3 Introduction to Business Lesson Plans That Teach Entrepreneurship Blog Feature

By: Mary Seward on December 13th, 2012

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3 Introduction to Business Lesson Plans That Teach Entrepreneurship

Business Education | Entrepreneurship

Is entrepreneurship essential in an intro to business lesson plan?

Are there lesson plans that blend both together?

The answer to both questions is the same — yes!

So where do you find the resources that’ll help you teach entrepreneurship, especially as an extension of intro to business?

These are three of the best resources to teach entrepreneurship in an introduction to business class:

  1. Saylor Academy
  2. Coursera
  3. Business&ITCenter21


If you want to introduce your students to business and entrepreneurship, this is how you start!

1. Intro to Business (Saylor Academy)


The Saylor Academy intro to business course is designed for use by students all over the world.

The non-profit is dedicated to educating everyone who wants to learn about a subject with open-source, Creative Commons resources.

That means everything in the Saylor syllabus can be found somewhere else without the threat of copyright infringement.

It also makes Saylor an excellent resource for good business education ideas.

After all, they’ve scoured the globe (and Internet) to make sure they have everything they need to get students through a full course load.

With an open syllabus, you can peruse Saylor Academy’s business course as you’d like to find the specific resources that’d work for your classroom.

You can also take ideas on how to lay out your own classroom for the best possible impact.

The best part is that Saylor’s syllabus includes items on entrepreneurship and starting a business.

In other words, almost all of the materials listed in Saylor’s syllabus will apply to your course in some way.

That makes Saylor an excellent starting point for your intro to business course with a focus on entrepreneurship.

With their lessons, you can be confident that your students will start strong.  

2. Entrepreneurship Courses (Coursera)


Like Saylor Academy, Coursera is an online company that offers education in a wide range of fields.

They source their materials from known universities throughout the world, including Ivy League schools.

As a result, they have some of the best-procured lessons and resources to teach entrepreneurship as an extension to business.

If you teach middle school, Coursera may be above the comprehension level of your students. But you can still peruse Coursera yourself for ideas!

In a nutshell, you just have to pick a course from a school and read what they offer.

Some courses are free. Others may require a fee. But almost all of them list their syllabus and course requirements, which is exactly what you need to get started with your students.

To start, you just need to jump to Coursera. Take some time to see which schools offer what courses, and then dive into the courses you like.

Before you know it, you’ll have enough high-end educational material to fuel an entire syllabus.

Just keep an eye out for anything that looks too complicated! The last thing you want to do is confuse your students with learning materials that are out of their age range.

Still, if you teach teenagers or adult learners, there’s a good chance you can find success with Coursera.

And if you teach students younger than that, you can always try another intro to business / entrepreneurship resource – digital curriculum.

3. Entrepreneurship Module (Business&ITCenter21)


The entrepreneurship module in Business&ITCenter21 covers the basics that a student needs to know to understand what it’s like to start a business.

Incidentally, this information also serves as a great introduction to business in general.

Profit, loss, market evaluation, customer acquisition, and more are all covered in this eight-hour collection of lesson plans and activities.

Combined with your teaching expertise, that makes this module an excellent starting point for students, especially in middle school.

After all, this content is designed for students between sixth and eighth grade. It’ll still work for high school, but the format won’t work well with older teens or adult learners.

Regardless, the information in the Business&ITCenter21 entrepreneurship module is solid. It’s also part of a digital curriculum, meaning you can use the module as the main part of your class or as a supplement to other materials.

Really, you can’t go wrong by using Business&ITCenter21.

The only catches are that you need an electronic device with an Internet connection if you want to use the module in its entirety. Laptops, tablets, and even smartphones are all compatible with Business&ITCenter21.

If you have those ready for your students, all you need is Business&ITCenter21!

How Do You Teach Entrepreneurship with Business&ITCenter21?


It’s easy – you just need to sign up for a free trial!

With Business&ITCenter21, you can create courses, enroll students, and add modules that round out your students’ education.

Some teachers in the Business&ITCenter21 community use it to teach computer applications. Others use it for business fundamentals. Still others use it for career readiness!

In a nutshell, you can always teach more than just entrepreneurship with Business&ITCenter21.

Want to learn more?

Just read how our teacher community uses Business&ITCenter21 every day.

Each teacher has his or her own unique story that demonstrates the versatility of Business&ITCenter21 in the classroom.

Read their stories for yourself!

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About Mary Seward

Mary Seward spent many years leading the Curriculum Development team at AES before embarking on her dream to build a farm.