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Entrepreneurship and 

Starting a Business


Confederation College

Entrepreneurship Series



Entrepreneurship and Starting a Business provides a comprehensive introduction to entrepreneurs and what they do, and is a must-read for anyone who has aspirations to start and run their own business. The book examines entrepreneurs, their values and behaviour, and factors that contribute to their success and failure. It also takes an in-depth look at how they spot business opportunities or come up with business ideas.


Entrepreneurs are very much the captains of their own ship and as such need to understand the managerial role that they must play in their new venture. The book provides an overview of this role and advocates a "damage control approach" to business start-up. Finally, the book includes a business opportunity assessment tool for use in analyzing and evaluating a business opportunity’s potential for commercial success.






Graham Clayton (Ph.D Cand.) is an economist, former small business owner and educator with an extensive background in the design and teaching of post-secondary business programs at Confederation College and in the USA, Caribbean and Ukraine. He has held a number of management positions at Confederation including Director, Centre of Entrepreneurship for the Northwest, and Director, Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and Electronic Commerce.


Jason Ozbolt (M.I.M.) is an international business specialist. As a former staffer at Confederation’s Northwest Enterprise Centre, he worked on a variety of entrepreneurship programs. Jason currently works in the Career Services Department and teaches some business courses.






SECTION 1: Becoming an Entrepreneur

SECTION 2: Different Types of Entrepreneurs

SECTION 3: Successful Entrepreneurs

SECTION 4: Why Businesses Succeed and Fail

SECTION 5: Entrepreneurship and the Individual

SECTION 6: The Business Idea

SECTION 7: The Damage Control Approach to Starting a New Business

SECTION 8: Basic Business Functional Areas

SECTION 9: Visualizing Your Business Operation

SECTION 10: Business Opportunity Assessment

SECTION 11: The Entrepreneurial Career Path – A Summary




Entrepreneurship and Starting a Business Confederation College Entrepreneurship Series, 110 pages, ISBN: 978-1-55270-090-7; softcover; published in 2002; Canadian $24.95.


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