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:1. In your own words, define ''entrepreneurship''. Explain to your merit badge counselor the role of the entrepreneur in the economy of the United States.
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:2. Identify and interview an individual who has started his or her own business. Find out how the entrepreneur got the idea for the business and how the entrepreneur recognized it as a market opportunity. Find out how the entrepreneur raised the capital (money) to start the business. How well is the business doing? Report what you learn.
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::c. For each of the three ideas that you chose, prepare a list of questions that you would ask potential customers.
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::d. For each of your three ideas, informally interview potential customers, using the lists of questions from requirement 3c. Report what you learn.
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::e. Using the information you have gathered, choose the one idea that you feel is your best business opportunity.
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:4. Conduct a feasibility study of your business idea by doing all of the following (briefly writing or explaining each item to your counselor):
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:::2. Tell how you will make the product or perform the service. Determine whether it is technically feasible (practical or doable).
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*[http://coles.kennesaw.edu/pages/sife/entrepreneurshipMB/ Boy Scouts Entrepreneurship Merit Badge]
*[http://coles.kennesaw.edu/pages/sife/entrepreneurshipMB/ Boy Scouts Entrepreneurship Merit Badge]
*[http://www.bbb.org/alerts/ Better Business Bureau Alerts and News]
*[http://www.bbb.org/alerts/ Better Business Bureau Alerts and News]
*[http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/ Young Entrepreneur]
*[http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/ Young Entrepreneur]
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Entrepreneurship merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1997
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 134
Requirements revision: 2007
Latest pamphlet revision: 2006

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By earning the Entrepreneurship merit badge, Scouts will learn about identifying opportunities, creating and evaluating business ideas, and exploring the feasibility (how doable it is) of an idea for a new business. They will also have the chance to fit everything together as they start and run their own business ventures.


Entrepreneurship merit badge requirements

  1. In your own words, define entrepreneurship. Explain to your merit badge counselor how entrepreneurs impact the U.S. economy.
  2. Explain to your counselor why having good skills in the following areas is important for an entrepreneur: communication, planning, organization, problem solving, decision making, basic math, adaptability, technical and social skills, teamwork, and leadership.
  3. Identify and interview an individual who has started a business. Learn about this person’s educational background, early work experiences, where the idea for the business came from, and what was involved in starting the business. Find out how the entrepreneur raised the capital (money) to start the business, examples of successes and challenges faced, and how the business is currently doing (if applicable). Discuss with your counselor what you have learned.
  4. Think of as many ideas for a business as you can, and write them down. From your list, select three ideas you believe represent the best opportunities. Choose one of these and explain to your counselor why you selected it and why you feel it can be successful.
  5. Create a written business plan for your idea that includes all of the following:
    a) Product or Service
    1. Describe the product or service to be offered.
    2. Identify goals for your business.
    3. Explain how you can make enough of the product or perform the service to meet your goals.
    4. Identify and describe the potential liability risks for your product or service.
    5. Determine what type of license, if any, you might need in order to sell or make your product or service.
    b. Market Analysis
    1. Identify the types of people who would buy your product or service.
    2. Identify your business’s competitors, and describe their strengths and weaknesses.
    3. Describe what makes your product or service unique.
    c. Financial
    1. Determine how much money you will need to start your business, and identify how you will obtain the money.
    2. Determine the cost of offering your product or service and the price you will charge in order to make a profit.
    3. Describe what will happen with the money you make from the sales of your product or service.
    d. Personnel
    1. Determine what parts of the business you will handle yourself, and describe your qualifications.
    2. Determine whether you will need additional help to operate your business. If you will need help, describe the responsibilities and qualifications needed for the personnel who will fill each role.
    e. Promotion and Marketing
    1. Describe the methods you will use to promote your business to potential customers.
    2. Explain how you will utilize the Internet and social media to increase awareness of your product or service.
    3. Design a promotional flier or poster for your product or service.
  6. When you believe your business idea is feasible, imagine your business idea is now up and running. What successes and problems might you experience? How would you overcome any failures? Discuss with your counselor any ethical questions you might face and how you would deal with them.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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  1. Entrepreneurship is an extremely rare merit badge with only 1,332 earned in 2007!


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