Posts tagged ‘Business Planning’

Teaching Entrepreneurship in 30 Minutes or Less Part 3: (Free Award Winning Syllabus and Lesson Plan)

Want to teach entrepreneurship to a class, kids, grandkids (yourself) in 30 minutes or an hour? Here’s part 3 in our 3 part series…featuring Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L Arbuckle professor, Harvard Business School, and HR Most Influential 2012 International Thinker.

Continue Reading October 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm 1 comment

The Financial Crisis and Small Business in the Classroom – Part 4

This is the last of a 4-part series on the financial crisis, small business, and exercises that can be used to teach about the importance of both of these topics.  This series is based on specific takeaways from SBA Acting Administrator Sandy Baruah.  See post #1post #2, and post #3.

VIDEO – SBA Chief on Small Business and the Financial Crisis

The topic for today: Business Planning

Business planning is a popular topic in business schools and entrepreneur-inhabited garages, basements, and corporate boardrooms across the world. Why is it particularly important now? In discussing how to address the challenge of obtaining credit, Baruah suggests the number one thing a business owner should do is provide a solid business plan. Show sound thinking behind your business and the approach to your market.

Suggested Exercises:

Level A: Lead an overview discussion in class about the importance of business planning.  Without any background or research, just using common sense, what might students want to see in a business plan if they were an investor or banker? (Next: Compare answers to business plan template from “Level B”).

Level B: Engage students in an EITC business plan exercise discussion (3-3)and, as an even more advanced step, allow students to build their own business plan (3-4).  Reference: Business planning: Module 3, Slides 4 to 43. (EITC free curriculum):

October 29, 2008 at 5:37 pm 5 comments


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