Last updated: 8/9/2013
Niagara Falls City School District
630 66th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Business - BUS 430 - Entrepreneurship - Grs. 10-12 - 10-Week

(1) CDOS.C.3b Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.
(1) CDOS.E.1 Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.
(1) CDOS.E.2 Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.
(1) CDOS.E.3a Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace.

Unit 1: Going into Business for Yourself

Chapter 1: What is Entrepreneurship?

Define the role of small business and entrepreneurship in the economy. Compare and contrast economic systems. Explain how economics is about making choices. Define the role of economic indicators and business cycles. Describe what entrepreneurs contribute to the economy. Analyze entrepreneurship from a historical perspective. Nsame the five components of the entrepreneurial start-up process. Explain how to achieve business success.

Chapter 2: Your Potential as an Entrepreneur

Identify the rewards of going into business for yourself. Recognize the risks of going into business for yourself. Identify the background, characteristics, and skills of successful entrepreneurs. Explain techniques that will improve your potential for becoming an entrepreneur. 

Chapter 3: Recognizing Opportunity

Examine current trends that provide opportunity for entrepreneurs. Identify ways to recoginize opportunity. Explain how to think creatively about opportunity. Determine ways to find creative business ideas. Identify the importance of personal values and goals in choosing an entrepreneurial pursuit. Examine the challenges and rewards of entering a family business. Determine the benefits and drawbacks of buying a business. Describe how you can evaluate a business opportunity.

Chapter 4: Global Opportunities
Describe the role of entrepreneurship in today's multicultural, global economy. Explain why the global market is important. List current trends that provide both domestic and global opportunities for entrepreneurs. Identify the benefits and risks of international trade. Explain how to find the best international markets. Compare and contrast importing and exporting.

Unit 2: Researching and Planning your Venture

Chapter 5: Feasibility and Business Planning

Discuss the importance of defining a prospective business by writing a clear and concise business concept. Describe how a feasibility study can be used to test a concept in the marketplace. Ecplain the importance of business planning. Identify and describe the components of a business plan. List two of the key mistakes that entrepreneurs make when writing a business plan. Identify and analyze various sources of information for a business plan. Describe how to professionally package and present a business plan.

Chapter 6: Market Analysis

Define areas of analysis for industry and market research. Describe how to conduct effective market research .Explain how to research an industry. Identify a cusomer profile and customer needs analysis.


Glencoe Entrepreneurship - Building a Business

 Technology Magazines

Equipment Manuals

Guest Speakers

Field Trips





  • Accounting Principles
  • Profit and loss
  • Break-even point
  • Interest

Social Studies:

  • Industrial Revolution
  • History of Entrepreneurs


  • Inquiry-Scientific Method


  • Workshop Model
  • Rituals and Routines
  • Opening (mini lesson)
  • Work time (station)
  • Closing


  • Quick writes (notebook)
  • Reflection/Connection Journal
  • Narrative procedure
  • Research skills


  • Non-fiction
  • Textbook reading
  • Vocabulary activities
  • Narrative procedure (Directions, manuals, instructions)
  • Computer Literacy

How E-Commerce Works

How Creating an Online Business Works

Monster Merchant Account

Online, Credit Cards are the Only Way to Buy

Shopping Cart Software



Completed Projects

  • Portfolios
  • Journals containing:
    • Connections
    • Reflections
    • Outside Information
  • Narrative procedure writing
  • Observations
  • Tests


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