MBA Research
Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.

Professional Development


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We’re proud to offer a growing menu of solutions for better positioning the teaching of Business Administration in today’s changing environment.  Although we offer many different kinds of professional development, all of our PD has one thing in common:  We focus on improving learning outcomes for all students of business.  And, we work to find ways to make a teacher’s life just a bit easier – or at least to help teachers focus on what matters most: Student performance.


Business Administration! 
Our research focuses on a wide range of possible careers and college majors, including entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality/tourism, management/administration, and marketing.   We study them all and then we translate what we learn from business into standards and curriculum for you.  All teachers of any specialty within the Business Administration framework will benefit from our PD opportunities.


Teacher-Leader Forum

The Teacher-Leader Forum is a new MBA Research initiative to encourage development of a common vision for business and marketing education.  Across the nation, business and marketing education continues to face significant challenges to position programs in schools that heavily focused on STEM and academic rigor.  Our hope is that by working together, our various professional associations can work together to strengthen demand for the teaching of core business subjects.

Beginning this spring, we’ll begin a continuing dialogue with elected leaders interested in exploring the future of business and marketing education, both secondary and postsecondary, and who are looking for ways to create a strong, engaging association to help the profession move forward. Read more.

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The MBA Conclave is designed for anyone who teaches or administers the teaching of business administration (entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing) build better, bigger, stronger programs at the local level.  Every session is designed for take-home value.  Click here for more on Conclave.

A Tool Tip for Getting Organized in The Learning Center

Learn a simple organizational tool that can be used while working in The Learning Center. This tool can help customize the resources used within a LAP module. Whether your students have access to the Learning Center or it is used more as a filing cabinet to house LAPs, let Tammy show you how she uses this organizational tool to simplify the planning process for a course.

The webinars will be offered February 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET and March 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET.  Register at:

Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central High School (NC).  She has received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, her Master of Arts in Business Education (MaED) and holds her certification in School Administration.  Her professional experiences include working as adjunct faculty at Pitt Community College, working as a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, serving as Department Chairperson for the CTE Department, secretary of the School Improvement Team, mentoring beginning teachers, and working as a CTSO adviser for FBLA. 

Previously recorded webinars on our YouTube channel:

LAP Modules:

MBA Accreditation:

MBA Learning Center:

Project Management:

State's Connection:



For High School of Business webinars, click here.


More workshops coming soon!

Workshop Downloads

Below are links to PowerPoint slides and handouts used in the designated conferences, workshops, webinars, and other professional development opportunities.  These materials are copyrighted.  We are happy to make them available to you as a value-added for the PD event you attended.  However, you may not use these materials except for your own learning, without prior permission.  You may not use them as part of your own presentations unless you obtain written permission in advance.

Conclave downloads are available on the Conclave Speaker Materials page.

2017 ACTE VISION Conference

Listen: What Business Says Matters Download
In Demand... Opportunities for Students of Business Download

2016 New Advisor Workshop, International DECA Conference


2013 DECA Western Region Leadership Conference

Using DECA to Support Standards-based Instruction PowerPoint Download
Using MBA Research PowerPoint Download

2013 NCLA/ACTE "Accreditation"

Best Practice handout Download
Best Practice PowerPoint Download

GA Administrators 2012

Analysis of Student Performance - ASK Institute Certification PowerPoint Download

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*PLEASE make your selection carefully. If you enroll with more than one, you’ll find a great deal of redundancy. In most weeks, 50% or more of the content is included in most editions. Selection guidelines:

  • HS Business Teacher is best for those who teach a variety of different business courses and whose students are members of either Business Professionals of America or of FBLA.  We do not recommend the marketing edition, even if you teach a marketing course, unless your students are active in the DECA student organization.
  • HS Marketing Teacher is best for those who teach various marketing and entrepreneurship courses and whose students are members of DECA. Content in the marketing edition and the business edition is roughly 80% the same.
  • Postsecondary Business Faculty is intended for those who teach core business and marketing courses at a community or technical college.
  • School Administrator is best for local CTE Directors, Principals, curriculum specialists, and department chairs in those schools where the business department encompasses multiple programs and courses. Content is roughly 80% duplicated with the business and marketing teacher editions.
  • Teacher Educator edition is intended for college faculty who prepare future teachers. This edition is more specialized than the others and is issued ad hoc. Teacher educators may wish to also subscribe to the appropriate high school or postsecondary teacher editions.

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The Association for Career and Technical Education hosts and participates in a wide variety of conferences, workshops and events each year. MBA Research is proud to participate in and support ACTE's activities.

Information on future ACTE workshops and conferences can be found here.

Getting Started

You’ve chosen a profession that is dynamic, ever-changing, interesting, and in most cases: Fun, Challenging, and Demanding. You’re going to be faced with lots of “first” priorities, lots of people demanding that you do it all first.  It’s easy to become overwhelmed, confused, uncertain, and frustrated.  Some tips for getting started:

  1. Tomorrow:  No time to plan? Need to buy some time to get organized? 

    How we help:  It’s not ideal, but we all get caught and need help fast.  Here are some ideas to get started right now:

    • Download some of our sponsored LAP Instructional Modules.  You can access them online.  You’ll be required to complete a two-minute survey after which you’ll get a code that you can use to access more than 50 in-depth lessons.  Go here.  HINT:  In our store, the “free” link is in the product description.  
    • Projects/Activities:  Grab a mini-case study (Gray Zone, for example), or projects and activities available in our State’s ConnectionHINT: To access this portal, you’ll need to set up a free account.  Allow 48-hours for the account to be activated.  (It usually happens faster, but not always.)  The portal includes free materials available to all teachers in our member states
    • If you have some budget available, our most popular, most comprehensive support is via our online MBA Learning Center. There, you can access a growing list of more than 200 comprehensive lessons you can use yourself or for a very minimal cost, you can sign up your students so that they can work online.  HINT: If you teach in one of our member states, the price you see in our store will be discounted 30% when you check out.  If you’re lucky enough to teach in a state with an enhanced membership, your teacher access to the MBA Learning Center is available at no additional cost; you pay only for the optional student access.

  2.  What to teach? This is the single most important decision you’ll make in every course.  You’ll quickly find that following the textbook (regardless of which textbook) is an easy but ineffective solution.  Textbooks are designed around sales/marketing decisions for the mass market.  Therefore, a chapter 1, chapter 2 approach fails to deliver for most classes.  

    How we help:  Our research teams build sample courses based on extensive industry research. We ask business people what they do and what they know and use their input to build the national business administration standards.  We then design course outlines (and more) based on the national standards.  These “course guides” are available at no cost.  Course Guides

  3. Lesson plan:  The discussion, projects, activities, and presentations for each day is where the real action is.  Schools often require “lesson plans” that follow a particular format.  You’ll have to play by your principal’s rules and build your lessons accordingly.  The most important part of any good lesson plan is that it clearly spells out what you expect students to take away from the experience.  These learning outcomes need to be meaningful – relevant, rigorous, and of real value. 

    How we help:  Our research associates design very high quality lessons that align 100% with the national business administration standards.  We call these lessons “LAP Instructional Modules.”  They are outcome-oriented and include all the pieces and parts typical of most schools’ requirements.  You may have to do some reformatting and add some local detail, but the hard part is done.  With very little time and effort, you have a comprehensive lesson that delivers on the standards.  Some of these LAP Instructional Modules are available as PDF’s at no cost.  All are included as part of our online MBA Learning Center, which is a subscription service.  LAP Modules.

  4. BPA, DECA, FBLA:  The best high school business administration programs use one or more Career-Tech Student Organizations (CTSO) to motivate and reward student learning.  Regardless of which you affiliate with, you’ll find many opportunities to engage your students in leadership activities, competitive events, and networking opportunities.  Used properly, the activities offered by student organizations quickly become a very strong inducement to learning.  Be careful that the activities you encourage, including the selection of competitive events, are truly aligned with the learning outcomes of your courses and that they truly align with student career interests.

    How we help: 
    We make the national, research-based standards available to all three organizations.  Each addresses them in its own way.  In the area of leadership development, we provide a comprehensive leadership course and a significant number of our LAP Instructional Modules to ensure that the leadership activities of the student organization can be directly connected with substantive content.  Most of these materials (LAP Modules and Course Guides) are sponsored and available at no cost.  Leadership Materials.  HINT: In our store, the “free” link is in the product description. 

    For competitive event preparation, we offer a number of helpful tools including detailed competency lists for many of the events, practice test items in our course guides, LAP Instructional Modules, and in our MBA Learning Center.  HINT:  Your students can earn micro-credentials (digital badges) throughout the year; badges are a great way to motivate learning of the same content likely to be part of the competitive events.

    More about student organizations, including tips for competing, performance indicator lists, rubrics, and ideas for getting your students to the stage. 

  5. Certifications/End-of-Program Assessments:  Most states require some kind of end-of-course or end-of-year assessment.  Each state is different, so you’ll have to do your homework.  Rather than treating these required assessments as a negative (which happens all too often), we strongly encourage you to help students think of them as an avenue to a reward.   Make all of your lessons, all of your CTSO activities (especially competitive events) part of the preparation for the end-of-year exams.  After all, this is where your students have the opportunity to prove to themselves, to their future colleges, to their employer or future employer, and to their grandma that they’re taking with them, something of value from their work with you.

    How we help.  Many states use one of our proof-of-learning tools. The most common are the A*S*K Institute certifications and the end-of-program exams.  Regardless of the exams used in your state, we offer a growing list of “stepping stone” assessments that will help your students along the way.  They are also valuable for helping students prepare for competitive events.  Each comes with its own reward in the form of a digital badges.   HINT: If you’re not familiar with the badging concept, think of them as the Boy or Girl Scout merit badge on steroids.  It’s worth your time to learn more and to incorporate them into your planning as a way to motivate and reward all year long.

  6. Don’t be bashful!  Back in 1971, the leaders of our profession recognized that we needed to help one another, to share our resources, and to work together to serve those students who will one day run our economy.  Leaders from 11 states banded together to form this not-for-profit organization.  We’ve grown a lot since then, and we now serve teachers in all 50 states and some foreign countries.  In all that time and with all that growth, what hasn’t changed is our not-for-profit partnership with thousands of business and marketing teachers who work every single day to help kids turn the corner on future careers.

    How we help. 
    You don’t have time to read the details right now.  Just do this:

    • Bookmark this website.  Then dedicate a few minutes when you can to explore what we do.  Much, not all, is free.  All is based on real research with the single goal of helping you help students succeed.
    • Subscribe to our newsletter.
    • Register for our State’s Connection website.  
    • Make the commitment to keep growing.  Most of our PD is online at no cost!
    • Memorize this number and email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 800.448.0398    Let us help.

MBA Research offers a variety of workshops, webinars, conference presentations, and other professional development activities.  Along with our full-time R&D staff, our adjunct PDTeam brings recent, real-world experience.  Each is highly qualified in terms of experience with MBA Research research, products, and services, and has demonstrated high levels of achievement with their own local programs.  All have taught and mentored a wide range of business and marketing students and all have been active in both their student organizations (BPA, DECA, and FBLA) and their professional associations, including ACTE and NBEA.  

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Meet our PDTeam:


From Michigan…

Dr. Brenda Clark is the Director of Professional Development for MBA Research. After 34 years of teaching at the secondary, community college and university levels, she retired from education to start a new opportunity working with teachers, districts and state departments from around the country to provide professional development to business administration teachers. She is responsible for the PDTeam, Teacher Advisory Network, Conclave, Leadership Forum and the ongoing development of professional development. She has been an active leader at both the state and national levels in both professional and student organizations and has received numerous awards at the state and national levels. She has been recognized as an outstanding presenter.





From Indiana…

Judy Commers taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sports Marketing and was a DECA Advisor in Indiana for 40 years, teaching at comprehensive high schools and a career center. She continues her career as an adjunct business instructor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. During her career, Judy has been a strong supporter of MBA Research materials, and she believes attending Conclave is the best investment a teacher can make in his/her professional life. Judy authored Goodheart-Willcox’s Marketing Dynamics teacher edition textbook (and supplemental materials that accompany the text), and she co-authored the Entrepreneurship textbook. 




From North Carolina…

Tammy Cyrus is a Business and Marketing Education teacher at South Central High School (NC).  She has received her National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, her Master of Arts in Business Education (MaED) and holds her certification in School Administration.  Her professional experiences include working as adjunct faculty at Pitt Community College, working as a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, serving as Department Chairperson for the CTE Department, secretary of the School Improvement Team, mentoring beginning teachers, and working as a CTSO adviser for FBLA.




From West Virginia…

Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor. 



From Michigan…

Kim Guest is currently a local CTE Director, marketing and accounting teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Kearsley High School in Flint, MI. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology.  She operates a Gold Certified SBE.  Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board for seven years.  Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave. 




From New Mexico…

Lacee Manus is a Marketing Education teacher at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, NM. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in Secondary Education. Lacee has served on the NM ACTE Board for the past 4 years as well as the NM DECA Board for the past 8 years.  After being elected as the NM DECA Teacher of the Year in 2013, Lacee also assisted in developing the Marketing Curriculum for NM Marketing teachers (with the help of MBA Research of course). 


From Michigan…

Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Jennifer received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.


From Kentucky…

Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as an instructor at Eastern High School (KY) and a part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 



From Michigan…

Elizabeth Mosher has worked in education since 2001. She has taught Career Focused Education for Farmington Public Schools (MI) and has experience in both cross walking curriculums with other disciplines and the common core. During this time Liz was a member of Michigan Marketing Educators and served the role as President and as well as chairing the Fall and Spring Conferences. She also served as both DECA District 6 Representative and DECA Planning and Budget Representative. Elizabeth served as the Assistant Principal for Lakeland HS and in the Huron Valley School District. Major accomplishments there were rebuilding the culture, using staff resources efficiently and effectively, leading the school for AdvancED accreditation and continued growth and improvement in the school and instructional practices. She currently holds the title of Director of Secondary Education for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. In this role, she oversees and supports administrators and the CTE and STEM Coordinator, creates and plans professional learning, works in building leadership capacity, developing building culture, and implementing continuous school improvement. 



From Ohio…

Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has also been a member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network since July 2014. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 


From Tennessee…

Dr. Ann Stewart spent 25 years in the business world before turning her attention to education. As a marketing and entrepreneurship teacher, Ann facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students. Ann has also been a DECA advisor for twelve years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. Ann received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School