The year has
gone by so fast: it is hard to believe that this is our last monthly
report. Despite the distractions of finals and holiday spirit, we have
been working on ‘Student Reflections on Entrepreneurship’, which will be
published in January. I am including some excerpts to give you a taste of
the interesting and very personal insights our students have shared with
you Coleman Foundation and NACCE for all the encouragement you have given
us. Thanks to your support, the Community Center for Entrepreneurship at
Bunker Hill Community College is increasingly integrated into everyday life at
Bunker Hill Community College. While this does not relate to the grant, I
would like to share with you that our Entrepreneurship Club students have
written a business plan for a student-run business on campus. Bunker Hill is a
Regional Cisco Networking Academy and the recent regional meeting focused on
new PassPort21 Networking Entrepreneurship Simulation which we are
‘test-driving’ at BHCC. We are discussing the development of possible joint
Entrepreneurship/IT course. Inter-disciplinary certificates in
Entrepreneurship and Gaming/Hospitality/Graphic Arts will be rolled out this
has been a very successful year, and we look forward to 2011. In the
meantime, we send you our best wishes for the holiday season and New Year.
Students Write About
realized [that being an entrepreneur] was perfect for my life,
and I fell in love with the idea of becoming a successful one myself.
Everywhere I look today there are business opportunities all around me.
believe that being an entrepreneur is absolutely exciting and
satisfying. It requires great ambition, commitment, effort, enthusiasm, dedication,
optimism, and tolerance. However, it repays with potential career advancement
and growth in profit. It depends what an individual considers more important in
life. I believe that self-actualization is really important; in fact, one of my
dreams is to be a consultant accountant after getting enough experience in the
financial industry. I am really ambitious and firm about my career choice, and
it is not just the dream of a young student; it is my career objective. I am
aware of the long way in front of me and the great dedication required, but I
am sure that the personal satisfaction I will get is more valuable. Entrepreneurship
is comparable to a relationship between a person and a business; it is a game
of giving and receiving. A business will give back as much as it has received.
By giving importance and dedication to the business, entrepreneurs will be
satisfied and content with the results.
always see my father as an entrepreneur; he’s a man that had
very little economically, but he knew that what he wanted was to have his own
business and be his own boss. He’s been an entrepreneur for more than 15
years, and is my inspiration for having my own business at some point in my
life. My father is not rich but he was able to raise his family very well and
give us only the best. I know that being an entrepreneur gave him the
advantage to do many things in life.
me an entrepreneur is someone who has a dream of owning their own business
and although there are many risks the entrepreneur strives towards the dream
and does not let anything stop them. There are some risks to owning and
operating a business but the pride of seeing your dream in the works and up and
running is unlike anything. Waking up every morning knowing you absolutely
love what you do and knowing you are living out your dream is what entrepreneurship
means to me.
is as exciting as Vegas, with lights and interesting people of all walks,
staring at you. Entrepreneurship requires abilities far beyond our basic
characteristics. Entrepreneurship is innovations and ideas from everything that
we see, eat, drink, hear and feel. Entrepreneurship is endless opportunities
from all round the globe.
take a step of faith and put their idea or dream to the test and not give into
the thought that it might not come to pass or be accomplished. An entrepreneur
is a person who will not give up no matter what obstacle may come their way.
Even when the idea does not work or the dream may come to an end they know that
at least they gave it a shot. It does not stop there, but they find a way to
make the changes necessary to complete or redesign it. [An entrepreneur] is a
person who will dare to step into the unknown, give it their all and will not
accept ‘no’ as an answer and will not be ashamed to make the necessary
entrepreneur is persistent and will not stop when faced with a few skeptics.
Not every business is going to take off right away and be successful. An
entrepreneur won’t let this bog them down, but will motivate themselves and
others to work towards their goal.
this point it’s hard to say if anything is going to be successful, but with an
open mind and the right attitude I believe I can make anything possible.
me, what it comes down to is, am I willing to take the financial risk? I’ve
been broke before, and I don’t ever want to be that again.
have always admired entrepreneurs no matter whether their end
results were a success or a failure. This is because being an entrepreneur
takes tremendous amounts of courage and risks.
Hin Fung Lau
is the key to overcoming the fear of risk, and serves as propulsion to help
the individual maintain his
focus, and accept any potential failures as
successes. There is risk as well as opportunity for an employee who works in a
large corporation, so by definition that individual can also be an
entrepreneur. It’s a non-standard view of the employee/employer dynamic but one
that allows this student to maintain a mindset that keeps working "FOR” a company
lot of people try to be entrepreneurs and for most people it
just doesn’t work out the way they want. Good entrepreneurs stick to their
plans and keep trying to pursue their goals.
decision of an entrepreneur can affect the company, so an entrepreneur needs to
have a clear mind and be confident in his/her decisions. Sometimes, he/she
needs to be able to take some risks; it may bring something unexpected to the
company, maybe a good or a bad thing, who knows? But you have to be ready for
this, because an entrepreneur should seize every opportunity! Business is
changing so fast every day, so an entrepreneur should be able to catch up with
the trends and be positive.
their commands and guidelines, or help others pursue their ideas.
Some people don’t particularly enjoy the amount of responsibility an
entrepreneur has, and that scares them away from being in business
Bogusia Wojciechowska, PhD
Dean of Professional Studies
Bunker Hill Community College