Strategies for Success

Watch the web tutorials below to learn more about the different elements that comprise a high-impact student business. Hear illuminating stories and tips of the trade, directly from the teachers who facilitated student businesses. 

 

How To Come Up With A Great Business Idea

How do you come up with an amazing idea for a student business? Our experts will give you tips. In this video we explore topics such as: What does it mean to be a consumer? What is your market? Who might buy what you want to sell? What kind of research contributes to a great business plan? How do you get the support of school administration and other key stakeholders? And much more…

How To Come Up With A Great Business Idea

How To Recruit Students for the Business

Where can you find students that might want to work in the business? How can you work with other teachers and school clubs to recruit students? Should you take every student that wants to join? Or be selective? Can you take an entire class and transform it into a business? How can student employees recruit other students?  Learn tips of the trade from our experts. 

How To Recruit Students for the Business

How To Train Students to Run the Business

You’ll need to train students for their roles in the business.  Our experts share their best techniques. Some topics we’ll explore: How can you incorporate universal design principles into your training? When should you consider bringing in guest speakers? What are some training adaptations that might be helpful for students with disabilities? 

How To Train Students to Run the Business

How Can Your Business Help Students Develop Marketable Job Skills

What are the types of skills that students, with and without disabilities, can learn through working in a student business? How can you find teachable moments?  What’s the role of peer role modeling?  Could you incorporate task shadowing? Get some get great ideas for your student business.

How Can Your Business Help Students Develop Marketable Job Skills

Incorporating Student Business Activities into IEP’s

How do you incorporate student business activities into IEP’s? What kinds of business skills are likely to fit within IEPs? Hear from those who have successfully facilitated student businesses. 

Incorporating Student Business Activities into IEP’s

Ways Your Business Can Protect the Planet

Your student business affects the health of the planet. How can you “green” your business and lessen your environmental impact?  Our expert teachers will tell you how.  What are some ideas for finding more eco-friendly versions of your existing products? How can you reduce your waste? How can you get your customers to go “green” with you?
Ways Your Business Can Protect the Planet

Incorporating Business Philanthropy and Ways to Give Back to the Community

Good businesses are socially responsible. Can your business help people in your own community? Or even across the globe? Should you donate part of your proceeds? How do you choose the right cause to support?   Can you include your customers in your giving program?  Where could you volunteer at a business?

Incorporating Business Philanthropy and Ways to Give Back to the Community

Ways to Develop Leadership Skills Within a Student Business

Student businesses are the perfect place to cultivate leadership skills. How can you draw out potential leaders? Can you utilize peer mentoring to create new leaders? What about “problem” students? Can they be leaders too?  Hear inspiring stories from our expert teachers.

Ways to Develop Leadership Skills Within a Student Business

How To Seek Out Partners For Your Student Business

Developing partnerships with local businesses, school clubs, and other groups is an important part of creating a successful student business. What are some of the benefits you might receive from working with certain types of partners? Could students get paid jobs with your community partners?  How can partners help increase the business revenue?

How To Seek Out Partners For Your Student Business

Success Stories

Many students flourish by participating in a student run business. Get inspired by hearing stories of success.

Success Stories

Other Advice For Creating a Successful Student Run Business

The teachers with the SMEAF project have facilitated student businesses through multiple phases: from idea generation, to initial launch, to expansion and growth. Hear their best advice for facilitating a highly successful student run business.

Other Advice For Creating a Successful Student Run Business


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