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ERIC Number: ED439892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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What Rural Entrepreneurs Tell Us about Entrepreneurial Training Needs.
Gold, Veronica
Research indicates that adolescents with disabilities need high-quality transitional programs to make the transition to work and independent living, and that barriers inherent in rural areas and schools make service delivery for transition extremely difficult. Current employment patterns suggest that small rural businesses and rural entrepreneurs could provide important and appropriate training sites for rural students with mild disabilities. To explore this possibility, 50 small business owners in rural northwest Ohio were interviewed about the factors that led them to start their business; resources required to start the business; math, reading, and social skills important in the business; and the role that entrepreneurs should assume in training students to operate a small business. Results suggest that: (1) the academic skills required for job performance fall within the range of abilities of students with mild disabilities; (2) the training sites offered by rural small business owners reduce rural geographic barriers; (3) start-up costs of the small businesses were minimal; (4) selection of small businesses as training sites is more cost effective for the school system than in-school training; (5) small businesses add economic and social value to rural communities; and (6) small business ownership is a growing trend with potential to enhance the economic, personal, and social fulfillment of adolescents with mild disabilities as they transition to adult life. (Contains 12 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio