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Where Private Enterprise meets Social Responsibility

This dynamic program designed for middle school students will take them on an educational journey that will allow them to learn real world entrepreneurial skills while at the same time

foster a sense of their role in contributing to the greater good.

Element One:
Led by qualified faculty, students learn the basics of business.

Element Two:
Working in small groups, students brainstorm their original business ideas and organize their collaborative findings into reports that will incorporate all the features of a traditional business plan.

Element Three:

Following a collegiate business school model, students will “pitch” their business plans to panels of peers who provide feedback and determine by vote the viability of each.

Element Four:

Students build their business from scratch and put their plan into practice.

Element Five:
Students will be provided a turnkey business opportunity in the form of a brick and mortar “Variety Store”. This shop will become a lab where students hone skills related to good business practices.

Element Six:
A basis for Social Responsibility will be built through Variety Store operations. Students will hold community events where other schools or nonprofits participate in the sale of Variety Store items and a percentage of gross receipts for that particular event are shared with the participating group.

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