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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Entrepreneurs and Growth Opportunities

Visa USA and SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education recently published the results of a survey in which they found:

  • Sole proprietors, who make up three-fourths of all small businesses, lack the time and resources to focus on generating new business
  • 35% of sole proprietors say their primary challenge in maintaining and growing a small business is an inability to focus on generating new business
  • 27% cite stretching themselves across multiple roles and projects.
  • Other challenges mentioned by sole proprietors included:
    - limited resources (23%)
    - lack of time to focus on their passions (23%)
    - difficulties in running their businesses efficiently (23%)
  • 52% said that with the help of an additional employee, generating new business would become a focal point and personal priority

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