MBA Research
With a focus on high school and post-secondary educators and administrators
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.


Getting Started

Basic steps to implement a High School of Business™ program at your school.

  1. Get familiar with the program:
  2. Contact MBA Research. Discuss your questions and inform staff of your school’s interest. 614-486-6708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  3. Select a Primary Contact. He/she is the main point of contact between MBA Research and the school district, and is responsible for maintaining the accuracy of contact information as well as program implementation.
  4. Identify a Primary Administrator at your school. This person is responsible for budgeting for program training, travel, affiliation fees, and any classroom needs. This person is usually a Principal, Assistant Principal, CTE Director, or Superintendent; teachers may not be assigned this role.
  5. Request an application. Contact Lisa Berkey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  6. Review the application form. Involve your superintendent, principal, and other administrators to make sure all parties are fully aware of district and school responsibilities. After the authorized signatures have been obtained, mail the original signed document and $1,000 application fee to MBA Research. 
  7. Schedule an application conference call. MBA Research will email the Primary Contact to schedule a one-hour application conference call. The purpose of the call is to determine if faculty and staff at the school have plans in place that adhere to the program guidelines outlined on the application form. Call participants include (at minimum) district and site administrators, teachers, and a counselor.
  8. Receive status notification. All applicants will be contacted within ten days of completing the application conference call. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.High School of Business! HSB is an incredible network of teachers, students, administrators, local college partners, local business professionals, and all of our organization’s staff and supporters. Whether city or rural, public or private, large, medium, or small, we’ve seen HSB work in every setting. It's time to add your school’s unique perspective on the world – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and get started.

What Happens Next?

As your school considers joining High School of Business™, keep these next steps in mind.


The Steering Team composition of members 

Consider who you will invite to join your school’s High School of Business™ Steering Team. This is an active group that is responsible for the successful planning, start-up, maintenance, and improvement of the program. We recommend the following composition as a guideline.

Two, senior-level, local business professionals

School Site Administrator (e.g., Principal)

District Administrator (e.g., CTE Director)

College-level business faculty member


Faculty teaching High School of Business courses


8 Charges for Steering Teams

  • Advise of current education needs for business professionals in the workplace
  • Mold the program to fit the local community
  • Promote the program in the community
  • Promote the program in the school
  • Bring real business into the classroom
  • Find observational internship opportunities for students
  • Ensure that students graduate with more than a diploma
  • Support teachers

Important documents for use at meetings:
Implementation Plan
Program Planning Years 1 and 2
Explaining High School of Business (A Quick Fact Sheet for Steering Team Members)

Steering Team e-News
MBA Research sends a quarterly e-newsletter to all steering team members at participating schools. We focus on the 8 charges for HSB steering teams and share examples of how schools are meeting those charges.

Already have your steering team formed?

Use the link below to invite your community business professionals and post-secondary team members to sign up for the quarterly newsletter!

Sign up for the High School of Business Steering Team News

Access Prior Steering Team Newsletters
April 2021
Jan 2021

Nov 2020

May 2020

Jan 2020

Nov 2019
Feb 2019

"Students need to understand that they must be able to think their way through problems, because in a lot of cases there is no 'stock' or 'book' answer. This is a very important aspect to so many day-to-day issues.” – High School of Business Steering Team Member

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