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Parents need to know that kid testers found the gameplay to be fast-paced and challenging. Many had trouble winning the simulation on their first try but found they became better business owners on the second and third tries. They had a small complaint about the lack of a pause button to allow more time for research and planning. Parents also should be aware that the simulation contains Disney advertising.
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What's it about?
HOTSHOTBUSINESS.COM is a free online simulation, appropriate for kids ages 9-14. Created by Disney Online in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, the simulation challenges kids to run a skateboard factory, a pet spa, a comic book store, or a landscaping business and earn $2000 in profits in six weeks. Kids learn how to get financing, conduct customer surveys, create marketing campaigns, learn to service customers and tie into events in the news. Thought bubbles over customers' heads indicate their desires and kids learn how to adapt their enterprises to meet demand.
Is it any good?
As the summer heats up, junior entrepreneurs ignite! The Internet has a fun, new simulation that might help these lemonade standers earn more money as they learn about the business world. The simulation is fun, hip, and an engaging way to learn about running a business. When players create a successful virtual business, the Web site offers the "hotshot" entrepreneurs extra materials, including clever ideas for starting kid-businesses and the option to print their own business cards and matching flyers.
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