ERIC Number: ED498121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May-1
Reference Count: 23
Entrepreneurial Education: Creating a Usable Economic Community Base. Rural Research Report. Volume 15, Issue 8, Spring 2004
Williams, Lori E.
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
If small businesses are the engines of our economy, then entrepreneurs are the sparks that ignite those engines. This research report will explain how entrepreneurship education programs can help students create and establish their own business. The paper defines entrepreneurship education, outlines the major components of entrepreneurship programs, and highlights exemplary programs across the country and in Illinois. The dual purpose of this paper is to provide information to those interested in developing an entrepreneurship program and to suggest additional print and electronic resources that provide information and technical assistance for development of an entrepreneurship program. Noting that many rural youth will not attend college to learn a profession or skill that is in demand locally, the author advocates that entrepreneurship programs are especially important in rural areas because without new business opportunities, the long-term outmigration of residents will continue. Because rural areas often lack the resources, capital, and personnel to attract large businesses, the main employment growth must come from small business startups. Entrepreneurial education efforts, writes Williams, can make all the difference in creating these businesses.
Descriptors: Small Businesses, Research Reports, Rural Youth, Entrepreneurship, Trade and Industrial Education, Learning Modules, Instructional Development, Course Descriptions, Vocational Education, Vocational Training Centers, Models, Rural Economics
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Western Illinois University, 518 Stipes Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455. Tel: 309-298-2637; Fax: 309-298-2142; Web site: http://www.iira.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Illinois Inst. for Rural Affairs.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois