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TITLE:     ENTREPRENEUR

AUTHOR:     Eva Barrett; Sweet Home High, OR 

GRADE LEVEL & SUBJECT AREA:      Grade  10 - 12
          American Government and Economics
 
OVERVIEW:     This activity is used as a group activity.  The students
work in groups of four to establish a profitable business that also helps
the economy of the community.  Give students  2-4 days to do research--
then schedule presentations. 

PURPOSE:  This activity involves students with economic factors at
a local level.

OBJECTIVES:
  l.  Awareness of factors that effect a local economy. 
  2.  Transfer of this knowledge to a national level.

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: 
  Area codes for your location. 
  County and city officials can be helpful.

ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:
  l.  Divide the class into groups of four.
  2.  One group will play the role of city council.
  3.  City Council Role:
    a.  research:
      l) What the community needs.
      2)  What will be the long term as well as the short term effects.
      3)  What permits, etc., will be required.
      4)  What is the opposition?
    b.  Presentations:
      l)  Listen and question the group enterprises will be approved.
  4.  Group Roles:  (Each group has a beginning capital of $100,000)
    a.  Research:
      l)  What does the community need?
      2)  Decide on one enterprise
      3)  What will be the effects
      4)  What permits, etc. will be required
      5)  Additional capital
      6)  Specific location
      7) Number of employees
      8)  Future Development.
    b.  Presentation to the city council.

*Note:    I also frequently allow students to testify at the hearing
against enterprises in an attempt to sway the council.

**       Brainstorming prior to the activity about state or local
economic problems sometimes will motivate the students to become more
actively involved in the group activity.


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