A Business of Our Own

Introducing Grade 3-6 Students to the Possibilities of Business

Entrepreneurs drive the Canadian economy, strengthen communities and create jobs.

However, children are often not encouraged to become entrepreneurs.

In Junior Achievement’s Business of Our Own program, grade 3-6 students put on entrepreneurial hats and become the CEO of their own retail business. Volunteers from the local business community partner with classroom teachers to help students set up a retail stand, track profits and distribute earnings. Students learn the responsibilities of running a business and how to work with others to achieve shared goals.

Business of Our Own teaches students basic business concepts such as management, finance, production and marketing. Students will have fun running their own business while building their skills in language, communication, numeracy, math, critical thinking, problem-solving, creative thinking and decision-making.

In this interactive, in-class program students will:

  • •  Learn about different types of organizations
  • •  Develop an understanding of the role management and financial record keeping
  • •  Create business goals
  • •  Practice the skills needed to run a business
  • •  Develop and implement a business plan for their own retail business
  • •  Learn about pricing and promotions
  • •  Describe their experience in operating a business
  • •  Draw conclusions about planning and running a retail business


    By the end of Business of Our Own, students will understand the key success factors to running a business. This will inspire them to dream big, take on new challenges and consider careers as entrepreneurs.

    For more information about Business of Our Own or to get involved, contact your local Junior Achievement of Canada office.