Entrepreneurs are critical to the nations economic health. According to the Small Business Association, 99.7 percent of all employer firms are small businesses, and these companies employ nearly 50 percent of all private sector employees. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and USA TODAY have collaborated on lessons that encourage teens to pursue entrepreneurship. Each lesson is based on a USA TODAY article and includes discussion questions and activities.

Lesson Archive:

Project-Based Learning Activity

Whos An Entrepreneur? Diversity in the Workplace
Being a teen is hard work for this entrepreneur
Hes donating $100 million to a university
Private sector enticing public into final frontier
The new entrepreneurs: Americans over 50
More moms, fewer pops

Raising a New Generation of Entrepreneurs
More college students get start-up schooling
Absolutely, positively a force in China
Entrepreneurs are born, but can they be taught?

Achieving Success
Can Mansueto turn publishing bust into a boom?
The guy behind Kinkos
JetBlue soars on CEOs creativity
Nextels Morgan OBrien kept the faith

Business Strategies and Philosophies
Efficiency can solve a host of problems
Female bosses less likely to cut health benefits
Entrepreneurs should keep business simple
Raising the bar on how business gets done
Saucony CEO puts his foot down on loyalty

New Business Ideas from Entrepreneurs
Flickr of idea on a gaming project led to photo website
TV on cellphones? Funny but profitable
Dot-com gives small investors a leg up

To Profit or Not
Private sector enticing public into final frontier
Google foundation may invest in for-profit firms
Brain drain signals trouble at technology companies
Absolutely, positively a force in China