MBA Research
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Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.

Business Community

Aligning needs of students and the business community

Our mission is to help ensure that what’s taught in schools aligns with what’s needed for employment and promotion in business.  MBA Research is generally recognized as the premier institution for curriculum research and leadership that supports business administration curricula in high schools and many colleges.

The organization’s preeminent position is the direct result of the continuing support and participation of the nation’s business community.  We are indebted to the thousands of individual business leaders who have contributed their time and expertise over the last 40 years, who have helped ensure the relevance, rigor and reliability of MBA Research’s curricula.

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Schools teach business to help kids prepare for the real world.  High-quality business programs are good for the kids and they’re good for you, for the entire business community. These same young students of business bring with them a positive work ethic, an understanding of basic economics (e.g., why profit is a good thing), and critical skills that contribute to both their and your successes.

But what’s high quality?  We believe that the best business programs are those that teach what matters most to you and the businesses in the community.  High-quality programs provide opportunities for students to experience the ways that business works.  And, these best programs hold kids accountable for their learning – through certifications and assessments consistent with the needs and expectations of business.

In other words, high quality business programs in our schools are dependent on both teachers and students understanding the knowledge and skills that will matter most in the real world – in your world.  And that’s where local business leaders can make a real difference.

Here are several things you can do to help ensure high-quality business programs in your community and across the nation:

  • Advocate:  Make it clear to your school board and to your school administration that high-quality business programs are important to you and your community.
  • Volunteer:  Let your school’s business department chairperson know that you’re interested and willing to help – as a speaker, a mentor, a judge, or an advisor.
  • Sign up:  Join the national MBA Executive Advisory Network and contribute 15 minutes a month – online, at your convenience – helping MBAResearch understand what matters most in curriculum.
  • Bring your association:  Encourage your Chamber and professional associations to join the MBA Business Coalition for Education.  

With your help and encouragement, business administration programs -- high school and college -- across the nation can do amazing things to raise the level of the workforce in your community.  You’re already paying for your schools, why not leverage your tax dollar into high-impact business administration programs that will return direct benefits to you and your community?

Established in 2012, the MBA Research Business Coalition for Education is a not-for-profit coalition of professional and trade associations and foundations committed to supporting the teaching of critical business concepts and skills in the nation’s high schools. 

All professional associations, trade associations, and many foundations are invited to participate. 

Coalition Mission:  Encourage the teaching of core business skills and economic concepts for college- and career-ready high school curricula.

Chapter Benefits of Membership

  1. Active contribution to the success of high school students locally and nationwide
  2. Recognition as a (non-financial) Chapter Sponsor of student certifications and accredited school programs as offered by MBA Research.
  3. Opportunity for chapter publicity via local and association press, web, and social network (with PR support via MBA Research publicity initiatives)
  4. Member engagement via continuing online and local opportunities facilitated by MBA Research
  5. Chapter and individual member feedback and recognition by MBA Research
  6. Opportunities to participate/present at national conferences of business faculty

Activities of the Coalition

  1. Member participation in online surveys and discussion groups (15 minutes/month) to influence:
    • Business course curricula (national model)
    • Criteria for national student certification exams
    • Student recognition programs (local, state, and national)
  2. Encourage real-world learning opportunities for local students
  3. Recognize high-performing students (locally determined with MBA Research guidance)
  4. Advocate among community leaders as appropriate
  5. Recognize local high school business administration programs that have achieved national accreditation

Requirements of Coalition Membership

  1. Approval of the association board/leadership
  2. Acceptance by MBA Research
  3. Appointment of a key contact
  4. Participation in Coalition planning
  5. Member participation in MBA Executive Advisory Network
  6. Endorsement of National Business Administration Standards derived from Coalition and other business input

The MBA Research Coalition of Professional and Trade Associations is an initiative of the Marketing & Business Administration Research and Curriculum Center (dba MBA Research), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. MBA Research was established in 1971 and is operated by a consortium of state education departments. Its mission is to support educators in the preparation of students for careers in business.

For additional information re the Coalition, please email MBA Research at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.448.0398.

Kentucky Finance Executives Define Their Top Business Trends

Eighteen finance executives from across the state of Kentucky met last week at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort to provide feedback on state and national learning standards. Participants were asked to identify and discuss trends in Kentucky that are affecting and changing the way that businesses are operating. Some of the top trends identified by panelists were:

  • Greater automation of customer transactions
  • Continued globalization of the economy
  • Greater diversity in the workplace
  • Increased regulatory environment
  • Increased use of and rapid changes in technology

Joining the Kentucky Department of Education and MBA Research and Curriculum Center were executives from the accounting, banking services, corporate finance, insurance, and securities and investment industries. Companies represented were Kentucky Society for CPAs; Fowler Durham & Co; Baldwin CPAs; BB&T; Class Act Federal Credit Union; Kentucky Employees Credit Union; The Bankers' Bank of Kentucky; the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis-Louisville Branch; the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services; Advanced Financial Solutions Group; Areva Pharmaceuticals; Humana; Bluegrass International Fund; Meridian Wealth Management; PNC; and Ross, Sinclaire and Associates.

For more information on futuring or validation panels in your state, contact Holly Atha, Director of Business Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ohio Business Coalition Names Chair

Business, industry, and education leaders gathered for the spring Ohio Business Coalition for Education meeting on May 16 at the Courtyard by Marriott Columbus/OSU. The Coalition is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, professional/trade associations in Ohio, and MBA Research and Curriculum Center.

Kayla Mickens, Career Connections consultant with the Ohio Department of Education, presented information about the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal. The career readiness seal is a formal designation that students can earn on their high school diplomas and transcripts to signify mastery of skills that will help them be successful in the workforce, such as critical-thinking/problem- solving abilities, punctuality, strong work ethic, etc. The Coalition discussed ways to support this effort.

Melinda Huntly, executive director of the Ohio Travel Association, was named chair of the group, and will provide leadership from July, 2018-June, 2019. In accepting the position, Ms. Huntley stated, "Business careers support Ohioans and their families. Jobs in management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and others keep our companies and small businesses running, and they enable them to grow and hire more Ohioans. We are thrilled to be a part of this effort as we work together to help students discover exciting career paths that will support them for a lifetime."     

Melinda started her professional travel career in public relations at Cedar Point, then led the visitors bureau in Ottawa County before tackling sustainable tourism opportunities as tourism director for Ohio State University's Ohio Sea Grant College Program. While at OSU, she facilitated and led several regional tourism projects, including projects with both the National Park Service and the America's Byways Resource Center. 

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Insurance Industry Resource Council, the Ohio Society of Association Executives, NFIB-Ohio, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, the Ohio Insurance Institute, the Ohio Travel Association, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Signature Worldwide, and the Ohio Department of Education.

Coalition members are working to identify opportunities that would allow them to collectively use their voice to further their mission of promoting career pathways in business, marketing, finance, and hospitality and tourism. The next meeting is planned for fall of 2018.

Nebraska Spring 2018 Coalition Meeting Held in Omaha

Association leaders in Nebraska gathered at Omaha South High School on May 9 to further their agenda in support of business, marketing, and information and technology education in Nebraska. The group toured the high school and learned about work-based learning, and business and technology programs located there. A student at the school spoke with the group about the positive impact of her learning experiences.

During the meeting, Sydney Kobza and Jacqui Garrison provided updates on the Business Management and Marketing Standards update process and opportunities for association members to become involved in judging CTSO events.

MBA Research provided updates about the group LinkedIn page and the Executive Advisory Network which is currently undergoing changes designed to increase business and industry feedback on national standards. The changes will also include a mechanism to track individual interests around business engagement with education such as providing work-based learning opportunities, mentoring students, or presenting information about business topics in the classroom.

The Nebraska Coalition is interested in looking at learning credentials and providing work-based learning opportunities for business, marketing, and information and technology students. The next meeting is tentatively planned for September 25th or 26th.

For more information on starting a coalition affiliate in your state, contact Holly Atha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oregon Holds Initial Coalition Meeting

As a part of Conclave 2017 this past October in Vancouver, Washington, MBA Research and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) gathered a group of 10 leaders of associations, chambers of commerce, and foundations in Oregon to begin the process of establishing a state affiliate of MBA's National Business Coalition for Education.

Ron Dodge, Education Specialist in Business and Management with ODE, gave the group an overview of Business, Marketing, and Finance programs administered by ODE in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) arena. Attendees discussed current business/education partnership initiatives within Oregon and examined ways to strengthen those relationships (and how to overcome potential barriers in doing so). The group placed a high priority on the main concept of the Coalition, which is to help strengthen and promote Business Administration Programs in CTE.

Attending this exploratory meeting were Kyle Ritchey-Noll - Oregon Business Council; Lori Kaliher - Oregon Bankers Association; Alison Hart - Oregon State Chamber of Commerce; Wendy Popkin - Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association; Timothy Rasch and Stephanie Gillett - Portland Human Resource Management Association; Phyllis Barker - Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants; John Chang - Young Entrepreneurs Business Week; Elaine Charpentier Philippi and Darrin Marks - Business Education Compact.

Dates are currently being considered for a next meeting to formalize this Oregon affiliate. 

Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association Joins Coalition to Support Business Education

We welcome the Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association as a new member of the Ohio affiliate of the National Business Coalition for Education. The Coalition consists of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce. It is a partnership between Coalition members, the Ohio Department of Education, and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The goal is to provide a skilled workforce for Ohio businesses with a focus on management, marketing, and finance. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE). 

AMA Columbus is the region's largest marketing association, offering professional development experiences, networking opportunities, marketing resources, best practices, and community involvement to engage marketers from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The chapter provides marketers with the connections and information they need to advance their careers. Chartered in 1950, the chapter boasts more than 200 members, from Fortune 500 executives to small-business owners and students. 

Coalitions consist of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce working in partnership with their respective state education departments and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE). Participating associations formally endorse MBA Research's industry-validated National Business Administration Standards. Students, educators, and business leaders are all sure to benefit from shared knowledge and expertise.

Ohio Affiliate Meeting Held on September 19

Business, industry, and education leaders gathered earlier this month for an organizational meeting of the Ohio Affiliate to the MBA National Business Coalition for Education. The meeting was hosted by the Ohio Travel Association. The Coalition is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, professional/trade associations in Ohio, and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. Emily Passias, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), spoke to the group about access to CTE across the state of Ohio and the importance of Employer-Education Partnerships. Dee Sturgill, also with the Office of Career and Technical Education at ODE, shared information with the group about enrollment in CTE programs across Ohio, as well as the importance of credentialing in the Business, Marketing, and Finance career pathways.

Representing their groups at the meeting were: Gordon Gough and Alex Boehnke, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants; Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association; Jarrod Claybaugh, Ohio Society for Association Executives; Amanda Sklavenitis, Ohio Insurance Institute; Jaya You, Insurance Industry Resource Council; Melissa Sharp, International Association of Administrative Professionals; Toni Tayloe-Haddix, Ohio Grocers Association; Evan Kleymeyer, Ohio Bankers League; Debra Pack and Mick Pennington, American Marketing Association-Columbus Chapter; Tobias Roeddinger, American Advertising Federation, District 5; Grace Gerlach, NFIB-Ohio; Brandon Ogden, Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Coalitions consist of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce working in partnership with their respective state education departments and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE). Participating associations formally endorse MBA Research's industry-validated National Business Administration Standards. Students, educators, and business leaders are all sure to benefit from shared knowledge and expertise.

New Members from Ohio, Kentucky, and Nebraska Join the MBA Research National Business Coalition for Education

Associations and chambers formally join the MBA Research National Business Coalition by signing a partnership agreement. This agreement supports the Coalition mission and vision which includes an official endorsement of the MBA Research National Business Administration Standards.  

MBA Research would like to formally welcome the following organizations:

The Ohio Travel Association (Ohio Affiliate)
The Kentucky Retail Federation (Kentucky Affiliate)
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Eastern Great Lakes Branch (Kentucky Affiliate)
Durham Fowler and Co (Kentucky Affiliate)

In addition to endorsing the MBA National Business Administration standards, these groups will work to involve their membership in ExecNet, support state department of education initiatives, and raise awareness about the importance of career fields in Business Management, Finance, Marketing, and Hospitality and Tourism.

Feedback from ExecNet business leaders across the country is posted here.

Contribute to the future!

MBA Research is funded through a variety of sources, including membership fees from state education departments, sales to schools and various education and training programs, and through project grants for specific research initiatives.

Corporate and private contributions help the organization provide continuing support of local business and marketing curricula – including the support of research used by student organizations such as BPA, DECA, and FBLA.

Contributions to MBA Research are generally tax deductible. (MBA Research is a 501(c)(3) entity, organized as an educational foundation. IRS documentation is available to individuals and organizations considering a contribution.) Contributors should contact their tax advisors for all matters regarding specific deductions.

We would be very grateful for any contribution you find appropriate. Checks should be made payable to: MBA Research and sent to PO Box 12279, Columbus, OH 43212. For tax-deductable contributions by credit card, please call customer service at 800.448.0398, x0.

MBA Research welcomes all opportunities to open dialogue with individuals and organizations interested in supporting our mission to help students better prepare for a future in the world’s private enterprise business community. Please contact Brenda Clark, President/CEO, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The MBA Executive Advisory Network (ExecNet), sponsored by MBA Research, provides a forum for businesspeople to share their knowledge about what it takes for employees to succeed in the business world. This shared knowledge will be given to educators nationwide so that it can become the basis for what is taught in high school and college classrooms. In this way, ExecNet members can help teachers ensure that students develop the know-how for business success.

As part of our ongoing effort to listen to the business community, we convene small focus groups throughout the nation.  Invitations to participate are extended to members of the MBA Executive Advisory Network (ExecNet), our online advisors.  Interested?  It only takes a minute to register.