Entrepreneurship and Small Business

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ESB is the first certification product in the new Certiport Business Fundamentals Certification Program. The ESB exam is intended for use primarily in academic settings including secondary schools, vocational schools, community colleges, and technical colleges.

Candidates for ESB certification will be expected to have key conceptual knowledge of entrepreneurial and small business principles, although it is not required for students to have had real-world experience as a small business manager in order to take and pass the exam. Successful completion of this certification will validate skills and knowledge for those students interested in working in a middle-skill trade profession as their own boss and those with entrepreneurship and small business career aspirations.

Why should students study and seek certification in ESB?

Whether it is a beauty salon in a large metropolitan city, a taco shop in a booming resort location, or a car repair garage in the suburbs, an incredible number of small businesses can be found almost everywhere. In fact, in a recent report from Business.com, “every minute a new business is started in the U.S. and according to some, more than 50% of all workers will be self-employed by 2020 .” (The State of Small Business in America , 2015, Business.com, emphasis added.)

ESB certification engages and prepares students who will pursue additional postsecondary training or those who elect to enter the small business sector immediately upon high school graduation. The entrepreneurial concepts validated by this certification ensure that these students are college and career ready.

Why teach entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship education … teaches kids to think outside the box and nurtures unconventional talents and skills. Furthermore, it creates opportunity, ensures social justice, instills confidence, and stimulates the economy.
– Why Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur, April 14, 2015

The full pathway solution to ESB certification

Through Certiport’s full pathway solution you can prepare your students for the ESB certification with tailored learning materials, practice tests, and a performance-based certification exam officially endorsed by The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Adding these materials into your curriculum is easy and seamless.

ESB Program Overview

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ESB learning materials

The pathway to certification success

Preparing your students for certification is a big responsibility, so let Certiport make your job easier and more effective with specially-selected course materials and practice tests.*

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Recommended textbook

Entrepreneurship owning your future

The recommended textbook for the ESB certification is Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 12th Edition, published by The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, High School Version, 12th Edition

By Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Published by Pearson
Copyright © 2016
Published Date: Jan 21, 2016

Product Detail: Teaches basic entrepreneurship concepts such as ideation, opportunity recognition, market research and analysis, business plan development, financial planning, and business management. Addresses the importance of thinking and acting with an entrepreneurial mindset in relation to business or any career. Aligns all chapters to business plan canvas creation or business plan development.

Description: Demystifies the process of starting a business by presenting difficult economic, financial and business concepts in a manner easily understood by beginners. Content is structured to take students through the entrepreneurial process – from the ideation stages and business opportunity validation through implementation and growth. Presenting various approaches to business planning, including using a business canvas in conjunction with business plans, it can be used as a professional resource for anyone looking to start their own business. Addresses the demands of career readiness standards through activities that teach career competencies and case studies that model what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset.

*It is recommended to get at least 150 hours of instruction to prepare yourself to pass the ESB exam.

Practice

Practice tests materials

GMetrix practice tests

Performance based assessment and test preparation tools to help individuals achieve IT certification credentials. Many of your students will be anxious to assess their knowledge of applications prior to taking the certification exams. Additionally, we recognize the need for educators to properly assess an individual’s knowledge. To this end, Certiport has partnered with GMetrix to deliver industry-leading practice tests. These tests, with included reporting and insight features, ensure your students are adequately prepared to their certification exam.

Why GMetrix practice tests?

  • Accurately replicate a “live application” testing environment
  • Enhance learning through self-paced practice questions
  • Build familiarity with the testing environment
  • Increase confidence towards certification exams
  • Better prepare students to pass certification exams

GMetrix practice tests are customizable

GMetrix practice tests are customizable, allowing you to create a highly-effective environment conducive to student-centered learning. GMetrix practice tests offer two different modes:

Testing mode:

  • Students experience what the certification exams will be like
  • Timed practice tests present scenarios to perform just like the actual certification exam

Training mode:

  • Students work at their own pace as they receive feedback and step-by-step instructions for each question

To purchase ESB GMetrix Practice Tests, please contact Certiport Sales for discounted pricing options.

Certify

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification

The ESB certification is built to test and validate foundation-level concepts and knowledge in entrepreneurship and small business management. These core concepts include entrepreneurship; recognizing and evaluating opportunities; planning for, starting, and operating a business; marketing and sales; and financial management.

Objective domains

The entrepreneur

  • Identify the characteristics of entrepreneurs
  • 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
  • Given a scenario, recognize a business opportunity
  • Identify the risks, benefits, opportunities, and drawbacks of being an entrepreneur
  • Identify the benefits and drawbacks of different types of opportunities (e.g., start a new business, buy an existing business, and buy a franchise)
  • Given a scenario, analyze the demand for the goods or service and opportunities in an environment
  • Given a scenario, identify the customers or potential customers for a business
  • Given a scenario, recognize a value proposition
  • Identify the purposes and value of a business plan
  • Identify the appropriate legal structure, benefits and drawbacks for different legal structures for a business
  • Given a scenario, identify different types of licenses and regulations that are required
  • 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)
  • Given a scenario, identify support that is available for the business on a local, state, and federal level
  • Identify the ethical practices and social responsibilities of a business
  • Identify potential exit strategies for a business
  • Given a scenario, identify key positions and human capital needs(including compensation and benefits)
  • Given a scenario, determine whether work can be completed by the owner or whether employees or service providers are needed
  • Given a scenario, identify the taxes that are required
  • Given a scenario, identify intellectual property issues of trademarks, copyrights, and patents
  • Given a scenario, identify standard operating procedures (e.g., setup, conduct, internal controls, separation of duties)
  • Given a scenario, identify the factors that lead to sustainability
  • Given a scenario, identify milestones as part of a growth strategy
  • Given a scenario, develop a sales strategy and identify characteristics of a successful sale
  • Given a scenario, identify and analyze the costs/benefits of finding customers/li>
  • Given a scenario, identify how to retain customers and develop a relationship with repeat customers/li>
  • Given a scenario, determine value and methods of communication including: web sites, brochures, social media, and advertising
  • Given a scenario, interpret basic financial statements such as income statements and balance sheets
  • Given a scenario, identify the factors that influence credit ratings and the importance of a positive credit rating
  • Given a list of expenses, identify which are fixed versus variable
  • Given a scenario, identify the factors that impact the price to the customer
  • Given a scenario, identify and analyze cash flow including: accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, and debt
  • Given a scenario, create a cash flow budget
  • Given a scenario, identify the break-even point for the business

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Success Stories

ESB success stories / My story

Positive student outcomes

Read this success story to learn about NFTE  and ESB certificaton.

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) both cite statistics that underscore the benefits of entrepreneurship education. These benefits include improved academic performance, school attendance, interest in completing their post-secondary education, an increase in occupational aspirations, as well as leadership behavior. (Encouraging Future Innovation: Youth Entrepreneurship Education, US Department of Labor.) A study by Grunwald Associates further suggests that when certification is added to curriculum, statistics such as academic performance, attendance, dropout rates, and grade point averages also improve. (Grunwald Associates LLC. (2012). Tracing Student Performance in Career and Professional Education: Technology Coursework Related to Better Attendance, Higher GPAs in Florida.)  

Badging

Digital badges

Digital badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome. Representing your credential as a badge gives you the ability to share your skills online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time.

ESB Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Your ESB certification validates foundational-level understanding of core concepts related to starting or running a small business. Your digital badge makes it easy for you to promote these abilities to potential customers, investors, or even future employers on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, as well as email and online portfolios. Individuals can click on your badge to verify and learn more about the details of your Entrepreneurship and Small Business knowledge and certification.

Endorsements

Endorsements

U.S. K12 DOE lists that Include ESB:

  • Georgia: ESB is an approved End of Pathway Assessment
  • Illinois, Chicago Public School District: ESB is a CTE Early Career Credential
  • Louisiana: ESB is the exam required to receive the statewide Micro-Enterprise Credential. To learn more, visit www.louisianabelieves.com and click on Micro-Enterprise Credential Fact Sheet.
  • North Carolina: ESB is the approved credential for the ME12 Entrepreneurship II course.
  • New York: ESB is on the “4+1” list and can be used as a pathway assessment leading to a diploma requirement. To learn more, visit www.p12.nysed.gov/.
  • Utah: ESB is an approved Industry Test in the state’s CTE Skill Certificate Program. To learn more, visit schools.utah.gov/.

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 Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

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 American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education (ACE) is the USA’s unifying voice for higher education. ACE serves as a consensus leader on key higher education issues and seeks to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. ESB has earned an ACE credit recommendation for college education in general education or computing literacy. From this, students can seek credit from more than 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges, universities, and other education-related organizations that are members of ACE.

To learn more about the ACE endorsement, visit http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.getOrganizationDetail&FICE=300514.

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