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Changes to the Upcoming 2nd Round of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge - Jeff Rutherford

The second round of the 2017/2018 DECA Virtual Business Challenge starts on Tuesday, January 9 at 10 a.m. EST.

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DECA Virtual Business Challenge 2017-2018 - 1st Round Finalists Announced - Adrienne Burda, DECA Inc. Staff

This article was originally published on DECA Direct. If you’re a DECA member or advisor, check out DECA Direct.

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FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge Hints - 2017-2018 - Jeff Rutherford

FCCLA VBC Hints

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FBLA-PBL Virtual Business Challenge Hints - 2017-2018 - Jeff Rutherford

Here are hints for the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) Virtual Business Challenge.

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DECA Virtual Business Challenge - Fashion Hints - Jeff Rutherford

DECA Virtual Business Fashion Hints

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Virtual Business Challenge Hints - 2017-2018 - Jeff Rutherford

Here are Virtul Business Challenge (VBC) hints for the 2017/18 Virtual Business Challenge. (We’ll be adding VBC Fashion hints on Thursday, October 26)

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High School Students - How to Write the Perfect LinkedIn Profile Summary - Danny Rubin

This is a guest post for the Knowledge Matters blog written by Danny Rubin, an award-winning author and speaker on business communication skills. If you’d like to write a guest post on a topic of interest to high school students studying business, marketing or personal finance, email us.

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DECA Virtual Business Challenge - Registration Has Begun - Jeff Rutherford

Registration for this year’s DECA Virtual Business Challenge has begun!

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Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - October 11, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast - Episode 5 - Jeff Rutherford

Welcome to the fifth episode of The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast hosted by Knowledge Matters. This fifth episode of the podcast features an interview with Dan Winkeler, a teacher at Seckman High School in Imperial, Missouri. See below for a transcript of the interview.

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DECA Disaster Relief Fund Raising Money To Help DECA Chapters Impacted by the Recent Hurricanes - Jeff Rutherford

In times of disaster, we rally around those impacted by the disasters and help them however we can. Read More


Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - October 2, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Videos - Everything A Teacher Needs To Know To Get Virtual Business Up and Running For Their Classroom - Jeff Rutherford

Since we launched our first simulation in 1997, we strive to make our Virtual Business simulations easy-to-use in any high school classroom. However, there are definitely options and flexibility in how teachers implement Virtual Business.

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Are You a DECA Advisor? Have You Considered the DECA Virtual Business Challenge For Your Chapter? - Jeff Rutherford

DECA competitive events are an integral part of the DECA experience for DECA students and advisors. DECA’s competitive events directly contribute to every student being college and career ready when they graduate from high school.

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Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - September 25, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Ch-Ch-Changes to the 16th Annual DECA Virtual Business Challenge - Jeff Rutherford

Every school year, thousands of DECA members and chapters across the U.S. and Canada compete in the DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC). After two online rounds, the VBC’s top online finalists will compete head to head in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2018 at DECA ICDC.

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Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - September 11, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - September 5, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - August 29, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Business News of the Week For High School Business and Marketing Students - August 21, 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Video - How To Assign A Grade in Virtual Business - Jeff Rutherford

Here’s a short video for teachers on how to assign a grade in Virtual Business.

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Updates to the Virtual Business LMS - August 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

As August begins and teachers and students are headed back to the classroom, we wanted to let teachers know about several changes we’ve made to the Virtual Business LMS.

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Business News of the Week - August 7, 2017 - For High School Business and Marketing Students - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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Business News of the Week - July 31, 2017 - For High School Business and Marketing Students - Jeff Rutherford

Successful business leaders and CEOs read voraciously to stay up-to-date with their industries and business trends.

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The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast - Episode 4 - Jeff Rutherford

Welcome to the fourth episode of The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast hosted by Knowledge Matters. This fourth episode of the podcast features an interview with Gerri Kimble, high school business, marketing, and personal finance teacher at Hoover High School in Hoover, Alabama. See below for a transcript of the interview.

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The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast - Episode 3 - Jeff Rutherford

Welcome to the third episode of The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast hosted by Knowledge Matters. This third episode of the podcast features an interview with Edward Flannery, economics and financial literacy teacher at Vernon Township High School in Vernon Township, New Jersey. See below for a transcript of the interview.

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The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast - Episode 2 - Jeff Rutherford

Welcome to the second episode of The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast hosted by Knowledge Matters. This second episode of the podcast features an interview with Jacqueline Prester, a business and technology teacher Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Massachusetts. See below for a transcript of the interview.

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Costco Business Brief - Resource Handout for High School Business, Marketing Teachers - Jeff Rutherford

High school teachers often integrate other lesson plans and curriculum resources in their classroom along with Virtual Business simulations (Fashion, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Hotel, Restaurant, Retail, Management, Accounting & Personal Finance).

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Avanthika Ramesh is the 2016-2017 Virtual Business Scholarship winner from Knowledge Matters - Jeff Rutherford

Avanthika Ramesh, a high school senior at Milton High School in Milton, Georgia and the 2016-2017 Virtual Business Scholarship winner from Knowledge Matters, is already running her own business while still in high school.

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Virtual Business Challenge Changes for 2017-2018 - Jeff Rutherford

Article originally published in DECA Direct.

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The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast - Episode 1 - Jeff Rutherford

Welcome to the first episode of The High School Business & Personal Finance Teachers Podcast hosted by Knowledge Matters. This first episode of the podcast features an interview with Marci Hargrove, a business teacher at Central High School-Keller ISD in Keller, Texas. See below for a transcript of the interview.

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More Than 41,000 US and Canadian High School Students Compete in Largest Virtual Business Simulation Challenge - Jeff Rutherford

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Last week, in the loud, cacophonous Anaheim Convention Center, at the DECA ICDC (International Career Development Conference) high school students from the U.S. and Canada hunched over their laptops furiously competing in a virtual business simulation competition. It was the culmination of a competition that began earlier in the school year in October. The 96 teams competing in Anaheim had survived two rounds of intense online competition and were the top 96 teams from the 41,357 high school students that competed online.

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Books High School Business Teachers Will Be Reading in 2017 - Jeff Rutherford

Most teachers read to stay fresh with new curriculum ideas for their classrooms.

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Oklahoma FCCLA Students Eagerly Competed in FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge For Chance to Qualify For Nationals - Jeff Rutherford

When Heather Gottsch, FCCLA Advisor and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Cherokee High School in Oklahoma, read about the FCCLA Virtual Business Challenge in one of the email newsletters that the FCCLA National Office sends, she was interested.

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DECA Virtual Business Challenge - 2nd Round - Categories/Variables Announced - Jeff Rutherford

A new year is here, and high school DECA members across the U.S. and Canada are gearing up for the second round of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge that begins on January 9th at 10 a.m. EST.

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Business Movies and Documentaries - The Ultimate List - Jeff Rutherford

A high school business teacher recently asked other teachers for recommendations on business movies or documentaries that she could show her students as a treat at the end of the semester. That got us to thinking about our favorite business movies and documentaries, and we decided to create this ultimate list business movies and documentaries.

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“Business Simulations Are About Putting Into Practice What We Teach,” Says Texas High School Business Teacher - Jeff Rutherford

Marci Hargrove, a teacher for 28 years, teaches business classes to sophomores, juniors and seniors at the Central High School-Keller ISD in Keller, Texas. Hargrove’s classes include: Accounting 1 and 2, Business Information Management and Business Management.

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9 Business biographies for high school business teachers - Jeff Rutherford

High school business teachers can teach their students the principles of business - accounting, entrepreneurship, management - as well as the specifics of different industries - sports/entertainment, restaurant, hotel, retail, manufacturing, fashion, etc. If a student in a high school business class catches the spark of business and entrepreneurship and wants to learn more, what can high school business teachers do to nourish and feed that passion and interest for business?

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Pennsylvania High School Teacher Augments His High School Business Classes With Knowledge Matters’ Online Business Simulations - Jeff Rutherford

After a 25-year career as an accountant with several manufacturing companies, Edward Herbert became a teacher. Herbert has been teaching high school business for the past 12 years at Manheim Central High School in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Herbert teaches juniors and seniors, and his classes include: Accounting I, Accounting II, Sports Marketing, Stock Market Investing and Entrepreneurship.

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Veteran Connecticut High School Teacher Integrates Knowledge Matters’ Business Simulations Into His High School Business Classes - Jeff Rutherford

Tim Landry, a teacher at RHAM High School, in Hebron, CT, has been teaching high school business classes for 17 years. Landry has also taught as an adjunct at Eastern Connecticut State University for the past nine years. Landry mostly teaches high school juniors and seniors with a few sophomores each year.

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"Take the challenge!" Connecticut High School Senior Says About DECA Virtual Business Challenge - Jeff Rutherford

Nathaniel Larson, a senior at RHAM High School in Hebron, CT and a DECA member, almost missed out on the fun and competition of last year’s DECA Virtual Business Challenge. In fact, he missed the first round of the competition completely.

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What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Musical.ly - The Most Popular App Teenagers Are Using - Jeff Rutherford

While teachers were hard at work over the summer either relaxing or planning for the next school year, teenagers across the U.S. - and the world - were hard at work creating their own 15-second music videos with musical.ly - one of the most popular smartphone apps for teens and pre-teens.

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