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Do you ever set goals for yourself? Like, three perfect spelling tests in a row or one goal per soccer game?

Well, I set a BIG business goal for myself this year: Help five friends launch five new businesses. It’s a big goal because I usually help three friends start businesses a year, so I’m “up-ing” my goal by 40%. (How I got that? I’m adding two more businesses, and 2/5=40 or 40%.)

In order to do that well, I’ll need to practice, sharpen, get really, really good and strong and smart at business. My secret? My NEW workbook - the Bea School Guidebook! Any time I want to start brainstorming about business, I run through the book to get my creative juices flowing, so I’m ready for my friends, er, customers.

It's a great spot to just get started thinking about business - and we've got it separated into 4 parts:

  • Business Concepts
  • Business Math
  • Case Studies
  • Business Plan
If you want to take the next step in understanding business and entrepreneurship as a kid, this is THE place to start!
 
By the way, because I believe so much in the power of the workbook, we've got a special price rocking on orders of 20 books or more! Workbooks, Chapter books, and Leveled Readers will all be $6.99 for a limited time!
 
Just email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
I'll look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Why should YOU or YOUR COMPANY sponsor a classroom of kids to receive 'Bea' Books?

REASON #1: Get kids thinking like entrepreneurs so they can be future difference makers.

REASON #2: Help kids who never are exposed to business LEARN something entirely new.

REASON #3: Give little minds the tools to prepare them for the future.

Buy 20 books for a discounted rate:
Leveled readers: $9.99 --> $6.99
Chapter books: $12.99 --> $7.99

MESSAGE US TO GET STARTED and PASS IT ON!

 

 

It's already mid July, and I'm starting to realize that school is right around the corner! This past year, the team at Bea is for Business visited more than 20 classrooms to read and talk about business, and this year, we're doing a little more! Now people (AND companies) can sponsor a whole classroom of kids to receive 'Bea' books. All the kids in the room can start learning about business, and thinking like young entrepreneurs. #Jackpot! Here's how YOU can BE A B2S HERO:


Sponsor 20 books, and you can get a discount!

Leveled Readers: Usually $9.99 --> Get 'em for $6.99

Chapter Books: Usually $12.99 --> Get 'em for $7.99


TO GET STARTED, CONTACT US HERE, or SEND US A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK!

I love getting letters from fans - especially when they share a cool business idea! This one is all about popcorn... which I LOVE as a business idea (it is, after all, the topic of my first chapter book! Get it here!).


Popcorn can be a great product to sell for a number of reasons, including:

-it doesn't have to be refridgerated

-it can last a couple days (if you don't put too much butter on it!)

-you can make a lot of it at once

-people love it... at ball games, at the park, walking around, at festivals (so many places!)

-you can even make different flavors!

 

My favorite part of the letter (because there's a lot to learn from it!) was this quote:

“After customers eat it, they will want a drink, so you can offer a free cup of water.”

So TRUE! Great idea... and here's a thought to consider at home... rather than offering a free cup of water, do you see another selling opportunity? What would you do differently?

I had a really cool thing happen. A classroom in Charlotte read my book, and then sent me letters about each student's business idea! Jackpot! I'm going to post a bunch of their ideas with little notes from their letters ... I think looking at their ideas can help us all learn about business!

One of the letters I got was about a Duct Tape Accessory business. What my friend said in the letter was really smart:

"The easiest way to [make the products] is to make a line of people and each has a different job . Let me explain how to work this assembly line . First you will have someone cut strips of duct tape, next you will have someone stick the stripes together. Third, someone will take the strips of duct tape and put them into what they want to make.” - E.J.

My friend E.J. is talking about an assembly line! That's just like the one Lander and I used in my first book. Glad to see it in action!

Here are a few things you can talk about at home:

-Have you ever seen an assembly line? Check out this video from an old Mr. Rogers segment. I love it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nSX-pKodCM

-What other materials could you use to make accessories like purses or shoes or wallets?

So as I’ve thought more about the importance of “making spirits bright,” it occurred to me that “bright” can mean a lot of different things. For example . . .
Bright = shining light
Bright = happy (like in the Christmas Carol...)
Bright = smart

And I thought about my gift of helping kids with business , and how I want to share that with others this holiday season. So, if you know a classroom that would L-O-V-E to receive a FREE copy of the latest Bea is for Business chapter book, let me know!

We’ll be selecting random classroom winners to get a copy early next year!

There are a number of ways you can let me know about your classroom nomination:
-write an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
-leave a comment in the notes below this blog post
-shoot me a message on Facebook

Just let me know the classroom, grade, city and a contact email, and we’ll get you entered in the drawing!

Thanks so much for helping Bea is for Business “make spirits bright” this year!

-Happy Holidays!

Bea

The Lookie Cookies business was a F-U-N plan . And, it might sound dweeby (that's a word, right? It is now!) but Kristen and I learned a lot. Every time I'm part of a new business venture, I get better and better at it. I’m also just really proud (like, BIG proud) when Kristen (or any of my other friends) decide to keep going with their business. That means they really believe in the idea. And themselves. AND that's a sweet feeling.  #Jackpot


With every business venture I'm a part of and I make some money with, I set aside some money to donate to the animal shelter. I do it mostly because Mom and Dad taught me just how important and all-around-good it is to help others. I give to the animal shelter because that’s where we got Hamilton. Since he’s my dog-brother, I try to look out for other pups like him.
 
Friday after school, Mom and I went to the animal shelter to give them some of the money I've been saving up for them; with Christmas coming, I wanted to make sure the dogs and cats have enough food, treats, water, and heat, so if my money can help them right now, that's great. Mrs. Johnson, who works at the front desk there, was excited to see us. She asked about Hamilton, and we told her that he's a real character, he still likes peanut butter, and we're happy to have him. Mrs. Johnson was over-the-moon excited for my donation. She said it will be a big help around the shelter this winter. She was so appreciative. That made me feel really good. 
 
As we walked out, I heard Christmas music playing in the lobby. I heard the song lyric, "making spirits bright..." and I turned to Mom. 
 
"Mom! That's it!" I said. 
 
"What's it, Bea?" She asked. 
 
"Making spirits bright! That's what business is about!" I exclaimed. "Maybe it's the dog and cats here; maybe it's Mrs. Johnson; maybe it's Kristen. Business is all about making the world and people a wee bit brighter!" 

"That's a pretty bright insight, Bea," said Mom. 
 
"Well, it's got to start somewhere, ya know? Might as well start with me!" I said. I threw Mom a high-five, and we headed home. 

Do you have a business idea? I’d love to hear it! And I’d love to help you get it off the ground. Grab mom or dad, and write me an email , I’ll be happy to help!
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Stay tuned for my next business venture...

 I want our cookie company to have THE COOLEST company name EVER. All right, so really it’s Kristen’s cookie company – I’m just helping her get it off the ground. Once she’s up and running, she’ll need to manage it all by herself.
That’s what I do at Bea is for Business – help businesses get off the ground – then I step out and let the CEO (Chief Executive Officer aka the BOSS, the big cheese, the big kahuna) keep it going and take it to the next level.

But, here’s the deal - I’ve got to be honest with you – ever since I had that awful run in with Nigel, I’m feeling a little nervous about chatting about business at school. I had a plan though. Today, Kristen and I raced to King Coal – the HUGE boulder at the end of the playground. We were far, far away (but still at school, of course!) and perched up high on a look-out spot in case Nigel tried to come listen.


When we were sitting on King Coal, we scribbled down a list in my Big Ideas notebook. These were the names we came up with for the cookie company:

  • Lookie Cookie!
  • R Cookies R Great!
  • Kristen’s Cookies
  • Kristen the Cook’s cookies
  • Cooooooookies!
  • Cookies Deliciousies
  • Cheferific Cookies
  • Cook Cookies
  • You-Nique Cookies

We’ll have to do some thinking and decide which one is the best! Which name do you like? Do you have any other ideas? Love to hear 'em!