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

Professional Development


New to the profession?
Trying to meet new challenges?
Looking for new ways to solve old problems?
Working to be more effective with today’s kids?



We’re proud to offer a growing menu of solutions for better positioning the teaching of Business Administration in today’s changing environment.  Although we offer many different kinds of professional development, all of our PD has one thing in common:  We focus on improving learning outcomes for all students of business.  And, we work to find ways to make a teacher’s life just a bit easier – or at least to help teachers focus on what matters most: Student performance.


Business Administration! 
Our research focuses on a wide range of possible careers and college majors, including entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality/tourism, management/administration, and marketing.   We study them all and then we translate what we learn from business into standards and curriculum for you.  All teachers of any specialty within the Business Administration framework will benefit from our PD opportunities.


New to the profession?
Visit our growing MBAeducator site where you’ll find comprehensive learning modules that you can use on your own or as part of your college teacher-preparation program.


Teacher-Leader Forum

The Teacher-Leader Forum is a new MBA Research initiative to encourage development of a common vision for business and marketing education.  Across the nation, business and marketing education continues to face significant challenges to position programs in schools that heavily focused on STEM and academic rigor.  Our hope is that by working together, our various professional associations can work together to strengthen demand for the teaching of core business subjects.

Beginning this spring, we’ll begin a continuing dialogue with elected leaders interested in exploring the future of business and marketing education, both secondary and postsecondary, and who are looking for ways to create a strong, engaging association to help the profession move forward. Read more.

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Click here for the High School of Business™ Training/Webinar Calendar

The MBA Conclave is designed for anyone who teaches or administers the teaching of business administration (entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing) build better, bigger, stronger programs at the local level.  Every session is designed for take-home value.  Click here for more on Conclave.

Previously recorded webinars on our YouTube channel:

LAP Modules:

MBA Accreditation:

MBA Learning Center:

Project Management:

State's Connection:



For High School of Business webinars, click here.


More workshops coming soon!

Workshop Downloads

Below are links to PowerPoint slides and handouts used in the designated conferences, workshops, webinars, and other professional development opportunities.  These materials are copyrighted.  We are happy to make them available to you as a value-added for the PD event you attended.  However, you may not use these materials except for your own learning, without prior permission.  You may not use them as part of your own presentations unless you obtain written permission in advance.

Conclave downloads are available on the Conclave Speaker Materials page.

2017 ACTE VISION Conference

Listen: What Business Says Matters Download
In Demand... Opportunities for Students of Business Download

2016 New Advisor Workshop, International DECA Conference


2013 DECA Western Region Leadership Conference

Using DECA to Support Standards-based Instruction PowerPoint Download
Using MBA Research PowerPoint Download

2013 NCLA/ACTE "Accreditation"

Best Practice handout Download
Best Practice PowerPoint Download

GA Administrators 2012

Analysis of Student Performance - ASK Institute Certification PowerPoint Download

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Don’t miss the PD section on this website!

*PLEASE make your selection carefully. If you enroll with more than one, you’ll find a great deal of redundancy. In most weeks, 50% or more of the content is included in most editions. Selection guidelines:

  • HS Business Teacher is best for those who teach a variety of different business courses and whose students are members of either Business Professionals of America or of FBLA.  We do not recommend the marketing edition, even if you teach a marketing course, unless your students are active in the DECA student organization.
  • HS Marketing Teacher is best for those who teach various marketing and entrepreneurship courses and whose students are members of DECA. Content in the marketing edition and the business edition is roughly 80% the same.
  • Postsecondary Business Faculty is intended for those who teach core business and marketing courses at a community or technical college.
  • School Administrator is best for local CTE Directors, Principals, curriculum specialists, and department chairs in those schools where the business department encompasses multiple programs and courses. Content is roughly 80% duplicated with the business and marketing teacher editions.
  • Teacher Educator edition is intended for college faculty who prepare future teachers. This edition is more specialized than the others and is issued ad hoc. Teacher educators may wish to also subscribe to the appropriate high school or postsecondary teacher editions.

Click here for our Papers & Reports section.                                                                                                                                                                                    

The Association for Career and Technical Education hosts and participates in a wide variety of conferences, workshops and events each year. MBA Research is proud to participate in and support ACTE's activities.

Information on future ACTE workshops and conferences can be found here.

MBA Research offers a variety of workshops, webinars, conference presentations, and other professional development activities.  Along with our full-time R&D staff, our adjunct PDTeam brings recent, real-world experience.  Each is highly qualified in terms of experience with MBA Research research, products, and services, and has demonstrated high levels of achievement with their own local programs.  All have taught and mentored a wide range of business and marketing students and all have been active in both their student organizations (BPA, DECA, and FBLA) and their professional associations, including ACTE and NBEA.  

For additional information on workshop and other professional development opportunities offered by MBA Research, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet our PDTeam:


From Michigan…

Dr. Brenda Clark is the Director of Professional Development for MBA Research. After 34 years of teaching at the secondary, community college and university levels, she retired from education to start a new opportunity working with teachers, districts and state departments from around the country to provide professional development to business administration teachers. She is responsible for the PDTeam, Teacher Advisory Network, Conclave, Leadership Forum and the ongoing development of professional development. She has been an active leader at both the state and national levels in both professional and student organizations and has received numerous awards at the state and national levels. She has been recognized as an outstanding presenter.





From Indiana…

Judy Commers taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sports Marketing and was a DECA Advisor in Indiana for 40 years, teaching at comprehensive high schools and a career center. She continues her career as an adjunct business instructor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. During her career, Judy has been a strong supporter of MBA Research materials, and she believes attending Conclave is the best investment a teacher can make in his/her professional life. Judy authored Goodheart-Willcox’s Marketing Dynamics teacher edition textbook (and supplemental materials that accompany the text), and she co-authored the Entrepreneurship textbook. Judy’s position begins in July 2017.




From North Carolina…

Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central High School (NC).  She has received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, her Master of Arts in Business Education (MaED) and holds her certification in School Administration.  Her professional experiences include working as adjunct faculty at Pitt Community College, working as a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, serving as Department Chairperson for the CTE Department, secretary of the School Improvement Team, mentoring beginning teachers, and working as a CTSO adviser for FBLA.




From West Virginia…

Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor. 



From Michigan…

Kim Guest is currently a local CTE Director, marketing and accounting teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology.  She operates a Gold Certified SBE.  Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board for seven years.  Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave. 




From New Mexico…

Lacee Manus is a Marketing Education teacher at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. Lacee has served on the NM ACTE Board for the past 4 years as well as the NM DECA Board for the past 8 years.  After being elected as the NM DECA Teacher of the Year in 2013, Lacee also assisted in developing the Marketing Curriculum for NM Marketing teachers (with the help of MBA Research of course). 


From Michigan…

Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Jennifer received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.


From Kentucky…

Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as an instructor at Eastern High School (KY) and a part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 



From Michigan…

Elizabeth Mosher has worked in education since 2001. She has taught Career Focused Education for Farmington Public Schools (MI) and has experience in both cross walking curriculums with other disciplines and the common core. During this time Liz was a member of Michigan Marketing Educators and served the role as President and as well as chairing the Fall and Spring Conferences. She also served as both DECA District 6 Representative and DECA Planning and Budget Representative. Elizabeth served as the Assistant Principal for Lakeland HS and in the Huron Valley School District. Major accomplishments there were rebuilding the culture, using staff resources efficiently and effectively, leading the school for AdvancED accreditation and continued growth and improvement in the school and instructional practices. She currently holds the title of Director of Secondary Education for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. In this role, she oversees and supports administrators and the CTE and STEM Coordinator, creates and plans professional learning, works in building leadership capacity, developing building culture, and implementing continuous school improvement. 



From Ohio…

Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has also been a member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network since July 2014. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 


From Tennessee…

Dr. Ann Stewart spent 25 years in the business world before turning her attention to education. As a marketing and entrepreneurship teacher, Ann facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students. Ann has also been a DECA advisor for twelve years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. Ann received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School

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Business and Marketing Education
Teacher-Leader Forum

Teacher leadership in business and marketing education has never been more important: 

  • Education priorities, especially in high schools, are changing
  • CTE is better positioned than ever, BUT the focus is different
  • STEM is grabbing headlines and the attention of our administrators
  • Business/Marketing can be positioned as a top priority for states/schools


Your teacher associations and CTSO boards can make a significant difference in how business and marketing programs are perceived in your state and, ultimately, in your school. 

Elevate the association
Elevate the profession

The Teacher-Leader Forum is a new MBA Research initiative to encourage development of a common vision for business and marketing education.  Across the nation, business and marketing education continues to face significant challenges to position programs in schools that are heavily focused on STEM and academic rigor. 

Working together, our various professional associations can strengthen demand for the teaching of core business subjects.  We can position all business administration programs to address the challenges of STEM and ensure that key decision-makers recognize the opportunities and critical need for students who understand business strategy and operations. 

Responsibilities of leadership
Whether you campaigned for office, or were simply absent during the election, you were chosen by your peers to help guide the future of business/marketing programs in your state.  IF you take those responsibilities seriously, IF you want to help ensure the future of programs in your state, IF you’re willing to take a stand, you’re invited to join the dialogue.

Opportunities to grow
Join us as we work to build a professional development experience that will contribute to your own leadership skills, to strengthening our professional associations, to the growth and stability of our profession.  Join your colleagues from across the nation as we work to build a common message, to engage our business community, to involve our teachers and students, and to address the challenges of today’s education environment.

The teacher-leader forum is a series of substantive learning opportunities and a continuing dialogue among elected leaders in business and marketing education. It includes:

  • Scheduled webinars and conference calls calls with national leaders
  • Special pre-conference leadership skills workshop (free to Forum participants with general registration) at the MBA Conclave
  • Special (teacher-leader only) sessions throughout the MBA Conclave
  • Access to tools and resources under development to help advocate for business and marketing education
  • CEU (continuing education credit) documentation of participation/attendance
  • Graduate credit (optional), details pending
  • Deep discount for (optional) national accreditation of your program


Forum participation is limited to elected officers of a recognized organization whose term of office extends through the 2016-17 school year.  Associations of interest:

  • ACTE: Business or Marketing Division
  • State Business Education Associations
  • State Marketing Education Associations
  • Student organization advisor(er) boards
  • Other professional organizations with a clear interest in strong business/marketing programs


Cost and Requirements?
There is no fee for participating, although MBA Conclave (basic) registration is very strongly encouraged.  Participation (50% minimum) is required to be eligible for recognition as a Forum member, for certificate of completion, and for CEU documentation.

Email your contact information and the following details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your registration will be acknowledged within 3 days. Include with your email:

  • Subject line: Teacher-Leader Forum
  • Complete name and contact information
  • Association in which you hold office for 2016-17
  • Specific office you will hold in 2016-17
  • AND when your term of office expires