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Business Lessons
Activity: What is a co-operative?

Goal:

This is a basic introduction for students to the co-operative business model. Included is a self-guided slide deck and accompanying worksheet.

Key concepts:

Exploring the co-operative business model as a type of business ownership.

Timing:

60 minutes

Curriculum links: (Grades 9-12)

  • Accounting Essentials, Grade 11, (BAI3E) Workplace Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Venture, (BDI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person, (BDP3O) Grade 11, Open

  • Entrepreneurship: Venture Planning in an Electronic Age, (BDV4C) Grade 12, College Preparation

  • Marketing: Goods,Services,Events, (BMI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Marketing: Retail and Service, (BMX3E) Grade 11, Workplace Preparation

  • Business Leadership: Becoming a Manager, (BOG4E) Grade 12, Workplace Preparation

  • Launching and Leading a Business, Grade 10, Open (BEP2O)

  • Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Grade 9, Open (BEM1O)

Business Lessons
Activity: Business Model Match-up
Business Meeting

Goal:

Students will explore different types of business ownership and apply them to various scenarios.

Key concepts:

Different types of business ownership, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and cooperatives, and their appropriate applications.

Timing:

40 minutes

Curriculum links: (Grades 9-12)

  • Accounting Essentials, Grade 11, (BAI3E) Workplace Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Venture, (BDI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person, (BDP3O) Grade 11, Open

  • Entrepreneurship: Venture Planning in an Electronic Age, (BDV4C) Grade 12, College Preparation

  • Marketing: Goods,Services,Events, (BMI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Marketing: Retail and Service, (BMX3E) Grade 11, Workplace Preparation

  • Business Leadership: Becoming a Manager, (BOG4E) Grade 12, Workplace Preparation

  • Launching and Leading a Business, Grade 10, Open (BEP2O)

  • Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Grade 9, Open (BEM1O)

Business Lessons
Activity: Co-op Consultant

Goal:

Students will explore solutions to entrepreneurial challenges encountered by a collective of small business owners.

Key concepts:

  • Understand the benefits of collaboration and cooperation in overcoming entrepreneurial challenges.

  • Explore how pooling resources and efforts can help small businesses scale and succeed.

  • Discuss the potential advantages of a group of sole proprietors working together to address common obstacles.

Timing:

60 minutes

Curriculum links: (Grades 9-12)

  • Accounting Essentials, Grade 11, (BAI3E) Workplace Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Venture, (BDI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person, (BDP3O) Grade 11, Open

  • Entrepreneurship: Venture Planning in an Electronic Age, (BDV4C) Grade 12, College Preparation

  • Business Leadership: Becoming a Manager, (BOG4E) Grade 12, Workplace Preparation

  • Launching and Leading a Business, Grade 10, Open (BEP2O)

  • Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Grade 9, Open (BEM1O)

Business Lessons
Activity: Co-op Creation

Goal:

Students will brainstorm needs and wants in their community, and work collaboratively to create a co-operative business that fills a need or addresses a challenge in their school or community.

Key concepts:

  • Develop Entrepreneurial Skills: Students will develop essential entrepreneurial skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, and problem-solving. They will work collaboratively to identify a community need, explore and evaluate stakeholder impact, determine a value proposition and utilize the business model canvas.

  • Community Engagement and Impact: Students will identify a specific need or problem in their school or community that their co-operative business can address. They will analyze the social, economic, and environmental impact of their business on the community and develop strategies to maximize positive outcomes, demonstrating their ability to be socially responsible entrepreneurs.

Timing:

9 activities in total (15-30 minutes each)

Curriculum links: (Grades 9-12)

  • Accounting Essentials, Grade 11, (BAI3E) Workplace Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Venture, (BDI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person, (BDP3O) Grade 11, Open

  • Entrepreneurship: Venture Planning in an Electronic Age, (BDV4C) Grade 12, College Preparation

  • Business Leadership: Becoming a Manager, (BOG4E) Grade 12, Workplace Preparation

  • Launching and Leading a Business, Grade 10, Open (BEP2O)

  • Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Grade 9, Open (BEM1O)

Business Lessons
Activity: Business Ownership Card Game

Goal:

Students will work collaboratively to match different business ownership scenarios with the corresponding business types during this hands-on card game.

Key concepts:

  • Understand various business models, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and cooperatives, and their characteristics.

  • Demonstrate their ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.

Timing:

30 minutes

Curriculum links: (Grades 9-12)

  • Accounting Essentials, Grade 11, (BAI3E) Workplace Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Venture, (BDI3C) Grade 11, College Preparation

  • Entrepreneurship: The Enterprising Person, (BDP3O) Grade 11, Open

  • Entrepreneurship: Venture Planning in an Electronic Age, (BDV4C) Grade 12, College Preparation

  • Business Leadership: Becoming a Manager, (BOG4E) Grade 12, Workplace Preparation

  • Launching and Leading a Business, Grade 10, Open (BEP2O)

  • Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Grade 9, Open (BEM1O)

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