What is…an entrepreneur?

By Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support

What the heck is an entrepreneur anyway?  Well according to Merriam-Webster it is a noun; “one who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise”.  Synonyms for entrepreneur range from administrator, executive, and businessperson to inventor, maker and producer.  The title or label of entrepreneur is somewhat overarching and relatively vague in definition.  As a result, it often means different things to different people.

Some may consider an entrepreneur as the person that comes up with the “great idea”.  This may be true, but it is not the hard and fast rule.  People can be innovative and “think up” a lot of good ideas; but if they are not acted upon, that’s all they are, just ideas.  Entrepreneurs are doers, they take action and move that “great idea” (theirs or someone else’s) forward, giving it value in the process.

Entrepreneurship is not something you do because you have an idea. It’s about having the creativity to question, the strength to believe and the courage to move.” – Jordan Fliegel, American Serial Entrepreneur

The action of creating value takes risk, grit, optimism, persistence and passion.  This list is just the beginning of a long and diverse list of characteristics you will find in entrepreneurs.  So as the Director of Entrepreneur Support with the BEDC, how can I begin to assist this varied group of individuals?

I consider active listening paramount to supporting entrepreneurs.  Hear their story, understand where they are in the process, and take note of which resources to connect them with.  As the one-stop-shop for entrepreneurs, we provide numerous services and resources such as startup assistance, market research, advice and mentorship, education and training, networking efforts, funding opportunities, available sites database and the MAKERSPACE.  This dynamic support structure provides a platform from which the entrepreneurs can take action as well as a conduit to other community resources and opportunities.

So, no matter how you define entrepreneur or if you consider yourself one of the synonyms, BEDC is ready to help you take that “great idea” and act on it!

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