BizCafe Simulation and Brewing a Business eBook

An End-to-End Solution for Teaching Introduction to Business

For your Business Essentials class this Fall 2024,
bundle the best intro to business simulation together with a brand new, integrated eBook, Brewing a Business!
BizCafe Simulation

Brewing a Business eBook

eBook Assignments

eBook Mini-Cases

Discussion of Ethical Issues

PowerPoint Slides for each chapter

Video interviews with business owners for each chapter

Chapter quizzes and a final exam

Instructor’s manual

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  • Introduction to the new BizCafe eBook and its teaching resources: Dr. Michael A. Levin will discuss how our new Brewing a Business eBook aligns with Intro to Business courses, provides comprehensive teaching resources, and integrates with the BizCafe simulation. He will share insights into how to effectively use these resources in your classroom.
  • Overview of the updated BizCafe interface, resources, and decision: Clayton Shumate, Interpretive’s President, will guide you through the latest improvements in the BizCafe simulation interface, such as the modern, customizable appearance and enhanced user experience. And will also go over the updated marketing decision and teaching resources.
  • Q&A session: We’ll also provide time for you to ask questions and get detailed answers from Dr. Levin and Clayton Shumate.

We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!

BizCafe Simulation Webinar

Wednesday, July 17 2-3 pm ET.

Why is this bundle right for your Intro to Business course?

Brewing a Business, an introduction to business eBook with BizCafe

The eBook will guide the student journey in understanding how and why people start their own business and the needed knowledge to keep the business operating. Chapters will be brief, focusing on key concepts, frameworks, examples, and linkages to BizCafe. Assignments, ethical discussions, mini-cases, PPT slides, and quizzes will be integrated into each chapter. The eBook will be structured such that instructors can utilize all or select chapters.
The eBook structure is designed to align with most academic formats: e.g., one chapter every week or two weeks for a 14-week semester, and one chapter per week for a 7-week MBA course. Also, the mini-case studies, assignments, and/or quizzes can be used as individual session content. Alternatively, this content can be used in an online setting for instructors who are teaching fully online or using a hybrid approach.
For faculty whose course design requires that a portion of the course be devoted to personal finance, an appendix is included covering supplemental topics like creating a household budget, saving and investing, and understanding credit scores. The instructor can devote in-class and/or out-of-class time to this material.
The bundle will be available for Fall 2024 semester!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Starting a Business

  • Summarize how to start a business
  • Restate the purpose of forming a business
  • Understand the role of profit and competition in business
  • Differentiate between the four elements of decision making
  • Explain how society and business interact
  • Describe the concept of triple bottom line

Chapter 2: Forming and Funding a Business

  • Distinguish between types of plans for a business
  • Identify the legal structures for a business
  • Describe the benefits and drawbacks of franchising and licensing
  • Explain advantages and disadvantages of each source of start-up funds
  • Understand the options for exiting a business

Chapter 3: Researching the Business and Measuring Success

  • Generalize types of competitors
  • Discuss the importance of collaborators
  • Describe three forms of motivation
  • Identify three sources of data
  • Classify costs and investments
  • Distinguish between revenue and profit
  • Propose measures for triple bottom line

Chapter 4: Marketing: Strategy, Tactics, and Branding

  • Understand the significance of marketing for every business
  • Name three elements of marketing strategy
  • Recall four elements of marketing tactics
  • Discuss how to select a target market
  • Interpret a perceptual map
  • Explain the importance of brand equity

Chapter 5: Money Matters: Accounting and Finance

  • Define revenue, costs, and profitability
  • Explain the three forms of accounting
  • Interpret the entries on the three financial statements
  • Use formulae to calculate financial ratios
  • Differentiate types of expenses and liabilities

Chapter 6: Management: Skills, Functions, and Responsibilities

  • Identify different levels of managers
  • List skills associated with effective managers
  • Describe the functions of management
  • Understand how motivation impacts the workplace
  • Explain the hiring, training, and retaining process

Chapter 7: Information Technology & Operations Management

  • Distinguish between hardware and software
  • Understand how information technology allows us to utilize data
  • Describe the role of business analytics
  • Discuss specific applications of information technology, like cookies and payment processing
  • Explain the types of decisions that necessitate operations management

The Brewing a Business eBook and BizCafe simulation bundle will be available for $79.95 per student starting this Fall 2024!

Brewing a Business's Author: Dr. Michael A. Levin

Dr. Michael Levin recently joined the faculty at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette as the Department Head and Associate Professor. Prior to that he was on the faculty at Otterbein University after completing his PhD in Marketing at Texas Tech University. He teaches a variety of courses including Marketing Analytics, Retail Management, and Sales for undergraduate students, as well as MBA Marketing for graduate students.

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Updated Interface

  • Redesigned Interface: Our simulation now features a modern, customizable interface with an easy onboarding experience and responsive layout that works seamlessly on a wide range of devices.
  • Updated Marketing Decision: BizCafe now includes advertising options aligned with current trends offering students practical, real-world marketing experience.

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