Entrepreneur Engagement Resources

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21st Century Skills: Analysis/Solution Mindset

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Understanding Different Points of View Understanding the Context of Problems Connecting Information with Critical Thinking Thinking About Multiple Solutions

Material Type: Assessment

21st Century Skills: Collaboration

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Working as aTeam Player Finding Common Ground Shared Responsibilities and Creative Input Dealing with Conflict in a Positive Way

Material Type: Assessment

21st Century Skills: Communication

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Speaking Professionally Communicating Digitally Nonverbal Communication Understanding How to Listen

Material Type: Assessment

21st Century Skills: Empathy

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Differentiating Empathy with Sympathy Actively Listening Respecting Diverse Backgrounds Understanding Others' Needs at Work

Material Type: Assessment

21st Century Skills: Resilience

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Being Prepared Bouncing Back and Learning from Adversity Dealing with Conflict and Compromise Seeing Personal Growth as a Way of Life

Material Type: Assessment

21st Century Skills: Self-Awareness

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Evaluating Strengths and Areas of Growth Understanding the Effects of Actions Workplace Manners Finding a Good Fit

Material Type: Assessment

21st Century Skills: Social Diversity/Awareness

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A set of instructional videos paired with a simple assessment. Learners that get a passing score are awarded a digital badge. Topics covered: Respecting Other Backgrounds Understanding the Importance of Social Diversity Expanding Your Definition of "Normal" Working Effectively in a Diverse Environment

Material Type: Assessment

Small Business Administration: Managing

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The world of business can be a difficult one, particularly for those entering the business world as owners or managers of a small business. Fortunately, there are a number of resources online that can ease this transition. The United States Small Business Administration has created this resource that is designed to give business owners a basic overview of how to manage, market, and lead their business. The site is divided into several discrete sections, including Management for Growth; Leadership and Marketing & Sales. Within each section, visitors can read essays that address such topics as the management of employees, buying a franchise, equity financing, and strategic planning. One of the highlights here is a free online growth strategies course. The site is rounded out by an area that provides information about some of the Administration special initiatives designed to help women, minorities, and veterans.

Material Type: Full Course

Basics of Accounting

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This course introduces the viewer to the most important principles in accounting. This course is also designed for corporate or legal professionals to be able to better work with corporate accounting departments. This course starts with explanations of the basic financial accounting documents: the balance sheet, the income statement and other financial statements. We’ll go over basic bookkeeping rules and where various information is entered and kept. Modules two through four cover the accounting process. We’ll discuss the concepts of recognition and matching, accrual and deferral of revenue and what constitutes current assets. We’ll also discuss inventory and the “LIFO,” “FIFO” and just-in-time methods to track inventory. We’ll also look at the concept of depreciation, mainly relevant for income and capital gains taxation, and the various depreciation methods and rules. We’ll also look at how to account for intangible assets, securities, debt instruments, leases and capital accounts. In module five, we’ll turn to the principles of accounting. We’ll discuss the “Generally Accepted Accounting Principles” and how they are formed and work. We’ll also discuss auditing and the principles that govern that pursuit. We’ll also look at responsibility for financial statements, gray areas and some sample cases where questions of liability for false or misleading financial statements went to the courts. In our last module, we’ll focus on the quantitative tools that are used in valuations. We’ll look at many different types of ratio analyses and their rules and uses. We’ll look at myriads of ways to measure profitability and performance. Then, we’ll discuss the time value of money and its impact on accounting. Finally, we’ll wind up the course by discussing different ways to value a company.

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture, Lesson

Author: Stephen Haas

Financial Management for Small Businesses: Financial Statements & Present Value Models

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This book is for those whose financial management focus is on small businesses. For you, we adapt the traditional financial management themes emphasized in corporate financial management courses to meet the needs of small businesses. Many financial managers of small businesses come from farms or agribusinesses. Others are interested in working for or starting businesses in the food or retail sectors. In most cases, these businesses aren’t organized as C-corporations impacting things like taxes, depreciation, and legal requirements around compiling and reporting financial data. They are rarely publicly traded which creates unique constraints to raising debt and equity capital and calculating required risk-adjusted returns. These financial managers are interested in solving specific problems they face in family or small businesses. They want to know how to apply the tools they are learning—coordinated financial statement analysis, present value analysis, management of cash flow, measuring their opportunity costs, etc.—to the problems they face at home. As we started to work on the actual problems faced by these managers, it quickly became clear that corporate finance tools don’t exactly fit the small businesses they come from. Further, in attempting to tackle the problems they bring, we learned that finding and/or constructing the data needed for financial management is another skill set often overlooked and in need of development. In the end, after investing a lot of time, we found that—without adaptation—corporate finance theory as traditionally taught doesn’t meet the knowledge needs and application skills of financial managers of small businesses. We wrote this book to be a catalyst that enables students and managers of small businesses to learn the tools and skill sets that will help them make sound financial management decisions.

Material Type: Full Course

Authors: J Roy Black, Lindon Robison, Steven Hanson

BA 101B - Business Analytics

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Second course in a two-course sequence. Introduces and applies technical skills around beginning and managing a small business, including spreadsheets and the use of charts and graphs. Includes reflection and discussion of the application of concepts to a real-world example. Requires teamwork and collaboration to be exercised in completing a group project. Covers application of financial, legal, and administrative procedures in running a business. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Represent business models in spreadsheets including preparation of charts and graphs. Apply key business activities and the primary concepts and terms associated with these activities. Manage a business interacting with the external environment (through a simulation) and describe how this interaction impacts both business and the external environment. Implement the financial, legal, and administrative procedures involved in starting new business ventures. Identify ethical issues facing businesses. Effectively collaborate with team members and communicate professionally.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Mindy Bean

Entrepreneurship

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This module presents the following as its content: • Meaning of the term Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship, • Characteristics of Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneur, • Entrepreneurial competencies , • Types and functions of Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial roles, Ventures and Style, • Motivations for starting Business, • Small Businesses: Vital Components of the Economy, Significance and role of Small Businesses ,Steps in setting a small business unit ,Small business failure factors ,Factors support the sound management of small business , • The Government and Legal Environment of Business, Government Regulation, Areas of Business Law relating to small Business, Business risks and insurance, Legal form of business ownership and legal requirement, Criteria for choosing the ownership of firms, • Opportunity scanning and Identification , Sources of Business idea , Methods of generating business idea, • the purpose and importance of a business plan, need for a business plan, parts of a business plan, an outline of a business plan, writing a business plan and finally • Entrepreneurship and ICT (entrepreneurship based on ICT innovations).

Material Type: Module

Author: Hannah Bula

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of any modern economy - everyday, entrepreneurs around the world are starting their own business. This free online course from The E-Learning Network (TELNET) examines how entrepreneurs can surmount obstacles and also examines how business ideas can be developed and habits an entrepreneur must adopt to be a success. Upon completion of this course you will develop an understanding of obstacles entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them. You will gain a good knowledge of the development process and the planning process involved in the launch of a new product. You will have a good understanding of the business ecosystem and a knowledge of successful entrepreneurial habits. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about entrepreneurship or who may be thinking about starting their own business.

Material Type: Module

Author: ROI Africa E-Learning Network