American Enterprise DayNovember 15 is recognized by FBLA-PBL each year as American Enterprise Day. This date is set aside to salute and publicize the American free enterprise system and to teach others about it. Chapters celebrate American Enterprise Day through a wide range of activities, projects, and festivities. The scope of these activities varies by chapter size, budget, and ambition.
Examples of projects that have had success include the following:
Reaching Elementary Schools
- Write and present songs and skits about American enterprise to an assembly of students in grades K–5.
- Create activity booklets geared to students in grades K–5.
- Ask local businesses what gives them a business advantage; tailor their answers into a 30-minute presentation, using a mix of lectures and games for students in grades 1–6.
Reaching Middle and High Schools
- Have business students write essays on the American enterprise system; publish winning entries in the school newspaper.
- Stage a Monopoly® tournament with customized rules representing various economic systems.
- Develop a workbook for eighth graders about free enterprise and the job market. The workbook should have information on how to fill out job applications, different occupations, and earnings.
- Conduct a free enterprise mystery game over the public address system: each day for a week, students get one clue to help them guess the secret word chosen for American Enterprise Day.
Reaching College/University Campuses
- Put together a panel of expert speakers to address the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business.
- Sponsor a five (5) month forum on American enterprise, covering issues from manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and banking to international business.
- Sponsor a seminar on women or minorities in business.
Reaching the Community
- Have local businesses advertise American Enterprise Day on their signboards and distribute literature about American Enterprise Day along with doughnuts at local retailers.
- Sponsor a tour of local businesses.
- Buy a half-page ad in the local newspaper to promote American Enterprise Day; sell portions of the ad to local businesses.
- Stuff literature about American enterprise in grocery bags at a local supermarket.