Pennsylvania Business Week

Contact us to enhance economic education in your classroom

What is Pennsylvania Business Week?

Pennsylvania Business Week was developed in 1997 by the Manufacturer and Business Association in conjunction with Ft. LeBoeuf High School. In 1999, the MBA turned the program over to ACES.

Business Week is designed to allow teams of high school students to manage companies through a business simulation for an entire week. Students are taught how to manage finances, execute effective advertising campaigns, and work together as a team to achieve success.

The program culminates in 5 competitions at the end of the week: Advertising, Stockholders, Trade Show, Return on Net Assets and Top Company.

Why Is Business Week Important
Economics education is not a required course of study in the Pennsylvania public education system. As a result, high school students are graduating without any understanding of how their American economic system functions and how they play a critical role in participating in, and preserving, that system.

Pennsylvania Business Week provides ALL students with an opportunity to learn this vital information by taking the program directly to the students - in their own classrooms. Click the link below to find out what our volunteers, teacher advisors, and students are saying about the PA Business Week program.

What We Have Accomplished
ACES has just completed their 24th year bringing PA Business Week to area high schools. This program has been presented to over 22,000 Pennsylvania high school students spanning five western PA counties.

Evaluation data reveals that Business Week is very effective in helping students understand how our American economy works and how to be successful in our free enterprise system. Students also leave with a heightened awareness of job opportunities in their area through the partnership of Business Advisors.

The PA Business Week program has proven to be very successful in encouraging optimism and enthusiasm about the future of America among our young people and offers a more tangible understanding of the American economic system.


New Castle High School 

September 13 - 17, 2021

Girard High School 

September 27 - October 1, 2021

Greenville High School 

October 12 - 15, 2021

Corry High School 

November 15 - 19, 2021

Cambridge Springs High School 

February 28 - March 4, 2022

Fort LeBoeuf High School 

October 25 - 29, 2021

Hickory High School 

December 13 - 17, 2021

Saegertown High School 

March 14 - 18, 2022

Maplewood High School 

March 28 - April 1, 2022