American Enterprise Day

November 15 is recognized by FBLA-PBL each year as American Enterprise Day. This date salutes and publicizes the American free enterprise system and teaches others about it. Chapters celebrate American Enterprise Day through a wide range of activities, projects, and festivities.

Examples of successful projects include:

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.

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.

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.

The Community

  • Have local businesses advertise American Enterprise Day on their signboards and distribute literature about American EnterpriseDay 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.