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Business & Entrepreneurship

Master Teacher: Robert Smith
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
Suggested Credit Value: 1 credit
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: Business & Entrepreneurship explores business basics, leadership skills, and organizational functionality. Students learn how Christ-centered objectives can result in a successfully run business. The fall semester covers basic business operations, such as accounting, human resources, and business law, while the spring semester explores marketing, management, and leadership. Students will hear from past and current entrepreneurs about their triumphs and challenges, and will also connect with a local small business for hands-on learning.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Tuesdays, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern*

Mr. Robert Smith

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

*This class is 60 minutes long.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Students will learn

    • How to create a comprehensive business plan with a vision and mission statement 
    • How to identify current and potential legal challenges for businesses 
    • How to understand the benefits of strong and effective leadership in a business setting 
    • How to understand biblical teachings on money and business 
    • How to cultivate excellent communication, collaboration, and presentation skills 
    • How to understand accounting and financial concepts as they relate to business operations 
    • How basic economic principles play out in the context of specific businesses and industries 
  • How much homework is in Business & Entrepreneurship?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5–7 hours per week. During a typical 2-week module in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60–90 minutes of weekly live class instruction
    • 20–60 minutes of a video lecture
    • 30–60 minutes of business podcasts or presentations
    • 30–60 pages of assigned reading
    • A variety of projects, such as one to two page writing assignments, spreadsheet projects, slideshow presentations, or other assignments 
    • Discussion forum participation 

    Students complete a midterm exam or project, a final exam or project, and various homework assignments. 

  • What books will I use in Business & Entrepreneurship?

    The official booklist for Business & Entrepreneurship is available now. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    No prior knowledge of business & entrepreneurship is required. Students should be able to read and write at a 10th grade level. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Business & Entrepreneurship?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Business & Entrepreneurship class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.