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Association Coalition

Established in 2012, the MBA Research Business Coalition for Education is a not-for-profit coalition of professional and trade associations and foundations committed to supporting the teaching of critical business concepts and skills in the nation’s high schools. 

All professional associations, trade associations, and many foundations are invited to participate. 

Coalition Mission:  Encourage the teaching of core business skills and economic concepts for college- and career-ready high school curricula.

Chapter Benefits of Membership

  1. Active contribution to the success of high school students locally and nationwide
  2. Recognition as a (non-financial) Chapter Sponsor of student certifications and accredited school programs as offered by MBA Research.
  3. Opportunity for chapter publicity via local and association press, web, and social network (with PR support via MBA Research publicity initiatives)
  4. Member engagement via continuing online and local opportunities facilitated by MBA Research
  5. Chapter and individual member feedback and recognition by MBA Research
  6. Opportunities to participate/present at national conferences of business faculty


Activities of the Coalition

  1. Member participation in online surveys and discussion groups (15 minutes/month) to influence:
    • Business course curricula (national model)
    • Criteria for national student certification exams
    • Student recognition programs (local, state, and national)
  2. Encourage real-world learning opportunities for local students
  3. Recognize high-performing students (locally determined with MBA Research guidance)
  4. Advocate among community leaders as appropriate
  5. Recognize local high school business administration programs that have achieved national accreditation


Requirements of Coalition Membership

  1. Approval of the association board/leadership
  2. Acceptance by MBA Research
  3. Appointment of a key contact
  4. Participation in Coalition planning
  5. Member participation in MBA Executive Advisory Network
  6. Endorsement of National Business Administration Standards derived from Coalition and other business input


The MBA Research Coalition of Professional and Trade Associations is an initiative of the Marketing & Business Administration Research and Curriculum Center (dba MBA Research), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. MBA Research was established in 1971 and is operated by a consortium of state education departments. Its mission is to support educators in the preparation of students for careers in business.

For additional information re the Coalition, please email MBA Research at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.448.0398.


Oregon Holds Initial Coalition Meeting

As a part of Conclave 2017 this past October in Vancouver, Washington, MBA Research and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) gathered a group of 10 leaders of associations, chambers of commerce, and foundations in Oregon to begin the process of establishing a state affiliate of MBA's National Business Coalition for Education.

Ron Dodge, Education Specialist in Business and Management with ODE, gave the group an overview of Business, Marketing, and Finance programs administered by ODE in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) arena. Attendees discussed current business/education partnership initiatives within Oregon and examined ways to strengthen those relationships (and how to overcome potential barriers in doing so). The group placed a high priority on the main concept of the Coalition, which is to help strengthen and promote Business Administration Programs in CTE.

Attending this exploratory meeting were Kyle Ritchey-Noll - Oregon Business Council; Lori Kaliher - Oregon Bankers Association; Alison Hart - Oregon State Chamber of Commerce; Wendy Popkin - Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association; Timothy Rasch and Stephanie Gillett - Portland Human Resource Management Association; Phyllis Barker - Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants; John Chang - Young Entrepreneurs Business Week; Elaine Charpentier Philippi and Darrin Marks - Business Education Compact.

Dates are currently being considered for a next meeting to formalize this Oregon affiliate. 


Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association Joins Coalition to Support Business Education

We welcome the Columbus Chapter of the American Marketing Association as a new member of the Ohio affiliate of the National Business Coalition for Education. The Coalition consists of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce. It is a partnership between Coalition members, the Ohio Department of Education, and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The goal is to provide a skilled workforce for Ohio businesses with a focus on management, marketing, and finance. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE). 

AMA Columbus is the region's largest marketing association, offering professional development experiences, networking opportunities, marketing resources, best practices, and community involvement to engage marketers from a broad spectrum of disciplines. The chapter provides marketers with the connections and information they need to advance their careers. Chartered in 1950, the chapter boasts more than 200 members, from Fortune 500 executives to small-business owners and students. 

Coalitions consist of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce working in partnership with their respective state education departments and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE). Participating associations formally endorse MBA Research's industry-validated National Business Administration Standards. Students, educators, and business leaders are all sure to benefit from shared knowledge and expertise.


Ohio Affiliate Meeting Held on September 19

Business, industry, and education leaders gathered earlier this month for an organizational meeting of the Ohio Affiliate to the MBA National Business Coalition for Education. The meeting was hosted by the Ohio Travel Association. The Coalition is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, professional/trade associations in Ohio, and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. Emily Passias, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), spoke to the group about access to CTE across the state of Ohio and the importance of Employer-Education Partnerships. Dee Sturgill, also with the Office of Career and Technical Education at ODE, shared information with the group about enrollment in CTE programs across Ohio, as well as the importance of credentialing in the Business, Marketing, and Finance career pathways.

Representing their groups at the meeting were: Gordon Gough and Alex Boehnke, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants; Melinda Huntley, Ohio Travel Association; Jarrod Claybaugh, Ohio Society for Association Executives; Amanda Sklavenitis, Ohio Insurance Institute; Jaya You, Insurance Industry Resource Council; Melissa Sharp, International Association of Administrative Professionals; Toni Tayloe-Haddix, Ohio Grocers Association; Evan Kleymeyer, Ohio Bankers League; Debra Pack and Mick Pennington, American Marketing Association-Columbus Chapter; Tobias Roeddinger, American Advertising Federation, District 5; Grace Gerlach, NFIB-Ohio; Brandon Ogden, Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Coalitions consist of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce working in partnership with their respective state education departments and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE). Participating associations formally endorse MBA Research's industry-validated National Business Administration Standards. Students, educators, and business leaders are all sure to benefit from shared knowledge and expertise.


New Members from Ohio, Kentucky, and Nebraska Join the MBA Research National Business Coalition for Education

Associations and chambers formally join the MBA Research National Business Coalition by signing a partnership agreement. This agreement supports the Coalition mission and vision which includes an official endorsement of the MBA Research National Business Administration Standards.  

MBA Research would like to formally welcome the following organizations:

The Ohio Travel Association (Ohio Affiliate)
The Kentucky Retail Federation (Kentucky Affiliate)
The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) Eastern Great Lakes Branch (Kentucky Affiliate)
Durham Fowler and Co (Kentucky Affiliate)

In addition to endorsing the MBA National Business Administration standards, these groups will work to involve their membership in ExecNet, support state department of education initiatives, and raise awareness about the importance of career fields in Business Management, Finance, Marketing, and Hospitality and Tourism.


Newest Nebraska Coalition Member: The American Marketing Association

We welcome the American Marketing Association, Lincoln Chapter, as the newest member of the Nebraska affiliate of the National Business Coalition for Education. The Coalition consists of professional/trade associations, foundations, and chambers of commerce. It is a partnership between Coalition members, the Nebraska Department of Education, and MBA Research and Curriculum Center. The goal is to provide a skilled workforce for Nebraska businesses with a focus on management, marketing, finance, and IT. The concept is designed to help strengthen and promote Business Administration programs in Career Technical Education (CTE).

AMA Lincoln serves more than 200 members and hundreds of non-member marketing professionals in the Lincoln area. They serve as the resource for area marketers to learn, grow and connect through opportunities that promote education and marketing excellence. MBA Research looks forward to partnering with AMA - Lincoln as a part of this important initiative in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Education.


Coalition Meeting a Success in Nebraska

Business, industry, and education leaders gathered on May 11 in Lincoln at the Nebraska Bankers Association to attend a meeting held by the Nebraska affiliate of the national MBA Business Coalition for Education. Bonnie Sibert and Jacqui Garrison of the Nebraska Department of Education facilitated the meeting along with Rick Mangini of the MBA Research and Curriculum Center.

 Organizations, associations and chambers represented at the meeting were: AIM Institute, AKSARBEN Foundation, Avenue Scholars, Health Center Association of Nebraska, Nebraska Bankers Association, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nebraska Independent Community Bankers, Nebraska Retail Federation, Nebraska State Human Resource Management Association, Nebraska State Human Resource Management Association—Lincoln Chapter, Nebraska Business and Industry Council—Economic Development, and Nebraska Business and Industry—Labor.  Read more. 

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