21st Century Graduation Pathway System (GPS)

The dream of many students is to become self-employed. Results of a US Department of Commerce study show that youths’ strong interest in starting a business derives from the freedom associated with being their own boss. According to a Gallup Poll study done in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 7 out of 10 students say they want to start their own business. Entrepreneurs generate ideas; produce goods, services and jobs; and produce the economic activity that drives the local economy. Despite the widespread acceptance of the key role small businesses and entrepreneurs play in our economy, many institutions of learning are not preparing our young people for careers as business owners. They are overwhelmingly being prepared for a life of working for someone else. In today’s rapidly changing economic climate not everyone is going to be able to find that “good job with a good company.” The Participating In Entrepreneurship (PIE™) & Small Business Program is making students in high schools aware of the possibilities offered by entrepreneurship and providing them with knowledge, skills and attitudes  to seize those opportunities.

Preparing Students For Careers As Business Owners

In the United States, a high school is a school that students go to usually for grades 9 through 12, from the ages of about 14-15 to about 17-18. It is also the last school that the law requires the student to go to. However, students with behavioral issues that are too much for the school to handle are not required to attend. This is called expulsion. Some states have an age or certain grade where a student does not have to attend school, this is called the compulsory age, for example in New York, students below 17 years of age are required to attend school unless the child is excused. Some people may choose to take some tests called GED (General Education Development) as another way to finish high school. A student is allowed by law to stop going to high school after a certain age without having graduated. Entrepreneurship education focuses on developing real-world skills that will help high school and college students to lead exceptional lives in a rapidly changing world. Entrepreneurship education teaches students crucial life and business skills that are needed to participate in free enterprise as employees and successful entrepreneurs. 

What is the best way to validate entrepreneurial knowledge acquired by students?  The answer to this question, is for students to earn the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification from ICDC Certiport Authorized Learning & Testing Center.

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The Participating In Entrepreneurship and Small Business Program Certification is available through individual vouchers or licenses. Each has the option to bundle the exam with a practice test and courseware that can be mixed and matched for your educational demands. All license types (except Florida Universal)* include access to the Entrepreneurial Mindset Index (EMI) assessment developed by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Teaching, the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile (EMP) development by Eckard College, ESB–A Resource Guide for the Classroom, a professional development program developed by The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (Entre-Ed). Additionally, through a partnership with  Palo Alto software, Business Design Corp and AppyPie , students will learn how to create business plans, business systemization, and build mobile apps while running a student-based tech company. 

Teaching & learning resources

For Student entrepreneurs

Start The PIE Academy

Your school is issued individual Participating In Entrepreneurship (PIE) & Small Business Program voucher for a PIE Academy license on your campus.

Attend New PIE Academy Orientation

All New PIE Academy officers and the facility advisor will attend the New PIE Academy & Small Business Program Orientation and Training.

Get Certified - Earn A Master Certification in Entrerpreneurship

We work from the proposition that everyone must be made aware of the important role of entrepreneurs in our economy and recognize the value of entrepreneurship education for all students entering the workforce.

Continue Learning & Growing

In today's complex business environment, students and educators must stay informed and relevant in an ever changing economy.
Director of Chapter Development



Anthony Todd Bell is a native New Orleans. Yearning to serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Army. His primary duty was nursing. Anthony served in Korea and was stationed in several states across the country. Anthony also completed a stint in the Gulf War. After retiring with 25 years of service, he began his career as a Nurse for the Veteran Administration hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Anthony holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in Management from American Military University. His combined experience is in leadership and organizational management. 

Anthony’s current role has him managing product services in education. He is a liaison between Business owners and key Executives helping students succeed. He serves as President of the Alumni Association for St. Augustine High School, Georgia Chapter serving over 1200 members and a member of the Toastmaster International. He also serves as a Board Member of Intellectual Development Capital Corporation (ICDC). Anthony has been married for 20 years and enjoys traveling and cooking.

For More information about bringing Participating In Entrepreneurship (PIE) Small Business Program to your high school or university campus, contact Mr. Bell @(504) 521- 6810 or info@intellectualcdc.com

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