What’s It Like to be an Entrepreneur?

by  Educate.Today

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Do you wonder what it’s like to own your own business?  Do you have questions about taking an idea and turning it into a business or the steps needed to start a business?  Do you want to learn what every entrepreneur should ask themselves before starting a business?   Entrepreneur Michelle Esswein is ready to answer your questions and offer advice.  An experienced entrepreneur and owner herself she is ready to share her experiences and insights to help you understand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.

In this program Michelle will answer the questions your students want to have answered.  The questions can address general career choices or a deeper look into entrepreneurship with specific questions.  Michelle is ready to answer any and all questions about entrepreneurship.  You determine what the direction should take by your advance questions.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $130.00
By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $130.00


40 to 45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Economics/Business, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Leadership

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

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In the event of severe weather or other emergency preventing a scheduled videoconference session from occurring, Educate.Today and partner will reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue.

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

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Program Details


Michelle Esswein is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winning Women. Winning Women has established public/private sector partnerships to promote an economic environment conducive to business growth and development for women in business.

Michelle was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Women’s Business Council. On this Council, she provided an independent source of advice to both the President of the United States and the U.S. Congress on economic issues of importance to women entrepreneurs. She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to (JCOC) Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 81.

Michelle produces and hosts a radio show called the Michelle Esswein Show on iHeart Media which focuses on workforce and economic development issues, entrepreneurs and community. Michelle also produced and hosted a one-hour weekly radio call-in program, Business Matters. Michelle appears on local St. Louis TV stations (FOX, CBS and NBC) to offer business advice for consumers.

Heart of the program:
Michelle will discuss and answer questions about what it is like to be an entrepreneur.

Michelle will give final comments and answer any follow up questions.


Students will:
1. Meet and interact with a successful entrepreneur in several different industries
2. Understand the education necessary for a career in entrepreneurship
3. Learn how to take an idea and start a business
4. Understand what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any fallacious reasoning or exaggerated or distorted evidence.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9-10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

State Standards

Please reference the National Standards provided above.