What is the difference between an entrepreneur and a small business owner/manager?

By Anonymous (not verified), 24 October, 2009

I hope this gets the support it deserves. There is an undoubted need for skills development in the SME arena in South Africa, as many efforts have failed.

I think the biggest contributor to this failure has been the fact that there appears to be no distinguishing between small business ownership/management and true entrepreneurship. There training requirements are similar in certain respects but simultaneously vastly different in other areas.

Take the classic example of a small business owner/manager - the franchisee. He has no control over strategy and marketing (including pricing)as that is the role of the franchisor. Yet they are able to make good profits and run a profitable business. The bulk of the population tends to fall into this category. Yet we try to make them entrepreneurs.



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