Title

Comparing Military Veterans, Responses and Civilians' Responses to an Entrepreneurship Education Program

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Journal of Entrepreneurship Education

Publication Date

2016

School

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business

Department

Department of Business Administration

Abstract

With veteran unemployment rates in the U.S. higher than civilian rates there has been growing support for assisting military veterans starting businesses. This study compares the impact of a community entrepreneurship training program for civilians and military veterans. Cohort groups (2012-2014) were scored with pre/post surveys in the areas of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and passion as well as networking frequency. Military participants' passion scores were significantly higher than civilians as were their percentage of actual business launches during and within one year of the program. Findings contribute to the strategy of how entrepreneurship programs can change attitudes and behaviors that influence startup as well as revealed information regarding veterans pursuing entrepreneurship.