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Practical Living/Career Studies

Biz Kid$

Managing money and making good financial decisions
Grade Levels:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
Unlimited until 2016
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Biz Kid$ teaches children how to make and manage money, while inspiring them to pursue their dreams. Students gain the knowledge and tools to succeed in a global economy. The series demonstrates the importance of planning, goal setting, risk taking, and thoughtful decision making within the context of financial decisions. It also encourages the skills necessary to become a successful entrepreneur through inspiring stories of real young people who have created successful businesses.

Program of Studies:
All Practical Living disciplines: Economics, Consumer Decisions, Financial Literacy, Career Awareness, Employability Skills

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. What Is a Biz Kid?
Real-life stories of how to identify a need, make a plan, and take action from a skateboard designer, a rap music producer, and a boy who started a rock-a-thon to raise money for hospital rocking chairs.
102. What Is Money?
A grand tour through the history of money, from the days of bartering to the first coins and currency to today's electronic transfers.
103. How Do You Get Money?
A teen goes job hunting, and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos talks about his first job. Also, a look at the different ways kids get and use allowances and a profile of a young person whose love of animals turned into a profitable dog-walking business.
104. What Can You Do with Money?
A visit to the New York Stock Exchange, advice on avoiding compulsive shopping from the author of Not Buying It, using a financial diary to track spending, and the story of a teen who opened a candy store at age 15 and helped revive an ailing business district in her small town.
105. Money Moves
Follows a single dollar bill as it moves from a depositor's hand across the counter, into the vault, over to the Federal Reserve, and finally out to a project the bank is financing.
106. Taking Charge of Your Financial Future
The Biz Kids figure out where they want to be financially and make plans for how to get there. One young man sets up his first savings account, and an innovative program rescues street kids and gets them back into education and business.
107. A Biz: What Is It?
Illustrates the definition of a successful business with three examples: a junior high school boy who makes healthy dog biscuits, high school twins with a cake decorating company, and a college student seeking investors for his corporation.
108. How To Succeed in Biz-ness by Really Trying!
Outlines three key steps to success—identifying a need, making a plan to fill that need, and taking action—and introduces a prep school boy whose new take on the old school tie caused a sensation.
109. Cash and Credit
Stories of two young entrepreneurs who started businesses using credit, one selling bath salts and one selling his design services, plus a cautionary tale from a young woman who had fun buying with credit until she found herself in bankruptcy.
110. How To Achieve Your Financial Goals
Tracking expenses, getting control of spending, and investing what's left over to reach your financial goals. Some high school entrepreneurs tell how they started a sports business.
111. Don't Blow Your Dough
How to avoid the growing problem of identity theft, an interview with Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, a look at the work of the Better Business Bureau, and some "lessons learned" from young people who blew their dough.
112. Introducing Entrepreneurs
The stories behind the Frisbee, the Slinky, and blue jeans, plus a profile of a young entrepreneur who started a lemonade stand to raise money for playground equipment and was so successful she was able to make over the entire park.
113. The Biz Kids Challenge
In the Project Lemonade Challenge, two teams start with identical lemonade stands and then formulate pricing and promotion strategies to see who can sell more product. Their efforts are critiqued by marketing guru Scott Bedbury.
114. How To Be a Smart Consumer
Smart shopping strategies, including advice on how to avoid common pitfalls and traps set by savvy marketers and high-pressure salesmen, plus profiles of some smart consumers and successful entrepreneurs.
115. Using Your Credit—Crazy or Compelling?
The true cost of purchasing with credit; an unsettling look at credit scores and the increasing number of people and places (employers, insurers, colleges, etc.) who are using these scores to make major decisions that could affect your future; and entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated credit pitfalls.
116. Budgeting Basics
Proven methods for gaining control of spending and expenses.
117. Understanding Business Ethics
What it means for management to lead by example and how employees must take responsibility for their own behavior.
118. Saving and Investing for Your Future
Introduces various savings and investing options that are available to young people.
119. A Closer Look at Financial Careers
The kids talk to several celebrities about how they got their starts.
120. The Global Economy
Follows the flow of imports and exports through the interconnected world economy and reveals who makes many of the things we use every day. Several entrepreneurs explain how they made their businesses successful.
121. Bulls, Bears, and Financial Markets
How young people can get involved in the financial markets while avoiding risk.
122. Sell, Sell, Sell (The Science of Sales)
Sales philosophies and techniques, traits common to all good salespeople, and some entrepreneurs who demonstrate superior sales skills.
123. Understanding Income and Expenses
Monitoring the ebb and flow of income and expenses; proven methods for getting expenses under control while growing income with new ideas, smarter work habits, and innovation; and entrepreneurs who have seen success with cash low.
124. Building and Growing a Business
Steps for organizing, staffing, training, and building a new business; how effective communication increases morale and makes the business grow.
125. Understanding Your Paycheck
The Biz Kids show how a modern American pay stub reflects various social movements of the last century. Interviews with entrepreneurs explore how they started their businesses.
126. Social Entrepreneurs
Social visionaries use the same tools as profit-oriented entrepreneurs. But instead of building companies and large profits, they create thriving organizations and powerful movements for social change.
201. Have a Plan, Stan!
Explore the different elements of a business plan and see why it's crucial to develop a plan before you start your business. Meet a teen who opened a snow-cone shack, another who makes and sells candles, and a group who markets self-defense kits.
202. Money Math—Who Needs It?
Whether you are calculating the tip on the restaurant bill, making change at a lemonade stand, or figuring out how to quickly grow your savings, it's all about the math in money. Visit with a handbag designer and meet students who are helping to save the environment.
203. Building Your Business Online
Investigate the advantages and potential pitfalls in Internet businesses. See the success of a young graphic designer, a nine-year-old who sells bath salts, and two teens who built a social networking site.
204. Financial Institutions—All the Same?
Learn about the services offered by different institutions, including investment houses, stock exchanges, payday loan companies, and more. Visit New York City to see how fashion and finance mix.
205. How Credit Affects Your Life
Learn about building good credit and how the credit laws affect your life.
206. The Art of Negotiation
Discover strategies for effective negotiations with your parents, teachers, friends, siblings, and bosses.
207. The World Is a Risky Place
Learn the things you can do to protect your business, your assets, and yourself.
208. Economic Cycles (What Goes Up Must Come Down)
Learn how trends can affect a business. Discover how you can protect yourself against negative effects and plan for the positive trends. Meet a young man who made paintball profitable and a family who mines for gold.
209. The Green Economy and You
Explore different ways to become part of the green economy and learn how there's green to be made in thinking green. Find out about "The Big Green Bus" and "Zoo Doo."
210. Secrets to Success
Learn about the many ways to pay for your education and the importance of learning every day of your life.
211. The Marketing Mix
Let the Biz Kids help you understand your target market and learn about the four P's of business success: product, price, promotion, and placement.
212. Hidden Careers
Learn about "behind-the-scenes" careers in sports, music, entertainment, art, and even aviation.
213. Learning from Failure
Let the Biz Kids show you how several well-known companies overcame failures. You'll discover how mistakes can make you stronger by looking at the work of Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and the kid businesses of "You're on Deck" custom cards and "Big Quill Enterprises" oyster sales.
301. Are You Financially Literate?
Understanding how to manage your money before you get to high school will make you even more successful when you head to college or move out on your own. Explore the skills of goal setting, budgeting, saving, and money management that make you financially literate.
302. Wheel of Misfortune
Find out how to avoid common money mistakes and learn the importance of following a financial plan. Explore both short- and long-term goals.
303. More Bang for Your Buck
What do you do when opportunity knocks? Learn how to recognize and act on new opportunities in your life and to be creative in problem-solving.
304. Where Is My Allowance?
Whether you're facing good times or tough times, it's important to know how to get the best value for your money. Discover tips for stretching your dollars.
305. Escape the Box
Discover how different families work out "allowances." Even basic financial planning starts now - learn how to manage your monthly income and expenses for vacations, education, and more.
306. Debt: Get Out and Stay Out
Learn how to get out of debt and, more importantly, how to avoid getting into debt in the first place. Explore the differences between good debt and bad debt.
401. A World Without Taxes
Explore how taxes impact your life and learn about the importance of federal, state, and local taxes.
402. Debt: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
It's easy to spend more than you make with credit cards. Learn to avoid the pitfalls of overspending by keeping a spending journal, sticking to a budget, and living a cash existence. Meet the owner of a carpet cleaning company and a radio DJ who have both learned how to manage debt.
403. Your First Big Purchase
You'll want to understand the important steps to take before your first big purchase, whether you're buying the latest computer, a new smart phone, or a car. You will learn about budgeting, researching, negotiating, and more. Find out how a teen photographer upgraded his camera and a 15-year-old aviator purchased an old airplane!
404. What's Up with the Stock Market?
Learn the language of the stock market and how these terms apply to your life. Meet an 11-year-old who created an application for the iPhone that helps teach other kids about the stock market.
405. Crash Course on Starting a Business
So you've got an idea - now what? Check out this quick, but comprehensive course on business basics. You'll learn how to refine your ideas, make a business plan, identify funding sources, find a market, and of course, sell your service or product. Find out how two teen girls developed a $2 million business out of magnetic bottle caps.
406. How to Make a Million Bucks!
It is possible! If you start early and save consistently, you'll take advantage of the power of compound interest. You can make a million by working hard, spending less than you make, and saving, saving, saving. Meet a 16-year-old with a fashion recycling business.
407. Scam-A-Rama (Protect Yourself from Being Scammed)
Learn how to recognize a scam and protect yourself from identify theft, pyramid schemes, and more.
408. The Value of Money
Learn why the value of the American dollar is important in your life.
501. What's Your Money Personality?
This episode looks at the range of emotional reactions and connections people have with money.
502. Business Structures
Examine the pros and cons of LLCs, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and more business structures.
503. Movin' On Out
A kid's guide to the true cost of being independent looks at how much it costs to live on your own.
504. You Are The Target!
This episode helps you recognize when you are being targeted by advertisers, how to resist manipulation, and when to apply good consumer skills to cut through the commercial fog.
505. The Economics of Economics
Learn about everything from micro to macro economics, supply and demand, and economic indicators.
506. Businesses That Give Back
Get to know some businesses that are giving back in big ways, including up-and-coming entertainer Cymphonique, who helps encourage positive self-esteem for girls.
507. What's in the Books?
This episode examines bookkeeping and accounting, income and expenses, profit and loss, and gives tips on how to get over math anxiety.
508. Take It to The Bank
Get a kid's view of the services that banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions offer - and why you should make use of them early in life.
509. It's A Job to Get A Job!
Learn tips and tricks for writing a great resume, dressing for success, and nailing a job interview.
510. Fundraising Can Be Fun
Learn how to organize volunteers for a fundraiser, choose the right venue, and get the word out.
511. What to Do with a Windfall
Explore investment alternatives and how to evaluate them based on time, risk, and rate of return.
512. Businesses Going Green
Explore the profitable side of going green. Learn how to distinguish between hype and what's hip.
513. All in the Family
Family-run businesses come in all shapes and sizes whether you're a mom-and-pop shop or the Ford Motor Corporation. Learn how families work, grow, and fight their way to profits.
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