Business Ventures

Paulette Bogert
Lanier Middle School
8th Grade - Semester II

     The study of entrepreneurship offers 8th graders the opportunity to use a blend of academic, technological, and interpersonal skills to create and manage a small business. In keeping with Lanier's Middle Years Programme, the class will incorporate approaches to learning; community service, health and social education, environment, and homo faber. The students form teams to brainstorm for a business idea, research their market, locate the best supplier, create advertising using a variety of media, manage their personnel, and sell the product. During spring semester 2001(the first year this course was offered), the following student-created businesses opened for business and made profits: Flower Girls, B & G Services, Yearbook Pages, the Glowstix Group, and Big Daddy's School Supplies. Proceeds from these businesses will be used to fund the next year's new enterprises.

Click the IBO button above for more information about the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Curriculum

UNIT 1 - Going into Business for Yourself

Ch. 2: Your Potential as an Entrepreneur
Ch. 3: Recognizing Opportunity
Ch. 4: Global Opportunities

UNIT 2 - Researching & Planning Your Venture
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UNIT 3- Managing Marketing Strategies
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UNIT 4- Managing Your Business Processes
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UNIT 5- Managing the Finances of Your Business
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Special thanks to:  Our principal, Mr. Tom Monaghan, for initiating this course and supporting it with materials and good humor.

References: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management textbook & Internet user's guide and handbook.

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This page was last edited on 29-Jun-2001 10:27
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These pages were developed through GirlTECH, a teacher-training program sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education (CEEE) and with support from the National Science Foundation through EOT-PACI.
Copyright © Paulette Bogert, June 2001.