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 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.

Meet Andrew Norman, owner of Hear Nebraska.  This unique non-profit business supports and gives resources to Nebraska’s music and art communities.

RDQLUS Creative

See how RDQLUS Creative helps businesses brand their identities and design associated materials. Learn the risks entrepreneurs face when starting a company.

Trisha Clark, owner of A1 Pet Emporium, took her passion about helping animals and changed careers to start a business.  She gives advice to those who want to start their own businesses.

Get a taste of differing food-related businesses and how their owners made start-up decisions and grew their businesses.

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

Other Entrepreneurship Resources

Council for Economic Education

  • Entrepreneurship Economics-Gr. 9-12
  • Economics and Entrepreneurship- Gr. K-8

Does College Matter?

  • Special series podcast regarding entrepreneurship and college

Gallup

  • Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder by Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Bharadwaj

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