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Instructor: Mr. John Shumacher
Number of Credits: ½
Grade Level: 10-12
Prerequisite: None

Class eBoard:

This 1/2-unit course will introduce students to the concept of Entrepreneurship. Small business is the backbone of the American economy. (Over 90 percent of the new jobs created each year originate within small businesses.) For small business to grow, more young people need to be made aware of the opportunities offered by business ownership.

Classroom Rules & Regulations: To make this year in Career & Financial Management the most productive and enjoyable it can be, I have developed a few simple guidelines. Following these will help you to be an active learner and an asset to the class environment.

  1. Be on time to class. Be seated at your computer and ready to work by the time the bell rings. Lateness will not be tolerated.
  2. Be prepared for class. You should have a pen, View binder and paper. If you miss a class, you are responsible for finding out what work you missed and then making it up by the due date.
  3. Be involved. Participate in class, offer your ideas and share your thoughts with the rest of us.
  4. Be respectful. Appropriate behavior is expected at all times.

Class time is an important commodity. It is not to be wasted. If you need to make up work you missed, you are to make arrangements to do so before or after school. When in the computer lab for special assignments, students are expected to abide by the school's Acceptable Use Policy at all times. Accounts will remain locked until the AUP form has been returned with the appropriate signatures.

All work is considered important. Your quarterly grades will reflect class work, tests, quizzes, and projects. Your success is important to me. I will be available for extra help. Please see me to arrange it. I look forward to having an interesting and successful year together.

Materials: 1 1/2" binder (to be left in the classroom); pen or pencil; paper.

Course Overview

Going into Business for Yourself

  1. What is Entrepreneurship?
  2. Your Potential as an Entrepreneur
  3. Recognizing Opportunity
  4. Global Opportunities

Researching and Planning Your Venture

  1. Feasibility and Business Planning
  2. Market Analysis
  3. Types of Business Ownership
  4. The Legal Environment
  5. Site Selection & Layout Planning

Managing Market Strategies

  1. The Marketing Plan
  2. The Price Strategy
  3. The Promotion Strategy
  4. Managing Sales

Managing Your Business Process

  1. Preparing to Manage
  2. Managing Purchasing & Inventory
  3. Production Management & Distribution
  4. Managing Operations & Staffing
  5. Managing Human Resources

Managing the Finances of Your Business

  1. Financing your Business
  2. Accounting & Financial Reporting
  3. Analyzing your Finances

Growing Your Business

  1. Risk Management
  2. Making Your Business Grow
  3. Social & Ethical Responsibility

The Business Plan Project

Entrepreneurship/Entré Skills Links

Site Name: EntreSkills

URL Address:
Topic: Entrepreuneurship

Site Name: The Upstart Small Business Legal Guide, Second Edition (Business Week Magazine Online)

URL Address:
Topic: How to Understand Legal Issues and Protect Your Small Business, Complete with Forms

Site Name:  INC Magazine
URL Address: 
Topic: Personal Management/Marketing: Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Site Name: Entrepreneurship: Ideas in Action
URL Address:

Site Name: EconoWeb
URL Address:


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