The Small Business Institute Program" High Impact Entrepreneurship Education
Small, entrepreneurial, and family businesses have long been regarded as important contributors to the growth of a nation "s business activity and development. as well as a significant driving force in the nation "s overall economic health and stability. As such. business schools are becoming increasingly aware of the need to develop programs which are: I) tailored to the specific needs of students who represent the next generation of small, entrepreneurial, and family business owners; and 2) focused on the needs of the firm owners themselves. In recent years, business schools Worldwide have begun to develop, refine, and implement faculty-directed, student-based consulting programs as a teaching/learning tool in their undergraduate and MBA programs to address this dual need This paper traces the past, present and future path of one such program: the highly successful faculty-guided, student-based Small Business Institute™ (SB/) field case consultation program. The role of the Small Business Institute Directors' Association (SB/DA) is also discussed in terms of it role in facilitating the ongoing impact of entrepreneurship education as we head into the 2 I st century.
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