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JA BizTown - Central Iowa




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JA BizTown is all that, and more. This experiential learning center exists to inspire responsible business owners, consumer and citizens.

Students get to interact within a simulated economy and learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a debit card and checking account, and work as a team.




JA BizTown® is an experiential learning laboratory for elementary and middle school students that combines 9 hours of curriculum delivered in 12 lessons prior to a 4 and 1/2 hour visit to JA BizTown®, a fully interactive, mock town that simulates the day-to-day functions of thriving communities. The program helps students connect what they learned in school with the realities of the business world and everyday life.

How does it work? The journey to JA BizTown® begins in the classroom where students study the basic economic principles at play in every community.

Students learn to:

  • Apply for a job
  • How to write checks
  • Maintain a check register
  • Service an existing customer or recruit a new one
  • Become a business owner who creates jobs




JA Central Iowa BizTown Video MCSD 2023

Thank you to our JA BizTown Storefront Sponsors:

Logo for Businessolver
Logo for F&G Annuities and Life
Logo for Greater Des Moines Partnership
Logo for John Deere Financial
Logo for Kum and Go
Logo for Meredith
Logo for MidAmerican Energy
Logo for Pattie & Jim Cownie
Logo for Shindler Anderson
Logo for Unity Point Health
Logo for Voya Financial
Logo for Weitz
Logo for Wells Fargo

Thank you to our other supporting JA BizTown sponsors:

Bank of America
Central Bank
City of West Des Moines
Prairie Meadows
State Farm
Variety The Children's Charity Iowa

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