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Part 1: Entrepreneur Interview Paper

Locate a local entrepreneur to interview and write a reflection paper on your chosen person. You are required to submit a one-page biography of your entrepreneur in Week 3 that is worth 20 points. It is important: Be sure to start this assignment as soon as possible to insure that you find a suitable entrepreneur.

The purpose of this paper is to interview a local entrepreneur in order to develop insights into the world of entrepreneurship. At the end of the process, you will need to take the information and reflect upon the challenges and the rewards of being an entrepreneur.

  • What type of person becomes this type of risk taker?
  • What challenges did he or she face and overcome?
  • What failures did this person have?
  • How many companies has he or she started?
  • How successful is he or she?
  • Why is this person successful?
  • Why did he or she become an entrepreneur?
  • What is this person’s measure of success?
  • What did you learn about entrepreneurship from this interview?

This paper should focus on these types of questions but should not be limited to just the ones listed above. Get creative and get into the idea that you need to learn from this person so that you can better understand the challenges this business choice offers.

Guidelines

  • The biography paper must be no more than one page; you will turn this into the dropbox at the end of Week 3.
  • You must follow APA formatting guidelines.
  • Although this is not a scientific-type writing assignment and is mostly creative in nature, references are still very important. You must reference your interviewee. Be sure to look up how to cite an interview in APA style.
  • All DeVry University policies are in effect, including the plagiarism policy.
  • Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q & A discussion topic.

Milestones

  • During Weeks 1 through 3, select a person and conduct an interview. Decide who you are going to interview for the project, make arrangements for the interview, and conduct the interview.
  • In Week 3, submit an entrepreneur biography. In Week 3, you are required to submit a one-page biography in the dropbox.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I do not know anyone who is an entrepreneur or owns a small business. What do I do?

Find someone who owns a business (or who has owned a business in the past) in any industry, anywhere. You may have to get on the phone and make some calls. Tell him or her you are a college student and need approximately 30 minutes of his or her time. People are almost always happy to help a student. Have a backup in case your first choice for an interview has a conflict at the last minute. Conflicts and conciliation can happen, so it is best to be prepared.

  1. Do I have to do an interview?

Yes, a personal or phone interview with another person is required. Full contact information for the source should be provided in your paper for verification purposes.

  1. I do this work for my company, can I just talk about my experience?

No, see question 2 above.

  1. How do I cite a personal interview as a source reference?

See the APA Tutorial in the course Syllabus.

Grading Rubric:

Category Points % Description
Background Information 10 50% Ensure that you have a complete background of your entrepreneur. Key elements include company name, start date of company, key historic moments in company, and basic information on entrepreneur.
Grammar and Spelling 5 25% Insure your paper is well written. Grammar, spelling, and punctuation should be correct.
Organization and Cohesiveness 5 25% The paper is organized, and it tells the story of the entrepreneur. Writing is at the college level.
Total 20 100 A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

Part 2: Entrepreneur Reflection Paper

Expand upon the entrepreneur interview, and write a reflection paper on your chosen person. The entrepreneur reflection paper is worth 150 points and is due in Week 5. The purpose of this paper is to take the information from the interview and reflect upon the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur.

Guidelines

  • The paper must be 4 – 5 pages in length.
  • You must follow APA formatting.
  • Include a table of contents.
  • Even though this is not a scientific-type writing assignment and is mostly creative in nature, references are still very important. You must reference your interviewee. Be sure to look up how to cite an interview in APA style.
  • All DeVry University policies are in effect including the plagiarism policy.
  • Papers are due during Week 5 of this course and should be submitted to the dropbox.
  • Any questions about this paper may be discussed in the weekly Q & A discussion topic.
  • This paper is worth 150 total points and will be graded on quality of research topic, quality of paper information, use of citations, grammar, and sentence structure.

Milestones

  • During Week 5, write and submit your entrepreneur reflection paper. In Week 5, you will finish writing your paper (see next section). For APA format guidelines, please refer to the APA Tutorial in the Syllabus. Insure that the body of your paper, excluding cover page and sources, exceeds the minimum and that all of the assignment requirements have been met.

Best Practices

  • Cover Page: Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.
  • Table of Contents: List the main ideas and section of your paper and the pages where they are located. The illustrations should be included separately.
  • Introduction: Use a header on your paper. It will indicate that you are introducing your paper.

The purpose of an introduction or opening is to

  • introduce the subject and why the subject is important;
  • preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered; and
  • establish the tone of the document.

Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.)

  • Body of Your Report: Use a header titled with the name of your project (e.g., “The Development of Hotel X – A World Class Resort”). Then proceed to break out the main ideas: state the main ideas, state major points in each idea, and provide evidence. Break out each main idea you will use in the body of your paper. Show some type of division such as separate sections that are labeled, separate group of paragraphs, or headers. You would include the information you found during your research and investigation.
  • Summary and Conclusion: Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing, but summarizing presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report; minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the tourism industry.
  • Work Cited: Use the citation format as specified in the Syllabus.