Business Finance

How many employees do I need?  What are my profits?  How do I do my taxes?  Students learn the answers to these basic questions that each small business owner needs to know as they create businesses and sell products to the other students.

Teaching Material

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  • Business Finance Pacing Guide: Print the Pacing guide for easy reference or to distribute to your students. Courses can be taught as outlined in the pacing guide or can be lengthened or shortened to fit your needs as a teacher.

Online Material

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Week 1 C2 BTN Choose a Company Unit 1
Choose a Company
This lesson will focus on introducing the course material and getting started.  You will teach students how to take personality surveys and fill out job applications.
Week 2
Week 3
C2 BTN Sell a Product Unit 2
Create and Sell Product
This lesson teaches students how to calculate and estimate weekly payments for specific products their companies are selling. These products are sold to other students and will be billed for and paid weekly by the students.
Week 4 C2 BTN Advertise Unit 3
This lesson teaches students how to calculate area, balance spatial design, and consider the effects of color on their design.  Students will calculate the material and costs of a billboard by calculating areas of different parts of their billboard.
Week 5
Week 6
C2 BTN Where are Taxes Spend Unit 4
Where is Tax Money Spent
Students will learn the importance the government places on taxes, learn about very large numbers, and will learn where tax money is spent.
Week 7 C2 BTN Federal Taxes Unit 5
Federal Taxes
Students will learn about reading very large numbers.  They will understand progressive and flat taxes and will calculate taxes from the tax brackets.
Week 8 C2 BTN Tax Return Unit 6
Tax Returns
Students will complete a simple personal tax return form for Federal Taxes using form 1040EZ.
Week 9 C2 BTN Staffing T-Shirts Unit 7
Calculating Staffing Requirements
 This lesson teaches how to calculate costs and staffing requirements in a company.
Week 10 C2 BTN Sale Price Popcorn Unit 8
Calculating Selling Price
This lesson expands the concepts of unit sales and percents by teaching students how to create a pricing model for a popcorn company.
Week 11 C2 BTN Product Design Marshmallow Shooter Unit 9
Product Design and Sales
 This lesson expands the concepts of unit sales and percents by teaching students how to design and sell a Marshmallow Shooter.
Week 12
Week 13
C2 BTN Travel Agent Unit 10
Travel Agent – Design a Trip
This lesson teaches students how to plan for a road trip.  they will calculate travel costs, hotel costs, and time zones.
Week 14 C2 BTN Resturant Design a Menu Unit 11
Restaurant Owner – Menu Design
Students will use fractions, unit conversion, markup, and unit sales as they create a menu and associated recipes for a restaurant.  They will calculate cost of cooking, sales prices, and basic costs of running a Restaurant.
Week 15 C2 BTN Shipping Prices Unit 12
 This lesson will teach students the basics of calculating shipping costs.
Week 16 Experimental Probability Button Unit 13
Experimental Probability
 This unit teaches students about probability, both calculated and experimental.
Week 17
Week 18
C2 BTN Catering Unit 14
Projecting Profits
 This unit teaches how to graph company profits, and create equations for projecting profits based on future sales.
Week 19
Week 20
BTN C1 Final Unit 15
Business Finance Final Review
 During this lesson, you will review some of the most fundamental topics that are needed to survive in life.  These items will be on the final exam.