An Entrepreneur-Kids Holiday Season Discussion Guide

November 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm Leave a comment

When you control your own business, you can also use that power for good. This holiday season – in the car, on the plane, at the breakfast table, huddled around the iPad or droid – consider the following discussion: doing well, while doing good. What does it look like for an entrepreneur?

First, a quick definition…

Q: What is social entrepreneurship?

A: Aside from doing well, and doing good, social entrepreneurs shift resources to address social issues.

Examples.

The following are all examples of acting in a socially entrepreneurial way.

  • Think of the local convenience store that puts a collection can by the register.
  • What about a school doing box tops for education?
  • Have you ever donated an extra dollar on your bill at the grocery store to a charity?

Discuss.

1. Other examples: What are other ways you’ve combined business, school, and a charity or social cause?

2. Brainstorm: What is an interest area (music, fashion, writing, tech).

3. What are things that big companies or famous people in these areas do to give back to causes or charities? Are they combining business and charity?

Want more? Beyond the discussion.

1. Can entrepreneurs do “good” while doing well? What is an example in your community? Do a search for “social entrepreneurship” or “social cause” of “charity” and “business” and see what pops up. Post the links here and note what was interesting to you about the link you chose.

2. Check “Social Entrepreneurship” in the free Entrepreneur in the Classroom (EITC) Powerpoint. See a brief video here.

More information

Know a Young Entrepreneur? Have them apply for a scholarship here.

EITC: 3 free PPTs to teach entrepreneurs. Click here.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at www.NFIB.com/YEF. The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

Entrepreneur In The Classroom. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom (EITC) supplemental curriculum exposes students to entrepreneurship and the necessary steps to take an idea and turn it into a business. The free curriculum can be integrated into classes teaching a variety of subjects including music, art, fashion, business and many more. You must be registered to view the full Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom curriculum.

Related links.

 Unofficial Student Guide to Social Entrepreneurship at Harvard and Beyond

Top 5 Resources for Young Social Entrepreneurs.

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