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Though some critics say this is not the role of state government, Rhode Island sees it as a way to keep young entrepreneurs from moving to other states, where land may be cheaper.
Her 31-year old son Drew was the youngest of her three sons, an entrepreneur with a cold brew coffee business in Charleston, South Carolina.
Later, the libertarian ideologies of Silicon Valley celebrated the anarchic entrepreneur as a force disrupting stable corporate hierarchies.
The company established the founders as dashing young entrepreneurs but was chronically short of cash.
But food truck operators argued that the city's proximity rule stymied local entrepreneurs who were trying to enliven the community.
Along with a few millionaire fishermen—acolytes include entrepreneur Toby Rowland (husband of Plum Sykes) and Evgeny Lebedev (newspaper mogul and London socialite)—the Russian far east attracts hardcore heli-skiers and wildlife connoisseurs.
Keen to hawk their wares within its bounds are the country’s biggest businesses and its most outrageous hucksters (including one entrepreneur arrested for painting stray dogs and selling them as pedigree chums).
Democratic voters are picking a candidate for governor among six candidates, including billionaire entrepreneur J.B. Pritzker, Kenilworth developer Chris Kennedy and Evanston state Sen. Daniel Biss.
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The Characteristics of an entrepreneur
You might well wonder whether entrepreneur simply means “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money” or whether it carries an additional connotation of far-sightedness and innovation. The answer, perhaps unsatisfyingly, is that it can go in either direction.
Entrepreneur has been in used in English to refer to a kind of businessman since at least the middle of the 18th century, when it appeared in translation of the King of Prussia’s instructions for his generals (“. . . if the country happens not to abound in forage, you must agree with some Entrepreneur for the quantity required.”). During the 19th century, it was also used of a go-between or a person who undertakes any kind of activity (as opposed to just a business).
By the early 20th century entrepreneur appears to have taken on the connotation of go-getter when applied to an independent business owner, a quality that may also be found in the phrase entrepreneurial spirit, which began being used at about the same time.
ENTREPRENEUR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of entrepreneur for English Language Learners
: a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money
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