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Classroom Business Enterprise Program

Purdue Center for Economic Education

What is the Classroom Business Enterprise Program?

The Classroom Business Enterprise (CBE) Program gives K-8 students the opportunity to operate a real money business in their classrooms. Students decide what good or service to produce, gather the necessary productive resources, then market, produce, and sell their product. Through the CBE workshop, teachers learn how to easily tie CBE activities back to the academics standards in math, reading, and social studies, and how to integrate STEM topics into their projects.

This is a high motivation program for both students and teachers.  CBE can also be a valuable teaching tool for those students who may struggle in school.  Mintonye Elementary CBE teacher Barbara Tilley noted, “It was inspiring to see students who struggle academically take the lead with a hands-on project.  It warmed my heart to measure learning in so many real world examples.”

Training program dates for Spring 2018 to be announced soon!

Receive $200 to bring entrepreneurship into your classroom

Teacher participants receive:

  • reimbursement of up to $200 for supplies and materials needed to start a classroom business
  • a full day of training from Purdue Center staff and practicing teachers
  • sub-pay reimbursement of up to $80, if needed, to attend the workshop
  • a step-by-step workbook, Economics and Entrepreneurship: Operating a Classroom Business in the Elementary and Middle School
  • both Herschel's World of Economics DVDs
  • a set of 22 KidsEcon posters
  • Professional Growth Points
  • breakfast and lunch.

There is no charge to teachers or their schools to attend the CBE workshop.  However, space is limited, and advance registration is required.

What Educators are Saying About CBE

Justine Skillman: 3rd Grade Teacher,
Hasten Hebrew Academy, Indianapolis
Barbara Tilley, 3rd grade teacher,
Mintonye Elementary, Lafayette
Katie Dodds, 4th grade teacher,
Happy Hollow Elementary, West Lafayette
Gina Boyd, 4th/5th grade teacher,
Mayflower Mill Elementary, Lafayette
Barbara Tilley, 3rd grade teacher,
Mintonye Elementary, Lafayette
Jon Rugenstein, Principal,
Lafayette Christian School
Gina Boyd, 4th/5th grade teacher,
Mayflower Mill Elementary, Lafayette
Tina Marcus, 5th grade teacher,
Eastern Elementary, Greentown