Educator & Parent
Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) provides to students a taste of new skills, careers, and opportunities before they graduate in order to prepare them for whatever their future holds.
If you know students dreaming of starting their own business, searching for career direction, heading for college, or just eager to enter the workforce, MBV will give them a big head start! MBV is an opportunity for engaged students to meet and work with others who are eager to jumpstart their futures.
Benefits to Students Attending MBV:
Interactive learning sessions
Frequently Asked Questions
Promote MBV at your School
Each summer Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) seeks enthusiastic volunteers to enhance the student experience and knowledge at MBV. Opportunities range from an hour to a full-week, and focus on career development, business skills, financial management and entrepreneurship. Over 150 volunteers are needed to make MBV a success, and all opportunities take place at St. Cloud State University or St. John’s University in Collegeville in July.
During the week, students complete a job application in preparation for a potential job opportunity. As a Mock Interviewer, you will sit down with a student and conduct a brief interview, followed by feedback to help them improve. Numerous interviews will be conducted over a 90 minute period. Volunteers are briefed and provided with sample questions.
Students are eager to know about budgeting and investing. However, only 16.7% of high school seniors take a money management or personal finance course. We are seeking professional financial planners and/or advisors to lead a small group of students in discussions about the importance of effective financial planning. Volunteers are briefed and provided with curriculum for this hour long session.
Business Plan Judge
Throughout the week at MBV students work in groups called “companies” to create a business plan for a hypothetical product of their own design. Each group presents their marketing, operations and financial plan at the end of the week to a panel of judges. Participating as a judge is an excellent opportunity for you to see what students learn at MBV, and to give feedback to the students on the business plan that they have worked hard to create. This is a three and a half hour commitment.
Register to Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering in the above day long opportunities at MBV, please fill out the form.
Resident Business Leader
Members of the business community are needed to lead and facilitate a group of 10-15 students for one week. The week is a variety of leading the small group, listening to speakers cover business topics such as marketing, finance, motivation, branding and money management, and sharing ideas and resources amongst the students and other RBLs. This also serves as an opportunity for RBLs to learn about their own leadership, management and team-building skills. The number one thing new RBLs wish they would have known before camp is how much fun MBV is! If you have questions or would like more information regarding being an RBL, please contact us!
Thank you for connecting with Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) again!
Since MBV’s inception in 1981, we have had more than 9,000 high school students participate. We at BestPrep (formerly known as Business Economics Education Foundation – BEEF) would enjoy hearing about how MBV impacted you and your education or career goals.