Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience
“Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” focuses on strategies which tie K-12 programs together with two-year and four-year colleges to provide a seamless transition. Age appropriate learning exercises allow children, youth, and adults to experience entrepreneurship. Partnerships will also be examined to enhance a smooth transition to becoming an entrepreneur.
“Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” uses a systematic approach to tie K-12 programs to adult entrepreneurship programs in order to establish a transition from introduction to advanced entrepreneurship topics. Elements of the model include establishing partnerships with K-12 programs, youth groups, community development centers, churches, colleges, and universities. Experiential learning activities provide the foundation to assist “would be” entrepreneurs to use action learning to examine entrepreneurship topics. The children and youth portion includes identifying resources available in the local community, identifying desired businesses in a community, and research into unmet needs of the community.
The young adult and adult portion of “Creating a Seamless Entrepreneurial Experience” focuses on intermediate and advanced topics that lead to a successful entrepreneurial endeavor. Topics include target marketing, connecting the market to the financial projectors, and the financial feasibility of the business concept. The approach is important to create a vehicle where individuals start thinking about entrepreneurship as a viable option at a young age and continue the thought process through its completion. Individuals often do not embrace an entrepreneurship model until they have been displaced from employment and are very adverse to making the transition into entrepreneurship. The model becomes the vehicle which will allow practitioners to assist individuals throughout their “Entrepreneurial Growth Cycle.”
Value-added handouts include the “Entrepreneurial Growth Cycle” Model, examples of age appropriate activities, and examples of community partnerships. Participants will leave with an understanding of activities and approaches to focus on available community resources that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.
Joseph L. Fox, Ed.D., Business Administration Department Chair, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, NC