Examining the Impact of Small Business Institute Participation on Entrepreneurial Attitudes

  • Michael L. Harris East Carolina University
  • Shanan G. Gibson East Carolina University
  • Sherrill R. Taylor Texas Women's University


Students enrolled in the Small Business Institute® (SBI) at six universities completed the Entrepreneurial Attitudes Orientation survey. A pre-test was administered during the first week of the semester followed by a post-test at the conclusion of the semester to determine if participation in the course affected students' entrepreneurial attitudes. Past research suggests that an "entrepreneurial perspective" can be developed in individuals, and that a primary focus of entrepreneurship education is the development of positive attitudes. Results strongly supported the notion that completion of the SBI course had a major impact on students' entrepreneurial attitudes. Furthermore, a significant interaction effect was found such that women's attitudes were significantly strengthened by completing the course.


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How to Cite
HARRIS, Michael L.; GIBSON, Shanan G.; TAYLOR, Sherrill R.. Examining the Impact of Small Business Institute Participation on Entrepreneurial Attitudes. Journal of Small Business Strategy, [S.l.], v. 18, n. 2, p. 57-76, may 2007. ISSN 2380-1751. Available at: <https://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jsbs/article/view/91>. Date accessed: 25 apr. 2019.