Small Business Start-Up

This course is designed to make room for new businesses to grow. The course is offered as an earlier business planned and supported by the Management class but ready to be replaced with new endeavors. The emphasis of the course is on the earlier phases of the design-thinking process to allow students to discover, ideate, and prototype. The goal of the course is to open the business by the end of the semester. Throughout the semester, students select businesses based on user needs and wants, establish a business plan, create a budget and pursue product development and business logistics. Students explore case studies for existing entrepreneurs and businesses to analyze effective and ineffective methods for business development. Students also consider how their business can serve their community philanthropically. This course is intended for students in 10th-12th grade, or requires permission from the instructor. (Fall Semester, .5 credit)