sudden death. Carolina goalkeeper Maddie Kahn defended the first Northwestern shot, leaving the door open for Heck to win the game, which is exactly what she did, sending her team — and the majority of the fans — into celebration.
“I don’t know how to put it into words,” said Erin Matson, who is in her first year as Carolina’s head coach after five years — and four national championships — as a Tar Heel player. “I don’t know what more you’d want in a national championship matchup than tied at the end of regulation, two overtimes, sudden-death shootout — just a phenomenal atmosphere.
“Northwestern gave it their all. It was a great game so props to them, props to Annabel (Skubisz, the Wildcat goalkeeper) in the cage holding down the fort.”
The title is the Tar Heels’ second straight and fifth in the past six years. Carolina already held the all-time record for titles won by a program and now extends that one more. (Old Dominion is second with nine.)
After a scoreless first half, the Tar Heels took the lead on a penalty corner goal 2:33 into the third quarter. First-year Charly Bruder had the score, with assists from fifth-year seniors Paityn Wirth and Romea Riccardo.
In the 44th minute of play, Northwestern was awarded a penalty stroke following the illegal stop of a penalty corner shot. Peyton Halsey made the shot to tie the score at 1-1 heading into the fourth quarter.
The teams played through that quarter and then two 10-minute overtime periods still locked at 1-1. That sent the game into a penalty shootout, Carolina’s first since the 2017 NCAA semifinals. Both teams were successful on two of five shots in the first round, so the shootout went into sudden death. Northwestern went first, and Kahn successfully defended the shot. That put the game in the hands of Heck, to whom Matson said: “Just go win a national championship.”
“Right then and there my mind just went blank,” said Heck, who also made her first shot of the five-player sequence and says she loves penalty shootouts. “I don’t even remember spinning or scoring, I just remember being with my teammates just cheering. One of the greatest feelings ever.”
Sunday’s game sold out early in the week, with only limited standing-room tickets available before the game. By game time, crowds had gathered beside the stands, spilling out along the edges of the field. Counting those gathered around the sides to watch, attendance was announced at 3,200, the largest crowd in program history.
“Everything we’ve worked so hard on all season, all the conversations we’ve had, every practice, they’ve just grown and blossomed into even more amazing hockey players than I could have imagined but even greater leaders and people and student-athletes in general,” Matson said. “I couldn’t be prouder, and I’m so happy it was on our home turf.”
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