Entrepreneurship/Small Business

Why Entrepreneurship/Small Business at DCTC?

The Entrepreneurship/Small Business program at DCTC is at the forefront of entrepreneurial best practices. That's because DCTC was on the ground floor when e-ship education found its rightful place on two-year college campuses. Today, entrepreneurship is praised as a crucial element in restoring the U.S. and global economies. Better yet, entrepreneurs and small business owners now have more options and opportunities when they need to learn more about their chosen endeavor. Entrepreneurship/Small Business at DCTC is all about giving entrepreneurs the tools and skills they need to succeed.

10 Myths

Forbes recently debunked 10 myths surrounding successful entrepreneurs. DCTC entrepreneurship/small business graduate success stories align with the Forbes perspective:
  • Myth 1: To be a successful entrepreneur you must invent something truly novel.
  • Myth 2: Entrepreneurs are made, not born.
  • Myth 3: Entrepreneurs are introverted loners.
  • Myth 4: Entrepreneurs see business building as a path to riches.
  • Myth 5: Nothing succeeds like success.
  • Myth 6: Entrepreneurs are risk-taking gamblers.
  • Myth 7: You hate bosses. That’s reason enough to become an entrepreneur.
  • Myth 8: White-collar professionals don’t become entrepreneurs.
  • Myth 9: Men make better entrepreneurs than women.
  • Myth 10: With a great idea and enthusiasm, anyone can achieve entrepreneurial success.
To get more details, read the entire article, "10 Myths About Successful Entrepreneurs—Debunked."

Quick Facts

  • Instructor Bob Voss is a seasoned entrepreneur and small business owner with a vast range of knowledge and experience regarding what it takes to own and operate a successful business enterprise. In 2006, Voss was voted DCTC Outstanding Instructor of the Year; two years later, he won the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year Award; check out his bio.
  • This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL); seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward your e-ship certificate. Read More...
  • Small businesses employ 49.1 percent of private sector workers (Small Business Trends)
  • 59.1 percent of entrepreneurs were the first in their family to start a business (Wall Street Journal)
  • 70 percent of entrepreneurs used their own savings as their main source of funding (Wall Street Journal)
  • In the next 5 years, 37 percent of small businesses will have more than five employees (Entrepreneur)
  • 13 percent of U.S. adults are either starting a small business, or are a new small business owner (Coleman)
  • 69 percent of entrepreneurship is conducted at home (Coleman)
  • 16 percent of first-generation immigrants are either starting a small business, or are a new small business owner (Coleman)
  • In most states, somewhere between 50 percent and 60 percent of small businesses do not have websites; yet 97 percent of consumers look online for local products and services (Onepager)
  • 73 percent of small businesses are now using social media (AllTwitter)
  • Owners serve as the main marketers for 88 percent of small businesses (Natalie Gouche’)