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Online Educational Tool for Future Entrepreneurs is Available for Teachers

A new and enhanced version of the free online, interactive educational tool for future entrepreneurs, EntreSkills™, has been released by the Office of Entrepreneurial Education.

A new and enhanced version of the free online, interactive educational tool for future entrepreneurs, EntreSkills™, has been released by the Office of Entrepreneurial Education (oe2), a division of the New York State Small Business Development Center at the University at Albany. The program is available to all New York State high school teachers, home school educators, and BOCES instructors.
The content and functionality of the EntreSkills™ curriculum has been completely rewritten and programmed to meet the changing needs of educators and students.

A unique enhancement to the new EntreSkills™ version is the development of a business plan builder component. As students complete the chapter activities and respond to questions posed, the data will be automatically captured and compiled into a business plan. Once the chapters and questions are completed, a draft business plan will be available for the participant to review, modify and use. The new version features enriched content, new video, graphics, more interactivity, case studies, success stories, tests, quizzes, website links, and auto-grading of tests.

All of the chapters have been written to ensure the program offers the most current information that conforms to the New York State Education Department learning standards in Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) and the New York State Common Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.

The Office of Entrepreneurial Education provides a variety of educational products and services to promote interest in entrepreneurship. These educational programs include web-based curricula on basic entrepreneurial concepts in two versions – EntreSkills™ and EntreSkills™ for Veterans. The oe2 program provides training for teachers, veterans and others interested in teaching or studying the curriculum through the use of webinar technology and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

The SBDC, administered by the University at Albany, the largest unit of the State University (SUNY), has 24 regional service centers located throughout the New York State on SUNY, City University of New York (CUNY) and private university campuses. Since inception in 1984, the SBDC has provided small business advisement services to more than 324,000 New Yorkers. The SBDC also provides training and business research to existing business owners and entrepreneurs. SBDC clients have invested over $4.3 billion in NY, impacting 147,000 jobs.

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York, local communities and host campuses. As a result of this leveraged support, the SBDC staff provides confidential one-on-one business advisement services at no direct cost to the citizens and entrepreneurs of New York.

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