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Venture Into Entrepreneurship


Venture Into Entrepreneurship Duquesne UniversityThe Duquesne University Small Business Development Center has introduced the Venture Into Entrepreneurship program that assists unemployed workers, who are in transition, in starting their own business. The Venture Into Entrepreneurship program uses consulting and training to assist individuals who want to transition from unemployment to entrepreneurship. This program will connect those who are unemployed, but are considering entrepreneurship as their next career move, with resources that will allow them to get their start.

Many people who become unemployed believe that entrepreneurship is a better choice for them versus the typical 9-5 job. They may have designed a product, have a marketable idea, or can provide a much needed service, but would like some professional help in getting their entrepreneurial venture off to the right start. They know that as an entrepreneur they will have many additional responsibilities, but also know that they will have the freedom to run their business the way they want. By providing access to professional consultation, The Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University helps those working toward entrepreneurship reduce the risks involved when getting started.

What Venture Into Entrepreneurship participants learn:
1) Register your business
2) Write a business plan
3) Marketing strategy for entrepreneurs
4) Create marketing materials
5) Understand social media
6) Prepare financial projections
7) How entrepreneurs seek out financing

More Information
This program is sponsored by Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center and is free for unemployed individuals who would like help starting their own business. Contact Doug Harding at 412-396-6084 or by email hardingd@duq.edu if you are interested in participating in this free program.

What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
Here are three traits that help define what creates a successful entrepreneur. Do you have what it takes?


Entrepreneur Characteristic: Creativity
Creativity is a necessary entrepreneur trait. Entrepreneurs don't limit their ingenuity by rules that others have placed on themselves. They find unique ways to work through, around, over, or under obstacles and accomplish their goals.

Entrepreneur Characteristic: Toughness
Toughness is an entrepreneur characteristic you've got to have. As an entrepreneur you will face let downs, challenges, and hurdles. However, successful entrepreneurs are tough enough to get back up when they get knocked down and keep working toward their goals.

Entrepreneur Characteristic: Persistence
Persistence is perhaps one of the strongest characteristics entrepreneurs possess. There are going to be plenty of people who don't understand an entrepreneur's passion for freedom and achievement. Those same people may strongly oppose what she is doing and try to stop her progress. Successful entrepreneurs persist through adversarial conditions even in the hardest times.


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