Entrepreneurial Self- Assessment
What are the characteristics of an entrepreneur, and do I have any of them? Take the Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment Survey to discover more about your own entrepreneurial potential.
Entrepreneurship in Action
Learn how an entrepreneur decided to help serve other entrepreneurs with the start of Seed Law. The founder explains how they work to teach and support entrepreneurs to help them be successful, understand their industry and have a firm foundation for their business.
The founder of DMK Consultants provides encouragement for those considering starting a business to not let fear paralyze them from taking the next step.
The co-owners of Smash Glam talk about how entrepreneurship as building a system, the importance of support networks, and how their next step is becoming philanthropists.
Learn how Mastercraft provides a unique environment for entrepreneurial start-ups under one roof. The owners share information on receiving feedback and the challenges and opportunities of starting a business.
See how RDQLUS Creative helps businesses brand their identities and design associated materials. Learn the risks entrepreneurs face when starting a company.
Entrepreneurship Classroom Resources
- Jay Starts a Business (Grades 3-5)
Jay Eagle takes students on an entrepreneurial adventure to start his own bird business. With lesson plans and supporting materials for educators, students utilize a student journal to make choices about a business while assessing their own entrepreneurial interests.
- Isabel's Car Wash (Grades 3-6)
This lesson introduces the roles of entrepreneur and investor in the context of starting a business through the book, Isabel's Car Wash. After discussing the story, students are divided into entrepreneur and investor groups for a business start-up simulation.
- Sweet Potato Pie (Grades 3-5)
This lesson highlights the resources needed for a business and what entrepreneurs should consider before starting a business. Students learn about division of labor and identify risks and rewards entrepreneurs may face when starting a business.
- Time for Cranberries (Grades 3-5)
In this lesson, students will craft and perfect a definition of “entrepreneur” and make a list of key entrepreneurial characteristics. Students will then read Time for Cranberries, which tells a story of a modern entrepreneurial family who grows cranberries.
- Entrepreneurs and Inventions (Grades 3-5)
Students learn about child inventors and then create their own invention to improve their everyday lives. They are introduced to entrepreneurship and decide on the target audience and price for their invention. Each student illustrates an invention page for a classroom book.
- Common Cents: Beyond the Lemonade Stand (Grades PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
This article discusses kids as entrepreneurs and gives steps to develop a business plan for a successful kid venture. Suggestions for marketing the business and providing good customer service are shared.
- Mind Your Own Business (Grades 3-5)
In this lesson and role play, students are introduced to entrepreneurship and the importance of a business plan before starting a new business.
- Uncle Jed’s Barbershop (Grades 3-5)
Students listen to the book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, about an African-American barber who, despite significant setbacks, saves enough money to buy his own barbershop.
- Ben Franklin: Highlighting the Printer (Grades 3-5, 6-8)
Students will learn that money is an invention and see how Ben Franklin’s work as a printer demonstrates how he was an inventor and entrepreneur who also promoted the use of currency in the United States.
- Are You Ready to Take the Risk? (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Students discover their entrepreneurial potential through a self-assessment survey. They learn about Gallup’s 10 talents of successful entrepreneurs and apply this knowledge to solve a business problem.
- Entrepreneurship Speaker Series (Grades 6-8, 9-12)
Louisville entrepreneurs shared their success stories, expertise and real-world lessons learned with students in three short videos.
- Twenty-Two Cents (Grades 9-12)
In this lesson students will explore a wide array of economic concepts related to entrepreneurship, banking, poverty, and economic decision making through the story of Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank.
- Location, Location, Location: Let's Start a Business (Grades 9-12)
In this lesson students will take on the role of an entrepreneur and describe traits their ideal consumer would possess. Then students will compare economic data from three different states to determine the ideal location for their business.
- One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference (Grade 3-5)
Students learn the definition of entrepreneurship and are introduced to the characteristics of entrepreneurs. Students are asked to apply these characteristics to themselves and people in their own communities by completing a story pyramid and then writing a short story that demonstrates how entrepreneurial activity can contribute to higher standards of living.
- Everyday Economics (Grades 9-12)
Everyday Economics: Entrepreneurs introduces the critical role entrepreneurs play in the economy when they bring together resources to produce goods and services and then assume the risk to take products to the marketplace. Associated lesson plans and resources are available.
Related Entrepreneurship Resources from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
- Black Women Business Startups
Businesses owned by black women have experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades. This new Kansas City Fed report, based on national data and a series of interviews with black women business owners, presents a summary of business owners' motivation, challenges, support and financial trends.
- Kids and Entrepreneurship Webinar
In this one hour long on-demand webinar for educators in elementary grades, get ideas for lesson plans, online courses and additional resources that can equip you with entrepreneurship resources for students.
Webinar PowerPoint Files
- Youth Entrepreneurship Guide
This guide helps place a higher emphasis on entrepreneurship throughout the education system.
Infographic: The Case for Youth Entrepreneurship (PDF)
Infographic: The Case for Youth Entrepreneurship (PNG)
- Grow Your Own Guide
This series of resources and tools used in entrepreneurship and small business development shows ways to create opportunities and help grow the local economy.
- Workforce Development and the Entrepreneurship Infrastructure
Get an overview of how entrepreneurship prepares and connects people for employment along with the five C’s of the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
- Building Regional Economies through Entrepreneurship
This research discusses how entrepreneurial activity is strongly linked to economic growth. Understand the motivation behind entrepreneurs and factors that support entrepreneurs.
- 2016 Small Business Credit Survey: Report on Women-Owned Firms
Women-owned businesses are an important segment of the U.S. economy, however a growing number of women entrepreneurs are encountering financial challenges. Use this report in your class to discuss the opportunities and limits facing this growing segment of entrepreneurs.
Other Entrepreneurship Resources
- Entrepreneurship Economics-Gr. 9-12
- Economics and Entrepreneurship- Gr. K-8
- Special series podcast regarding entrepreneurship and college
- Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder by Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Bharadwaj
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