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Mr. William Bissic, M.A.Ed

Welcome to my webpage for all Business Entrepreneurship and Poetry classes for the 2017-2018 school year. Please feel free to email me with comments, questions, or concerns!

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Business of You - Info for Portfolio

Essential Question:

How and why can an entrepreneurial mindset benefit you?

  • How can it help you as an artist?
  • How can it help you stand out?
An opportunity for students to explore, investigate, participate, interpret, research, and better understand a career while simultaneously accessing entrepreneurial and artistic skills that influence their choices.
  1. Brainstorm artistic goods or services to sell to your community
  2. Research target market
  3. Develop your brand
  4. Cost Analysis/ Sales Forecast
  5. Product Development
  6. Marketing and Promotion
  7. Venture Convention

Essay Outline

Essay Outline
  1. Intro
    1. City Data
    2. Market economic systems represented in your city (in relation to need)
    3. Command economic systems represented in your city (in relation to need)
    4. Introduce need in your city
  2. Body
    1. Data and statistics to justify need in your community
    2. Existing solutions
      1. What has been done historically to meet this need?
    3. Proposal
      1. What are you planning to do to meet the need in the community?
      2. Timeline for implimentation
      3. How will you measure success?
  3. Conclusion
    1. Wrap it up - Where do you go from here?

Sample Economic Systems Paper

See attached. The format is slightly different because last year's students had to write a 6-8 page APA style research paper.
Pay attention to the introductions and conclusions. The body of your papers should be easy for you all to write.
  1. Need
  2. Existing Solutions
  3. Proposal
  4. Implementation Timeline
  5. Measuring Success
Obviously add terminology from economics throughout your essay.
Other examples:

Service Learning Proposal Report



  • Groups will prepare a written proposal, that identifies and addresses a need within their communities.


  • Problem Statement
    • This section includes a clear description of and background information on the identified problem. An effective problem statement is thoroughly researched, shows a deep understanding of the issue, and builds a strong case to support why the project is needed. This includes but is not limited to: research/statistics on the problem, and/or research/statistics about the target community or market.
  • Existing Solutions
    • This section is an overview of any existing services, programs, interventions or products that have been designed or implemented to address this problem. Where applicable, applicants should discuss the limitations of these approaches, the gaps that still exist, and present research on what has been done in the past and where those solutions fell short.
  • Proposed Innovation
    • This section includes a summary of the innovative project (e.g. program, service, good, etc.) how it works, and its intended impact.  This is the “nuts and bolts” portion of the proposal and focuses on what the project will look like in its 1st year of implementation. It briefly explains any implementation challenges that may arise and how they will be addressed. It may note (but does not focus on) whether the project intends to scale up or expand in future years.
  • Implementation Timeline
    • The timeline describes the key next steps for implementing the idea for the 1st year only (June 2018-June 2019).
  • Measuring Success
    • Groups should include information about how they will monitor or measure the impact or success of their project throughout the 1st year of implementation (June 2018-June 2019). This does not need to be a formal monitoring and evaluation plan, but can take the form of metrics and methods to make sure they can track their progress.


  • The Proposal Report  will be filed in a digital binder as well as printed and submitted in a report cover.

Service Learning - Quick Write

How can you incorporate concepts learned in Business, Government, Economics, English, and Mathematics into your Service Learning Project? Use vocabulary from each discipline to show your level of understanding.

Volunteer Opportunities Assignment

Create a new Google doc in your Service Learning folder entitled "Volunteer Opportunities"
  1. Each group member is responsible for finding a minimum of two volunteer opportunities related to your Service Learning Project. Try to find opportunities within a 10 mile radius of your home.
  2. Each Google Doc entry should have the following information
    1. Name of organization
    2. Volunteer duties & Preferred Skills
    3. Requirements & Commitments
    4. Website URL and/or Contact information
William Bissic
Name: School on Wheels
About opportunity: School on Wheels is looking for dedicated people to volunteer tutor for one hour a week with homeless children and youth, and teens. The wonderful kids we serve are living in shelters, emergency drop-in centers and other locations throughout the Inland Empire. Our tutors are the "wheels" by visiting the children where they are at to provide tutoring.

No previous mentoring or teaching experience is required, just a willingness to make a real and lasting difference in a young person's life by helping them academically. And you will be volunteering with a student in an age range that you're comfortable working with for just an hour a week
  • Tutoring
  • General Education
  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
Requirements/ Commitment: Background Check. Must be at least 16 years old. 1 hour per week. Commitment of 1 year preferred

Rhetorical appeals

Rhetoric: The art of persuasion.
Rhetor: The speaker or writer who is attempting to persuade the audience.
Ethos: Credibility or trust; The rhetor cites credible sources or establishes credibility through professional tone or title.
Logos: Reason or logic; The rhetor uses logical organized arguments by referencing studies, statistics, or logical analogies.
Pathos: Emotions or values; The rhetor sways the audience's emotions using stories, vivid imagery, and inspirational quotes.

Service Learning Proposal Presentation

Below is an outline for the your proposal presentations.
  1. Introduction of your group members
  2. Introduce the need in your community that you will address
  3. Present data/ statistics to justify that this is in fact a need within your community
  4. Present a minimum of two pieces of research, explaining what has been done historically to meet this need (use your annotated bibliographies).
  5. Explain your Service Learning Project
    1. What are the service outcomes?
    2. What would your volunteers be doing?
    3. What skills would you and your volunteers gain?
  6. Introduce two potential community partners
    1. What would their involvement be?
    2. What would they have to gain by working with you?
  7. What are the time parameters for the project? Is it a one-time event or is it recurring?
  8. Describe the ideal volunteer, and explain your plan for acquiring them.
  9. End with a call to action

Service Learning Proposal Form

Agency name:

Agency description:

Contact information:

Phone Numbers

Name of Service Learning Project

  1. Service outcomes - Who do you want to help? What impact do you want to make?
  2. Actions service learners will perform - What will the volunteers be doing?
  3. Learning outcomes - What skills would you like to gain? What skills will the volunteers gain?

Project Time Parameters

Is this a one-time event/service? If it's recurring, how often will it be?

Requirements Of Service Learners - Are there any specific job/ skill requirements for the participants?

Age - Is there a minimum age for the volunteers? If so, what is it?

Community Partners List

  1. Create a google doc in your Service Learning folder entitled "Community Partners List."
  2. Each group member is responsible for two entries on this document. The entries should follow the following template:
    1. Name of community partner
    2. Description of organization (you can copy and paste from the "About Us" section from company's website"
    3. Explanation of how your Service Learning project could benefit from this partnership
    4. URL (website address) to company's homepage
Community Partners List
William Bissic
  • The Glasshouse
  • All ages performance venue located 25 miles east of Los Angeles. This Downtown Pomona venue, historically, has been a tour stop for national bands as well as a host venue for local music festivals.
  • Because we are interested in curating a low-cost music show that brings awareness to fostered youth in Pomona, we feel like it is in an ideal location and has the physical capacity to meet the needs of our show. Maybe the Glasshouse could sponsor the event and give us a discount on using the space.

Business Letter Format

Directions: Write a letter to a community partner using the attached file as a template. Details to how to write each field is listed below. Titled the Google doc "MyName_Letter to Community Partner"
Business Letter Template Fields:

Date: Use month, day, year format, e.g., March 3, 2012 or 3 March 2012

Sender's Address: It is a good idea to include sender's email and url, if available. Don't include this information if it's already incorporated into the letterhead design. This will allow customers to find your small business more quickly.

Inside Address: Use full name. Mr./Ms. is optional

Salutation: Be sure to use a colon at the end of the name, not a comma as in personal letters

Body Text:

  1. Brief description of why you are interested in participating in this Service Learning Project
  2. A discussion of any skills that you have that you bring to this project
  3. A brief description of how the community partner could contribute (and benefit from) the Service Learning objective

Closing "Call to Action": State what the reader needs to do and what you will do to follow up

Signature Block: Sign your letter in blue or black ink

Enclosures: Use if you have an enclosure

Carbon Copy: Use if you are sending a copy to additional person(s)

Service Learning Quote Response

Choose a quote that aligns best with your idea of service learning. Explain why this quote represents your feelings. 1 PAGE MINIMUM.


“If we do not act. We shall surely be dragged down the long, dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without insight.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.” —Horace Mann


“I believe that serving and being served are reciprocal and that one cannot really be one without the other.” —Robert Greenleaf, educator and writer


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead


“Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.” —Oprah Winfrey