This website is dedicated to presenting a picture of the entrepreneurship education programs in existence as we move forward in the twenty-first century. We thank the original sponsors, the Appalachian Regional Commission, for their vision of what "might be" in the future, through the support for entrepreneurship education since the early part of this decade. The greatest wealth is in the minds and hopes of the people of a nation, and their creativity in recognizing "work that needs to be done." It is through entrepreneurship education and training at all levels of education that this vision of the future may be realized.What is Entrepreneurship?
Most will agree that the spirit of entrepreneurship is the driving force in the growth of the American economy. NFIB research shows that there are about 4 million new businesses created in the United States each year, resulting in new jobs, and opportunities for new business activity for existing businesses.
Many argue about the differences between small business and entrepreneurship. We believe this discussion needs to examine Edward de Bonoís ideas about creativity and apply it to the area of small business. If educators (and business owners) focus on "what is" or "what was" and teach their students or employees how to do a job as it has always been done, we agree that this is "small business management." They are managing the existing business with little orientation to creativity, without a focus on "what can be" or "what might be."
However, an orientation to opportunity, in any industry, leads to entrepreneurial thinking. If students have experience in thinking about new ways to improve the operations of an existing or new business idea, they are thinking in the way de Bono advocates for progress in our society. Entrepreneurship, in small business or large, focuses on "what may be" or "what can be". They are practicing entrepreneurship by looking for what is needed, what is missing, what is changing, and what consumers will buy during the coming years.
Entrepreneurship education is becoming a priority within all levels of education for a huge variety of reasons . . . based on the individual needs of leaders at each level of education.
- Educators in the College of Business see this area as a source of research, as well as an opportunity for business students to become successful business owners in the future.
- Educators in the College of Education see this area as a priority for teacher preparation for the nationís schools.
- Community colleges are mostly concerned with adult education and entrepreneurship training needs in their local communities, as well as the full-time students on their campuses. However, they have often separated those interested in business careers from those specializing in other industries where entrepreneurship abounds.
- High school career and technical education programs (often known as DECA, FCCLA, BPA, FBLA, FFA, etc.) see entrepreneurship as a career opportunity for students who may never go to college . . . and the entrepreneurial experience as a way to upgrade a young personís abilities to succeed as an employee as well as an entrepreneur.
- Social studies teachers often see entrepreneurship as a vehicle to explain economic theory to all American youth.
- Elementary and middle school teachers encourage the awareness of entrepreneurship as a career option for everyone, as well as a way to emphasize the importance of math, science, language arts, and social studies.
- Academic Core courses see Entrepreneurship as a vehicle to develop academic skills and understand the free enterprise system.
- For community youth programs it is a chance to provide experiences for young people who need to see new opportunities for their lives.
- For welfare-to-work agencies it is a vehicle to empower adults to be self-sufficient, independent, income-producing citizens.
- For adult educators entrepreneurship provides the broad-based approach to preparing potential entrepreneurs and upgrading those already in business.
But for everyone . . . it is entrepreneurship education.
WHERE... CAN WE FIND THE LEADERS AND THEIR MODEL PROGRAMS?"ENTREPRENEURSHIP EVERYWHERE" is an Ever-growing Online Database.
- National/Regional Programs - Check out these profiles for the major national and regional organizations that provide training for all levels of education and development of the field of entrepreneurship education.
- Policy/Advocacy/Information - This section contains national organizations that are information resources and policy leaders in the field of entrepreneurship.
- Publishers - Here you will find major Publisher Contacts and information about curriculum materials published for purchase by entrepreneurship educators.
- State/Local Programs - Here you will find state-by-state descriptions of great local entrepreneurship programs of all kinds. Profiles give contact information and key information about the type of program offered. Many have been presenters at our annual national conference on entrepreneurship education.
- Unemployment Programs - A new section on this website provides case studies of One-Stop Career Centers and Workforce Investment Boards that provide assistance to the unemployed to become entrepreneurs. Educators can partner with these centers to provide the training, mentoring, and coaching needed by individual clients with an idea to become self-employed
- State Education Partners - State Departments of Education and College Associations have taken leadership in supporting the growth of entrepreneurship education for the last 20 years.
- Worldwide Partners - This section contains a variety of programs from around the world that support entrepreneurship education, organized by country
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