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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.

Give your BizWorld graduates a chance to apply and enhance their business skills while learning to be socially conscious citizens. Join BizWorld.org's Impact Challenge!

Program at a glance

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Level
Grades 3-8

 

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Timeline
Fifteen 50-minute sessions
Total: 12-15 hours

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Curriculum
  •  Learn basic business vocabulary
  • Divide into company groups and develop teamwork skills
  • Apply for jobs within company (CEO and Vice Presidents of departments)
  • Incorporate company with the state
  • Create company identity and a business plan
  • Pitch to venture capitalists and sell stock in exchange for initial funding
  • Manage cash flow by keeping track of all finances throughout the program
  • Design product ideas and create prototypes
  • Manufacture all products
  • Apply for a bank loan as needed
  • Create a marketing campaign, including a unique logo, slogan, and advertisements
  • Sell products to customers and generate 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
  • Works with the technological resources you have available at your school
  • Project-based and interdisciplinary
  • Meangingful way to engage parents/volunteers in your classroom
  • Built in student assessment
  • Aligned to standards (Common Core Standards)
  • 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
  • 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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