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Hone your competitive edge as an entrepreneurship major


Friday, July 20, 2012
Do you have an idea for a product or service that you think could change the way people work or play, travel or communicate? If you think you have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, you may want to consider entrepreneurship as your college major.

Entrepreneurs start up, grow and maintain all kinds of businesses. They own the convenience store down the street, the car wash that just opened in your neighborhood, and the restaurant that expanded into the adjoining storefront. However, a good idea will get you only so far in business. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, entrepreneurs should be creative, independent, resilient, driven and willing to calculate risks and learn from their mistakes.

While it is unlikely you can transform yourself into a risk-taker overnight, with help from a bachelor’s degree program focused on entrepreneurship you can develop the skills necessary to launch your own business. Some colleges and universities offer entrepreneurship as a college major while at other schools it is offered as a concentration for business majors.

Students who study entrepreneurship will take courses in accounting, marketing and finance, as well as those that focus on managerial skills, such as leadership, organizational behavior, human resources management, and commercial law. Other courses might include Web technologies and product design.

After graduating from an entrepreneurship program, you can join the ranks of small business owners who have received repeated praise from President Barack Obama.

In a 2011 presidential proclamation in which he recognized the contributions of small business to the competitiveness of the American economy, President Obama said, "From the mom-and-pop storefront shops that anchor Main Street to the high-tech startups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our nation’s promise."ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800823442-ADNFCR

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