Entrepreneurship Resource Center | Part 1
Part 1: Preface—how to use this center.
I always start my business ethics classes suggesting to the students that they all try their hand at creating a small business. And I make the same suggestion to philosophy majors. My justification to them is simply this. While most new businesses fail (half of them in the first five years, two-thirds of them in the first ten years), if you succeed, you may make a small fortune which will pay your way through school, and allow you to continue on to graduate school as well—without having to run up a huge pile of student loan debt. You may even create a large fortune—remember, most hugely successful big businesses started as small ones (often started by college students)—Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft come to mind here. And even if you fail, you will at least learn a lot about people in general and yourself in particular. This can help you when you try again—most entrepreneurs fail several times before they succeed in building a viable business.
However, many students rightly ask how someone starts a small business. This resource center is something I have put together to assist students (and anyone else who might be interested). Some of the sources I have found useful are:
I have organized this center into links to written sites, and links to video presentations.