Workshop Description

Online Entrepreneurship Institute: Part B Business Plan

Entrepreneurship education also develops better employees in any career field and community change agents. Self-paced modules include 200+ free, online, real-world resources for inquiry, performance, and project-based learning. Zoom classes include introductions to community resources, local entrepreneurs, and breakout groups for peer collaboration. Practical module assignments result in a business plan first draft. Topics include marketing, operations, management, financial statements, business structures, elevator pitches.

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Mar 08, 2022 - Apr 08, 2022
All Day
Registration Deadline: March 4, 2022
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 20

Entrepreneurial skills are 21st century skills that advance Virginia’s 5 C’s and Profile of a Graduate learning objectives while preparing students for the new Innovation/Gig Economy and as better employees (i.e., intrapreneurship) and citizens (i.e., social entrepreneurship).  Moreover, research suggests that entrepreneurship education is a real “game-changer” for students, especially those in impoverished rural and urban areas, because it develops self-efficacy, intrinsic motivation, growth mindset, resourcefulness, resiliency, and calculated risk-taking—to name a few.  Developing business plans capitalizes on inquiry, performance, and project-based learning that optimizes student engagement while unleashing student potential.

The overarching Institute goal is to streamline a blend of entrepreneurship content and pedagogy by teachers reviewing instructional resources that can be easily and quickly customized for the students and subjects they teach.  More specifically, this 20-hour online Institute is mostly self-paced with several synchronous Zoom meetings, featuring Virginia entrepreneurs who will share “lessons learned” and peer feedback breakout groups.  The Institute “textbook” is comprised of the latest and greatest online, free, real-world, entrepreneurship resources (e.g., textbook, articles, videos, lessons, podcasts, infographics, PPT slides, etc.) organized into modules around business plan components such as resource and operations planning, marketing plan, management, financial statements, business structures, and pitching to investors.

The Online Entrepreneurship Institute: Part A Entrepreneurial Mindset is not a prerequisite; however, it is offered Feb 1 – Mar 4, 2022 for an additional 20 recertification hours.  Teachers who complete Part A and Part B (not necessarily in that order) will earn the “VCEE Certified Entrepreneurship Educator” credential upon passing both exams.

Appalachian Power | State Farm

Bank of America | Truist Foundation | Virginia Bankers Association Education Foundation | Virginia Credit Union | Virginia Lottery | Virginia Society of CPAs | Wells Fargo


Additional Information:

A welcome email with important information will be sent the week prior to the Institute start date. Please keep an eye on your emails. Seating is limited and a waiting list will likely need to be created. If your plans change after you register, kindly let us know as soon as possible, so we can give your seat to another teacher on the waiting list. Thank you.

Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Ayers
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Dr. Cheryl Ayers
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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