For courses in Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management, and Starting a Business.
A Comprehensive, Practical Approach to Starting a Business
For fledgling entrepreneurs and business students, Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating A Small Businessuntangles the complex economic, financial, and professional considerations surrounding business ownership and operations.
In its Fourth Edition, Entrepreneurship takes a critical look at contemporary entrepreneurial successes, allowing students with a range of business interests to engage with and draw insight from the text. Balancing real-world case studies with thoughtful instruction, Entrepreneurship leads students to develop their business plans step by step, at the end of each chapter. This approach allows students to internalize different aspects of business ownership at a self-guided pace. The authors’ combined business acumen and educational expertise make for a fluid transfer of business concepts between text, instructor, and student. Students will relish the opportunity to start drawing up a business plan right away, enhancing their experience both in and out of classroom.
Steve Mariotti,founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), is considered one of today’s leading experts in education for at-risk youth. In 1982, he changed career paths when he decided to leave the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City public school system.
Mariotti’s first assignment was in the East New York section of Brooklyn, and his last was in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx. During his six-and-a-half years teaching, Mariotti discovered he could successfully motivate even his most challenging students by teaching them how to run a business. This experience inspired him to create a new kind of program--the first to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth.
In 1987, Mariotti founded The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Today, NFTE’s mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities around the world. NFTE’s programs have a proven track record of success, and the network is widely viewed as the thought leader in the field. NFTE is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2013, Mariotti traveled to Southeast Asia as a guest of the U.S. State Department on a mission to spread entrepreneurial education to youth from emerging economies in the region.
Mariotti was recently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work chronicling the lives of entrepreneurs worldwide forThe Huffington Post and for a Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in entrepreneurial education. A lifelong advocate for low-income students, Mariotti is the recipient of numerous awards including:
- Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce
- Association of Education Publishers’ Golden Lamp Award
- ACE/Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award
- America’s Top High School Business Teacher
In addition, Mariotti has been the subject of many national media profiles on such programs asABC Evening News and 20/20.
He has authored and coauthored 34 books and workbooks on entrepreneurship, selling over 10 million worldwide and distributing many more copies for free to at-risk communities, including prisons. His popular bookThe Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Small Business has recently been published in a new edition by Random House and is used to teach entrepreneurship from the United States to China, India, and the Middle East. Mariotti is a regular attendee and speaker at The World Economic Forum.
Raised in Flint, Michigan, Mariotti received his B.B.A in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College. He started his professional career as a treasury analyst for Ford Motor Company before founding his own company, Mason Import/Export Services.
Caroline Glackin, Ph.D., is a “pracademic” who has successfully worked as a microenterprise and small business owner and manager, as an executive director of a community development financial institution, and as an academic in areas of community development finance, entrepreneurship, and management. She is the Edward L. Snyder Endowed Chair for Business at Shepherd University in West Virginia. She has been assisting entrepreneurs in achieving their d