Business-wise

For more detailed information, please see your Junior Girl Scout Badge Book and your Junior Girl Scout Handbook.  The information provided here is only to give you an idea of what each badge is about.  Additional resources not found in the badge book or handbook are marked with this graphic .  They are additional ideas your troop might find useful in earning this badge.

1. Talent Scout - Make a list of your skills and interests, a list of community needs and a list of business that would combine the two.

2.  Ask an Owner - Do an interview with a successful female business owner.  Ask her the following questions:

  • What was your first business?
  • Why did you start your own business?
  • What do you like the most and the least about being your own boss?
  • What personality traits and skills are needed to run a business?

3.  Risky Business? - With a group, debate the advantages of working for yourself with the disadvantages.

4.  Business Plan of Action - Think about a business you could start now and create a business plan for it.  Do this by answering the following questions.

  • What products or services will you provide?
  • Who will your customers be?
  • What will the name of your business be?
  • How will you get the money or supplies to start?
  • How much will you charge for your product or services?
  • How will you keep accurate records of income and expenses?

5.  Friends and Money - Talk to a friend who is interested in starting a business with you and create guidelines to help guarantee a successful working relationship.  Don't forget about communication.

6.  Cost and Profit - Talk to someone who has her own business and find out how she determines her expenses and what her time is worth.

7.  Be Seen! - Create an advertising campaign for your business (real or imaginary).

8.  Practice Makes Perfect - Demonstrate the way you would present yourself and your product or service to your customers.

9.  Up and Running - Take part in running a business according to the plan you created in requirement 4.

10. Cash Flow - Find out how to open a bank account for a business and about special bank services for business.