A Business of our Own

Introducing Grade 3-6 Students to the Possibilities of Business

Entrepreneurs drive the Canadian economy, strengthen communities and create jobs.

In JA’s 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.


After completing this program, students will be prepared to:
  • Identify different types of organizations
  • Understand the basics of managing a business and financial record keeping
  • Create and implement a business plan for their own retail business
  • Describe their experience in operating a business
  • Draw conclusions about planning and running a retail business


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Students can also access our self-directed program through the JA Campus.

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Use the links below for more information about getting involved with A Business of Our Own.

To check program availability, or for more information about A Business of Our Owncontact your local JA office.

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