I was going to write this post a few weeks ago, but decided to wait. I was inspired after hearing Karen Kerrigan speak at a business luncheon in Baton Rouge, LA. She’s the CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, and listening to her that day got me thinking. I started taking notes and realized there were far too many topics for one post, so I’ve decided to make this a four-part series. This post (part one) will give an overview of the speech Ms. Kerrigan made at the luncheon, and the next three will cover the related topics: Women Entrepreneurs: Why don’t we think BIG, The Entrepreneur vs. the Job Creator, and Lifestyle of the Broke and Hopeless: What it Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur.
Part One: Lessons From An Entrepreneuraship Maven
My father was a businessman, and I remember even at a young age being fascinated by his work. Although I was very young when he passed away, I feel as though I inherited from him an innate business sense. Thus, it’s no wonder I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I’ve wanted to run my own business for as long as I can remember.
Sometimes I hear older, established businesspeople or career people talk about ‘entrepreneurs’ like the term itself is a joke. Maybe the perception has changed some now, but previously it was perceived as the new “it” word young people used to describe themselves when they were unemployed, and didn’t know what to do with their lives. Career-minded people don’t know how to react to someone whose plan is to try out as many jobs and “ideas” as it takes to find one that fits, with little concern for money. Maybe that’s part of the problem that older businesspeople have, it’s a “cool generational thing” that’s only temporary.
I go back and forth over whether to call myself an entrepreneur or not… maybe ‘businesswoman’ is more accurate? I feel like I’m very much both and maybe they are one in the same though I’m tending more and more toward ‘entrepreneur’. It fits my generation and me much better.
Getting back on track here… I was invited to hear Karen Kerrigan speak at a luncheon, and was truly inspired by her words. I am an entrepreneur! Not only that, but a woman and minority entrepreneur too, and that is something to be proud of!
As she reviewed the latest statistics from the employment industry, I was not surprised to learn that: