MBA Research


Support Business and Marketing Education!

We’re working to build a network of local business leaders who support the teaching of Business Administration (economics, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management, and marketing) in high schools nationwide. Each Network member will be invited to provide input via online surveys, discussion groups, and conference calls – 15 minutes at a time.  Also, members will be invited to learn more about business and marketing education; BPA, DECA, and FBLA; and about opportunities to be involved at the local, state, and national levels.

Network input will be used to validate standards and assessments.  This helps to ensure that your students acquire the know-how needed in the business world.

Participation in the Network will increase your business community’s support of your program as we generate discussion and dialogue in your community’s service clubs (Think Rotary, Lions, Sertoma, etc.), among members of local and regional Chambers, and within professional and trade groups. Imagine the impact on your administrators’ perceptions of your program when the business community is fully on board.

To nominate members of your business community, begin here.


Questions? Please read our FAQ.

Who should I nominate?
We’d welcome any business leader in your community who meets our basic criteria. However, rather than inviting everyone you know, it will be easiest (and more effective) if you initially invite those managers and executives who you know on a personal basis. They are more likely to say yes, and their participation will help you gain confidence in the Network. As you hear from them about what we’re doing, you’ll likely want to add other nominees from your community. So, start with 5 – 10 business “friends” who meet our criteria and then we’ll work together to build participation in your community.

I already have an advisory committee. How is this different?
Think of the MBA Executive Advisory Network as the next level of participation for managers and executives on your committee. You can even use our surveys and discussion boards as a discussion starter in your own meetings. Since most local advisory groups include both business representatives and others, the nature of the discussion is likely to be different. The MBA ExecNet includes only established business leaders.

If they join your ExecNet, will they still be interested in my local advisory group?
Absolutely. In fact, we believe the level of interest will increase. As members begin to understand the potential of local business/marketing programs, we expect them to become increasingly strong advocates for what you do with kids. And, we believe that as they participate in our national activities, they will see new ways to work with you and to help you strengthen your programs.

My business community doesn’t seem to have much time to give. You want me to ask them for more?
Yes, we’re asking for some of their time (20 minutes per month minimum). To address their time management issues, we’re making it extremely easy for them to participate. First, they can join and participate from their own desk at their own convenience. Second, we’re designing the activities so that each will take no more than 20 minutes. (The only exception is the optional conference calls which are being designed for 45 – 50 minutes.)

Will you ask them for money?
Indirectly. Donations (or request for donations) will not be a part of any activity of the Network. In the news section of the web site, we will from time-to-time encourage them to support their local student organizations (BPA, DECA, or FBLA). This will be very low key and will be more from an informational perspective than from a solicitation perspective. In addition, we will have a “Financial Support” item in the menu. This section will explain how their company can contribute to the research and development we do on behalf of local programs. At no time will we ever email them to request contributions.

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