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AESHM 474: Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences

Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences

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Rationale: Family and consumer Sciences curricular provide many opportunities for entrepreneurship and small business ownership in various product and service areas. In this course students will explore issues, challenges and opportunities related to entrepreneurship in areas such as apparel retailing, restaurants, hotel operations, and childcare. Issues related to family owned businesses, home-based businesses, and rural based enterprises will also be addresses. Independent business owners and industry representatives will serve as resources for panel discussions.

Course objectives:

  • Identify characteristics of entrepreneurs, environmental conditions which foster entrepreneurship, and the role of entrepreneurs in the broader economy.
  • Understand contributions of the family and Consumer Sciences profession to small business and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Assess motivations for starting a small business, success factors and failure rates associated with independent business ownership.
  • Evaluate personal and financial resources needed for starting a small business and sources of assistance for business start-ups. Identify funding sources that contribute to the capital base required for entrepreneurship.
Course Coordinator: Dr. Linda Neihm
Office: 1066 LeBaron
Office Hour: Tuesday 11am - 12 noon OR by appointment
Office Phone: 515 231-6157 OR leave message in AESHM Dept. Office, 515-294-7474
Graduate Assistant:

Zoe Schrumm

Steven McKinney

Teaching Assistant: Emily Schrimpf
Librarian: Prof. Jeffrey Kushkowski

150 Parks Library

Make an appointment with the link on the right or email me

Office Phone: 515 294-2408

Project Information - Spring 2020

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Jeffrey Kushkowski
Instruction & Information Services Coordinator
Business and Economics Librarian
150 Parks Library
Phone: 515 294-2408

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