OPPORTUNITIES IN SMALL BUSINESS • • • • Unit 6, Part 4 Define a small business. Identify reasons why small businesses fail. Describe several sources of help for small-business owners. List characteristics of successful small-business owners. SMALL-BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES The term small business refers to a business that: Usually has the owner as the manager. Is not dominant in its field of operation. Employs fewer than 500 people. Usually is local, serving the nearby community. COMMON TYPES OF SMALL BUSINESSES Services 26.8% Retail 25.1% Construction 13.9% Wholesale 11.0% Manufacturing 10.2% F.I.R.E T.C.U. Other 7.2% 3.6% 2.2% SMALL-BUSINESS PROBLEMS Most common reasons for failure: Not keeping adequate records Not having enough start-up money Lack of sales and management experience Lack of experience with the type of business Not controlling operating expenses Poor location for the business Failure to manage payments due from customers HELP AVAILABLE BUSINESSES FOR SMALL Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Institutes (SBIs) SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Venture capital CHARACTERISTICS BUSINESS OWNERS OF Can do things on their own Have leadership abilities Can take charge of things Like to plan what must be done Are hard workers Are decision makers Can be trusted Are achievers Have good health YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS An entrepreneur is someone who takes a risk in starting a business to earn a profit. Entrepreneurship is the process of starting, organizing, managing, and assuming the responsibility for a business.