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The ESB certification has been designed based on feedback and insights gathered from an official ESB Advisory Board, which includes the following organizations and individuals:

  • Dave Lefkowith, Lousiana Department of Education
  • Jenny Bradbury, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Tom Gold, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Gene Coulson, Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education
  • Angela Pate, CareerSource North Central Florida
  • James Wilcox, Mississippi Council of Economic Education
  • Phyllis Frankfort, Working in Support of Education

The following organizations are official endorsers of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business certification:

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurhship (NFTE)

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is an international nonprofit that activates the entrepreneurial mindset in young people and builds their knowledge about business startup. Students acquire the entrepreneurial mindset (e.g., innovation, self-reliance, comfort with risk), alongside business, STEM, and presentation skills-equipping them to drive their best futures in the 21st Century. NFTE focuses its work on under-resourced communities, with programs in 23 locations in 10 countries.

To learn more, visit www.nfte.com, like NFTE on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NFTE, or follow us on Twitter at @NFTE.

The Entrepreneur

  1. Identify the characteristics of entrepreneurs
  2. Given a scenario including a self-assessment outcome, identify the strengths, weaknesses, and risk tolerance the self-assessment identifies and how to compensate with services
  3. Given a scenario, recognize a business opportunity
  4. Identify the risks, benefits, opportunities, and drawbacks of being an entrepreneur

Opportunity Recognition

  1. Identify the benefits and drawbacks of different types of opportunities (e.g., start a new business, buy an existing business, and buy a franchise)
  2. Given a scenario, analyze the demand for the goods or service and opportunities in an environment
  3. Given a scenario, identify the customers or potential customers for a business
  4. Given a scenario, recognize a value proposition

Starting a Business

  1. Identify the purposes and value of a business plan
  2. Identify the appropriate legal structure, benefits and drawbacks for different legal structures for a business
  3. Given a scenario, identify different types of licenses and regulations that are required
  4. Identify the benefits and drawbacks of various sources of start-up funding: Equity (friends/family, angels, venture), Debt (bank, credit cards, personal loans), and Grants (government, foundation, corporate)
  5. Given a scenario, identify support that is available for the business on a local, state, and federal level
  6. Identify the ethical practices and social responsibilities of a business
  7. Identify potential exit strategies for a business

More Exam Objectives

Business Operations

  1. Given a scenario, identify key positions and human capital needs(including compensation and benefits)
  2. Given a scenario, determine whether work can be completed by the owner or whether employees or service providers are needed
  3. Given a scenario, identify the taxes that are required
  4. Given a scenario, identify intellectual property issues of trademarks, copyrights, and patents
  5. Given a scenario, identify standard operating procedures (e.g., setup, conduct, internal controls, separation of duties)
  6. Given a scenario, identify the factors that led to sustainability
  7. Given a scenario, identify milestones as part of a growth strategy

Marketing and Sales

  1. Given a scenario, develop a sales strategy and identify characteristics of a successful sale
  2. Given a scenario, identify and analyze the costs/benefits of finding customers
  3. Given a scenario, identify how to retain customers and develop a relationship with repeat customers
  4. Given a scenario, determine value and methods of communication including: web sites, brochures, social media, and advertising

Financial Management

  1. Given a scenario, interpret basic financial statements such as income statements and balance sheets
  2. Given a scenario, identify the factors that influence credit ratings and the importance of a positive credit rating
  3. Given a list of expenses, identify which are fixed versus variable
  4. Given a scenario, identify the factors that impact the price to the customer
  5. Given a scenario, identify and analyze cash flow including: accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, and debt
  6. Given a scenario, create a cash flow budget
  7. Given a scenario, identify the break-even point for the business

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