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An entrepreneur is an individual who undertakes the responsibility of creating and organizing a new business venture to bring an idea, good, or service to market. Successful entrepreneurs employ critical business knowledge and skills to create a business and effectively overcome challenges that face their establishment. Consequently, entrepreneurs also assume the risk and accountability associated with establishing a business venture. Statistics demonstrate that even innovative small businesses suffer high risk of failure because of ineffective management decisions.
The purpose of the Business Management Entrepreneurship Certificate is to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the fundamental business knowledge and skills to create, organize and manage a viable business venture.
Students completing the certificate in Entrepreneurship are able to combine the credits earned to complete an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree to satisfy their individual career goals.
According to the most recent county census statistics, private nonfarm employment increased 17.5% between 2000 and 2006 with over 69,000 county residents employed by small private firms.
At the state level, small firms employed 53.3% of the state's non-farm private labor force in 2004, which was above the national average. Research conducted by the Office of Advocacy estimates that 97.7% of employer firms in Maryland are small businesses.
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