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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Minnesota Business Venture
Sponsoring Organization: BestPrep

Main Contact
Name: Amanda Labo
Title: MBV Program Manager
Address: 7100 Northland Circle N, Suite 120
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Phone: (763) 233-6325
Fax: (763) 398-0391
Curricular area: Social Studies
Grades Served: 9 , 10 , 11


Minnesota Business Venture (MBV) is a weeklong residential summer program for students in grades 9-12. Each summer, MBV brings students together from across the state to spend a week with business leaders to learn about business skills, financial literacy concepts and career options.

Minnesota Business Venture Goals: 1. To improve business and financial literacy skills of high school students. 2. To provide students with the skills needed to be successful in college, work and life. 3. To provide an opportunity for students to explore career options.

Minnesota Business Venture Program Objectives:


Business people become the MBV faculty, called Resident Business Leaders, sharing their knowledge and business experience with the future workforce. Throughout the week-long session, students and business mentors attend sessions on career development, college admissions, entrepreneurship, ethics, buying your first car and insurance. They participate in activities such as simulated job interviews and sessions to develop financial literacy skills. A business simulation exercise is the core project for the week. Students take on roles in the areas of Marketing, Finance or Operations to create and develop a product and present a business plan to a panel of judges.

The Minnesota Business Venture curriculum has been developed and will continue to be refined annually by the Advisory Committee.

Program Activities:

Program Dates

July 8-13,2018,St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN July 22-27,2018,St. John's University in Collegeville, MN We offer two, one-week long sessions.

Can students reside on campus? Yes

Can students commute to campus? No

Estimated residential cost per student
Tuition: $400
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $20
Room/Board: $350
Transportation: $60