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Economics and Personal Finance Resources for K-12


Economics and Personal Finance Education Resources from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Knowledge@Wharton High Schools

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NGPF Next Gen Personal Finance

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NY SBDC’s Webinars

Links to New York Small Business Development Center webinars, covering a variety of business-related topics

SBA Learning Center

The Small Business Administration’s collection of business related trainings

Sources used in EntreSkills

Module 1: Intro to entrepreneurship
  • A World of Wealth by Thomas G. Donlan. FT Press, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2008.
  • Family Business, Risky Business by David Bork, Borkinstitute for Family Business, 1993.
  • Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. Back Bay Books, 2008.
  • The Nature of Economies by Jane Jacobs. Vintage, 2001.
  • We Are All Self-Employed by Cliff Hakim. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2003.
Module 2: Becoming an entrepreneur
  • Artful Work by Dick Richards. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 1995.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills by Andrew J. Dubrin. Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 2005.
  • Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus. Public Affairs, New York, 2009.
  • Even Eagles Need a Push by David McNally. Dell, 1994.
  • Get a Life, Not a Job by Paula Caligiuri. Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2010.
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
  • How to Change the World by David Bornstein. Penguin Books, New York, 2005.
  • In the River They Swim edited by Michael Fairbanks, Marcela Escobari-Rose, Malik Fal, and Elizabeth Hooper. Templeton Foundation Press, West Conshohockten, PA, 2009.
  • Leading Social Entrepreneurs. Ashoka, Arlington, VA, 2004.
  • Peak Learning by Ronald Gross. Tarcher, 1999.
  • Student Entrepreneurs by Michael McMyne. St. Louis University, 2006.
  • The Dip by Seth Godin. Portfolio, New York, 2007.
  • The Empowered manager by Peter Block. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1991.
  • The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid by C. K. Prahalad. Wharton School Publishing, 2010.
  • The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn. Currency, New York, 2004.
  • The Way of the Guerrilla by Jay Conrad Levinson. Mariner Books, 1998.
  • Upstart Start-Ups! by Ron Lieber. Broadway Books, New York, 1998.
  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1998.
  • Working for Good by Jeff Klein. Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 2009.
Module 3: Starting a business
  • Business: The Ultimate Resource. Basic Books, 2006.
  • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, by Michael J. Gelb. Dell, New York, 2000.
  • The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki. Portfolio, New York, 2004.
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber, HarperBusiness, New York, 1995.
  • The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook by Michael J. Gelb. Dell, New York, 1999.
  • The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman. Picador, 2007.
Module 4: Positioning your business
  • Conscious Business by Fred Kofman. Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 2006.
  • Fish! by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen. Hyperion, New York, 2000.
  • Growing Your Business! by Mark LeBlanc. Expert Publishing, 2003.
  • Managing By Values, by Ken Blanchard and Michael O’Connor. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2003.
  • Managing for Dummies by Bob Nelson and Peter Economy. For Dummies, 2010.
  • Putting the One Minute Manager to Work by Kenneth Blanchard and Robert Lorber. William Morrow, 2006.
  • The Heart Aroused by David Whyte. Broadway Business, 1996.
  • The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Berkley Books, New York, 1982.
  • The Power of Ethical Management by Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale. Fawcett Crest, New York, 1988.
  • The Responsibility Revolution by Jeffrey Hollender and Bill Breen. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2010.
  • Tribes by Seth Godin. Portfolio, New York, 2008.
Module 5: Know your market
  • Competitive Advantage by Michael E. Porter. Free Press, New York, 1998.
  • Competitive Strategy by Michael E. Porter. Free Press, New York, 1998.
  • Why We Buy by Paco Underhill. Simon & Schuster, New York, 2008.
Module 6: How you do business
  • Adhocracy by Robert H. Waterman, Jr, W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 1993.
  • Business Process Improvement by H. James Harrington. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1991.
  • Implementing the ISO 9000 Series by James L. Lamprecht. Marcel Dekker, New York, 1993.
  • The Deming Management Method by Mary Walton. Perigee Books, 1988.
  • The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox. North River Press, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, 2004.
  • Zapp! The Lightening of Empowerment by William C. Byham. Ballantine Books, 1997.
Module 7: Developing a strategy
  • Strategy Pure and Simple II by Michel Robert. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1998.
  • The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge. Broadway Business, 2006.
  • The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook by Peter Senge, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross, Bryan J. Smith, and Art Kleiner. Currency, New York, 1994.
  • The Manager’s Pocket Guide to Systems Thinking & Learning by Stephen G. Haines. HRD Press, Amherst, MA, 1999.
  • The Mind of the Strategist by Kenichi Ohmae. McGraw Hill, 1991.
  • Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows. Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, VT, 2008.
Module 8: The marketing plan
  • Achieving Excellence Through Customer Service by John Tschohl. Bestsellers Publishing, 2008.
  • All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin. Portfolio, New York, 2009.
  • At America’s Service by Karl Albrecht. Grand Central Publishing, 1995.
  • Conversational Capital by Bertrand Cesvet. FT Press, Upper Saddle River NJ, 2009.
  • Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson. Mariner Books, 2007.
  • How to Write a Successful Marketing Plan by Roman G. Hiebing, Jr. and Scott W. Cooper. CCH, 1999.
  • Integrity Selling for the 21st Century by Ron Willingham. Currency Doubleday, 2003.
  • Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy. Vintage Books, New York, 1985.
  • Selling with Integrity by Sharon Drew Morgen. Berkley Books, 1999.
  • Spin Selling by Neil Rackham. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1988.
  • The One Minute Sales Person by Spencer Johnson and Larry Wilson. William Morrow, New York, 2002.
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Back Bay Books, New York, 2002.
  • The Ultimate Marketing Plan by Daniel S. Kennedy. Adams Media, 2006.
  • Unleashing the Ideavirus by Seth Godin. Hyperion, New York, 2001.
Module 9: Your business and the Internet
Module 10: Global marketplace & government opportunities
Module 11: Finances
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers by Lawrence W. Tuller. Adams Media, Holbrook, MA, 2007.
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. Business Plus, 2010.
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad for Teens by Robert T. Kiyosaki. Running Press, 2009.
  • Small Business Financial Management Kit for Dummies by Tage C. Tracy and John A. Tracy. Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 2007.
Module 12: Risk
Module 13: Legal matters
  • Business Law. Barron’s Educational Series, Hauppauge, NY, 2009.
  • Managing To Stay Out of Court by Jathan Janove. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco, 2005.
Module 14: Succession planning
Module 15: Writing the business plan
  • Business Plans Kit for Dummies by Steven Peterson, Peter E. Jaret, and Barbara Findlay Schenck. For Dummies, 2010.
Module 16: Busness model canvas

What's in the EntreSkills program

Following is a listing of the EntreSkills™ modules and the learning objectives for each section within each module.

There is no right or wrong way to use EntreSkills. Some people use the entire program; others jump to the modules that are relevant to their needs.

Module 1: Introduction
  • Introduce EntreSkills™
  • Identify your motivation for learning to be an entrepreneur.
  • Be aware of the program contents, and learn how to use its features.
  • Define entrepreneurship.
  • Identify your motivation for learning entrepreneurship.
  • Identify what you want to learn from EntreSkills™.
  • Introduce you to The New York Small Business Development Center.
  • Introduce you to the EntreSkills™ team.
Module 2: Becoming an entrepreneur
  • Consider why you want to start a business.
  • Learn the reason for starting a business.
  • Investigate learning plans.
  • Understand what is required to learn entrepreneurship.
  • Begin to think like an entrepreneur.
  • Find your passion.
  • Discover your purpose.
  • Clarify your vision.
  • State your principles.
  • Assess your entrepreneurial characteristics.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Be introduced to social entrepreneurship.
  • Clarify your life focus.
  • Decide to apply this program to starting a business or to creating a satisfying life.
  • Identify potential mentors.
Module 3: Starting a business
  • Develop an idea for your business.
  • Introduce the concept of developing a business idea.
  • Examine your own experiences to begin generating business ideas.
  • Research customer preferences and the experiences of other entrepreneurs for additional business ideas.
  • Learn to brainstorm.
  • Review a list of possible businesses.
  • Evaluate each of your business ideas.
  • Learn why business ideas fail.
  • Test your business idea.
  • Decide on the form of your business.
  • Name your business.
  • Introduce the concept of a business plan.
Module 4: Positioning your business
  • Identify what business you are in.
  • Define your business mission.
  • Clarify your business vision.
  • Choose your business values.
  • Learn about business ethics and social responsibilities.
  • Learn the basics of "going green".
  • Develop your business model.
Module 5: Know your market
  • Research your industry.
  • Identify barriers to entering that industry.
  • Identify ways to overcome those barriers.
  • Identify who is your customer.
  • Create a customer profile.
  • Identify your competitors.
  • Profile your competition.
Module 6: How you do business
  • Write an elevator speech for your business.
  • Become familiar with the categories of business capabilities.
  • Describe the research and development capabilities of your business.
  • Outline the operations capabilities of your business.
  • Learn about the procedures used to produce your product.
  • Go in-depth about the people part of operations.
  • Decide where you want to locate your business.
  • Choose the distribution channels for your business.
  • Plan the organizational structure for your business.
  • Discover the forms of organizational structure.
  • Profile the key players in your business.
Module 7: Developing a strategy
  • Understand the importance of strategic planning.
  • Conduct a SWOT analysis of your business.
  • Identify opportunities and threats in the marketplace.
  • Analyze the results of your SWOT analysis.
  • Apply what you learn from your SWOT analysis.
  • Formulate a competitive strategy.
  • Choose a growth strategy for your business.
  • Select the resources you will use to grow your business.
  • Set growth goals for your business.
  • Create an action plan to achieve your growth goals.
  • Outline how to implement your plan.
  • Evaluate your plan’s implementation.
  • Form an exit strategy.
Module 8: The marketing plan
  • Assess your target market.
  • Position customer perception of your product or service.
  • Write a positioning statement.
  • Craft a tagline.
  • Choose a pricing strategy.
  • Write marketing goals.
  • Refine your distribution plan.
  • Plan how you will promote your product.
  • Describe how you will provide quality service to your customers.
  • Record ideas for generating word-of-mouth advertising.
  • Decide how to evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing plan.
Module 9: Your business and the Internet
  • Learn about e-commerce and the basic tools required to conduct business over the Internet.
  • Decide whether your business should be on the Internet.
  • Select a method or a company to develop your business’s website.
  • Decide how you will maintain your website.
  • Decide what kind of security you will need on your website.
  • Learn how to increase the number of customers who visit your website.
  • Decide how to maintain great customer service online.
  • Review the key concepts that businesses should know about business on the Internet.
Module 10: Global marketplace & government opportunities
  • Decide whether or not to do business globally.
  • Learn the basics of international market research and e-commerce.
  • Learn about international operations, including manufacturing, technology, and outsourcing.
  • Become familiar with import and export documents, practices, laws, and modes of transportation.
  • Learn about the fundamental components of financing.
  • Learn the importance of local culture and political climate to global business, including business etiquette, local customs, and protocol.
  • Learn how employment works for a global business.
  • Gain an understanding of key environmental issues for a global company.
  • Understand how the government may be a potential customer for your business.
Module 11: Finances
  • Calculate the start-up costs for your business.
  • Calculate how much you can personally afford to invest in starting your business.
  • Select bootstrapping techniques you can employ for your business start-up.
  • Consider outside funding sources you may ask for money.
  • Prepare an income statement for your business.
  • Prepare cash-flow projections for your business.
  • Calculate your business assets.
  • Calculate liabilities and equity.
  • Complete your balance sheet.
  • Conduct a breakeven analysis.
  • Create a first-year budget for your business.
  • Calculate financial ratios for your business.
  • Review tips for hiring an accountant.
  • Identify the insurance needs of your business.
  • Identify which taxes your business must pay.
Module 12: Risk and the small business
  • Learn about risk and how to identify it.
  • Identify three types of business risk.
  • Understand the risk management mistakes made by many business owners.
  • Identify common business objectives and the related risks.
  • Identify the key elements for assessing risk, identify four ways to manage risk, and understand risk management methods.
  • Understand the risks that all small business owners face.
  • Understand the basics of new business ownership, preventing fraud, and protecting business information to reduce risk.
Module 13: Legal matters
  • Decide under what form you will organize your business.
  • Identify registrations, licenses, and permits required for your business.
  • Identify the types of contracts you may encounter operating your business.
  • Identify works you created for which you may wish to seek copyright protection.
  • Determine if you have an invention that may be patented.
  • Consider the use of a trademark or servicemark.
  • Assess your compliance with consumer protection laws.
  • Follow labor laws when hiring employees.
  • Review environmental laws relevant to business.
  • Determine what zoning laws are relevant to your business.
  • Follow guidelines for closing a business.
  • Determine the advisability of filing for bankruptcy.
  • Assess the suitability of an attorney to represent your business.
Module 14: Succession planning
  • Learn about the importance of succession planning.
  • Consider two key issues for succession planning.
  • Plan how you will transfer control to your successor.
  • Learn about options for transferring assets with the help of a financial professional.
  • Learn about three steps to preparing to sell your business.
  • Prepare your business financially for sale.
  • Review the five major categories of business valuation methods.
  • Learn about different types of buyers and describe the terms for your business’s sale.
  • Review legal considerations often associated with selling a business.
Module 15: Writing the business plan
  • Understand the importance of having a business plan.
  • Identify the audience for your business plan.
  • Receive guidelines for writing and assessing your business plan.
  • Create the title page and table of contents for your plan.
  • Write the executive summary for your business plan.
  • Write the company overview section of the business plan.
  • Draft the business environment section of the business plan.
  • Write the management portion of the business plan.
  • Prepare the company strategy portion of the business plan.
  • Compose the marketing section of the business plan.
  • Prepare the financial information to be included in the business plan.
  • Create an action plan as part of your business plan.
  • Identify items to be included as appendices in your business plan.
  • Check that all necessary information is included in the completed business plan.
  • Identify how you may use your plan.
  • Monitor the need to revise your business plan.
Module 16: Business model canvas
  • Learn about the origin of the Business Model Canvas.
  • Be introduced to the purpose of the Business Model Canvas.
  • Understand the difference between a business plan and the Business Model Canvas.
  • Gain an understanding of how the Business Model Canvas works.
  • Learn about the Business Model Canvas components.
  • Learn about the customer discovery process.
  • Create a Business Model Canvas.