School-based enterprise is a simulated or actual business conducted by a school.
Students create and operate an economically viable venture that replicates a business. This is a learning experience that provides direct links between classroom learning and the world of work.
Rationale For School-Based Enterprises
Many communities do not have the business and industry base to provide sufficient opportunities for students to gain work-based learning experiences. A school-based enterprise can fill that void.
The school-based enterprise should be designed to lead a student to a productive career, and the school programs of study must have the course capacity to provide the learning needed by the student to become successfully employed. In a school-based enterprise, the student's career courses and academic courses integrate around the school-based enterprise.
Developing a school-based enterprise can be a creative challenge to a school, department, teachers, and students. Large-scale endeavors will probably need the input and assistance from more than one person to be successful. A collaborative agreement with a local business/industry or well organized advisory committees would be helpful. The school-based enterprise must be oriented and run by students. Teachers serve as advisors, but not chief executive officers.
Some school-based enterprises operate like regular small businesses, letting students apply the academic and career/technical content they have learned in school. A school-based enterprise can also give students real practice in entrepreneurship, accounting, budgeting, cash-flow management, marketing, inventory control, and business/industry/technical skills. Students in school-based enterprises develop skills in problem solving, communication, interpersonal relations, and learning how to learn in the context of work.
In the work-based continuum, school-based enterprises focus on many of the skills needed to be successful in a workplace experience.
Laws and Regulations
Foods and beverages sold to students before school, during school, and 30 minutes after school are required to meet the USDA Smart Snacks Requirements. For questions about Smart Snacks, contact Carrie Scheidel email@example.com .
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MBA Research State’s Connection — To access MBA Research & Curriculum Center, log in or register for free tools, content, and resources for School-Based Enterprise (SBE). Registration is free for Iowa Educators.
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) —
DECA - School-Based Enterprise certification program and guidelines.
FBLA - National Entrepreneurship curriculum
FCCLA - S.T.A.R. Entrepreneurship curriculum
SkillsUSA - Professional SkillsUSA members can log in to the membership portal to access Entrepreneurship curriculum.