It might not be who you think!
If I say the word ‘entrepreneur,’ what comes to mind?
Hollywood and popular media may have influenced your perception. You might think that most entrepreneurs are brilliant college dropouts in their early 20s, pursuing revolutionary tech ideas and poised to make millions – whiz kids in the Bill Gates-Steve Jobs-Mark Zuckerberg mold.
In reality, most successful entrepreneurs are well-educated, 35 or older and faring better than most at creating jobs.
Companies founded by college graduates have twice the sales and workforce of those founded by those who didn’t go to college, according to research by Duke University’sCenterforEntrepreneurshipandResearchCommercialization.
The research also found that where entrepreneurs go to college, or what they choose to major in,isn’tasimportantasthedegreeitself, writes CERC research director and Washington Post blogger Vivek Wadhwa. “The greater the education of the founder,” Wadhwa writes, “the higher the business’ profits, sales and employment.”
If you want to put that college degree to better use — if you’re driven, smart and crave the control and fulfillment small business ownership can provide — now is a great time to look into franchise ownership.
Increasingly, successful entrepreneurs are former corporate workers and executives who have left their jobs, either by choice or layoff. Many have years of experience managing others but want greater control over their professional and financial futures. Franchise ownership has advantages corporate life can’t match; as local businesses, they keep profits in their communities, create jobs for local workers and accumulate value for their owners.
The Georgia Small Business Development Center knows that helping corporate workers open new franchise locations is a sure bet to create Georgia jobs, and they are not looking for college dropouts.
They want experienced workers to put their skills and management expertise to work in creating Georgia jobs. So they’ve teamed up with Leslie Kuban, a FranNet franchise consultant in Atlanta, to offer a series of 10 free seminars geared toward former corporate employees, retiring executives and returning veterans. These seminars give candidates valuable advice on how to research and select a business that fits their skills, personalities and finances.
The next seminar is Thursday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kennesaw State University SBDC offices.
If you think you might be the next entrepreneur to help create Georgia jobs, RSVP to 770-423-6450 or visit the link below to register for the seminar: