Entrepreneurs drive the Canadian economy, strengthen communities and create jobs.
However, children are often not encouraged to become entrepreneurs.
In JA’s newly updated A Business of Our Own program, grade 3-6 students put on entrepreneurial hats and run their own retail business. Students learn how to start a business, produce and promote their products, track their finances and manage a team. Volunteers from the local business community use experiential blended learning and game-based technology to engage students and ignite their passion for business. In addition to in-class lessons, budding entrepreneurs are now able to continue learning at home through JA's online business simulation.
How We Achieve
Seventy percent of Achievers indicate that participation in a JA program had a significant impact on their desire to be an entrepreneur.*
*The Boston Consulting Group (2011 report)
A Business of Our Own teaches students basic business concepts such as management, finance, production and marketing. This learning is enhanced by the use of games and multimeda to enable students to fully immerse themselves in the joys and challenges of running their own business.
In this interactive program students will:
Learn about different types of organizations
Develop an understanding of management and financial record keeping
Create business goals
Practice the skills needed to run a business
Create and implement a business model canvas for their own retail business
Learn about pricing and promotions
Describe their experience in operating a business
Draw conclusions about planning and running a retail business
By the end of the program, students will know how to manage risks and seize business opportunities. This will inspire them to dream big, take on new challenges and think about becoming Canada's next entrepreneurs.
Use the links below for more information about getting involved with A Business of Our Own.
To check program availability for Charters outside of Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, or for more information about A Business of Our Own, contact your local JA office.