Person-Ventured Entrepreneurship: A L.O.V.E. Story
Over the next four issues, Minerva & Nelson Santiago from Picasso & Einstein invite you to learn about “Person-Ventured” Entrepreneurship.
This article will demystify the erroneous concepts of entrepreneurship and clarify the many benefits of keeping a business venture simple and small, or Micro! It will also include what language to use when writing an executive summary for a micro-enterprise. We invite you to take the CHALLENGE and write your Executive Summary.
How do you define entrepreneurship?
Webster’s dictionary ghastly defines it as “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss.” That definition in itself may lead one to believe that someone who pursues traditional employment risks no loss at all. We prefer Robert Herjavec’s definition of entrepreneurship; “creating the tangible from the intangible.”
Regardless of which definition has a stake hold in your mind, no one can deny that entrepreneurship has been the historic backbone of our nation’s eco-system, and continues to drive innovation worldwide.
So what does entrepreneurship have to do with disabilities? EVERYTHING!
Our current unemployment rate nationwide is steadily between 6-7%*. Our national disability unemployment statistics are double that at 13.4%*. What does that mean? Over 8,000,000* adults with disabilities are unemployed in this country alone. Yet the U.S. has only created 2.6 million new jobs this year**, all of which are heavily sought after by millions of non-disabled Americans. With so many of our loved ones with disabilities, either unemployed, etched into jobs that we ourselves would not seek out, and other’s even less fortunate with no employment opportunities at all, it’s a wonder why we continue to invest trillions of dollars in job coaching, employment skills and resume writing for jobs that either don’t exist, are highly competitive or outright humiliating.
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