Business Essentials Simulation
BizCafe is a business essentials simulation that provides a great way to learn about running a business. It is designed to help you learn about the challenges and rewards of making good decisions in a small, service-based business. You will learn about management, operations, marketing, and accounting by running your own coffee shop for up to 16 simulated weeks.
Using BizCafe was a practical, experiential learning opportunity for my students! Through using the simulation students learned how to manage staffing issues, read financial statements, recognize the effects of competition on revenue, understand the importance of customer service, appreciate the impact of marketing and promotion; and, through applying the simulation concepts in the real-world they opened a pop-up shop for a day and were able to put their business skills to the test and deepen their understanding of these learning outcomes.
I have found the Interpretive Simulation experience to be a catalyst for team members to interact with one another in and out of class. I also believe it has contributed to their social development, which is critical for freshmen, most of whom are on their own for the first time.
The BizCafe simulation is the best way to introduce general ideas about what business entails. My students, who come from non-business areas, get a first-hand feel of the opportunities and challenges of running a business. I am able to augment their experience with comprehensive coverage in all of the elements of commerce. And, the students love the simulation.