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Learn the Basics of
Entrepreneurship and Business

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BizWorld, our flagship program, teaches children the basics of entrepreneurship, business, and finance in a hands-on manner. This project-based learning (PBL) program gives children the opportunity to learn first hand how to start and operate their own business.  Working in teams of six, students start, fund, and run their own company in the friendship bracelet industry.

The decisions that the companies make are entirely student-driven. The students decide everything from what to name their company to how many products to make and how much to charge for them!  The program culminates with the Sales Bazaar, an exciting opportunity for you to engage other students at your school, parents, administrators, and community members. During the Sales Bazaar, students sell their products (friendship bracelets) to their customers - don’t worry; no real money is involved! Students use the BizWorld monetary denomination, BizBucks.Throughout BizWorld, students have multiple opportunities to practice leadership skills and hone their math and communication skills.

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Program at a glance

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Level  
Grades 3-8

 

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Timeline  
13 50-minute sessions  
Total: 10-15 hours

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Curriculum

 

  • Learn basic business vocabulary
  • Divide into groups and develop teamwork skills
  • Apply for jobs (Chief Executive Officer and Vice Presidents of the company)
  • Incorporate with the state
  • Brainstorm ideas for a movie and storyboard it
  • Determine company’s overall identity and create a business plan
  • Present to “venture capitalists” and sell stock in exchange for initial funding
  • Keep track of finances (cash in, cash out) and pay expenses throughout the program
  • Design bracelets and create prototypes
  • Manufacture bracelets
  • Apply for a bank loan as needed
  • Create a marketing campaign, including a unique logo, slogan, and advertisements
  • Sell product (bracelets) to customers, thereby creating revenue
  • Calculate final finances to determine whether or not the company was profitable
  • Reflect on the process to think about how decisions affected the company
 
 
 

Benefits

Teacher Benefits
  • Connects academic content to the real world
  • Enhances 21st Century Skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Project-based and interdisciplinary
  • Meangingful way to engage parents/volunteers in your classroom
  • Built-in student assessments
  • Aligned to standards (Common Core Standards and ISTE NETS)
  • Easy to follow lesson plans
  • Adaptable for different grade levels and classroom settings
  • Affordable and reusable
  • Everything you need to teach comes in the kit!

 

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Student
  • FUN and engaging!
  • Showcases their individual talents
  • Opportunity to work in teams
  • Appeals to interest in technology
  • Chance to be creative in the classroom
  • Provides options and allows students to make choices throughout the program
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I think this business program stood head and shoulders above other programs that I’ve used. Thank you again, for everything. Not only would I be delighted to continue using the BizWorld curriculum in my classroom, but I would wholeheartedly endorse it for any school.
Ryan H., 5th Grade Teacher, CA

Curriculum Kit

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Contents
  • Teacher Manual
  • Pre-printed Student/Company Packets (enough for 30)
  • Six sets of ten shares of stock
  • BizBucks ($1 and $5)
  • Silicone bracelet for teacher
  • String (80 bundles)
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