-- based on Gallup data; it's an important book that challenges conventional wisdom and sheds greater light on what advances entrepreneurship
-- has broad applications beyond Nebraska
This book investigates the vital role of entrepreneurship in the Nebraska economy. It presents the business and economic conditions that affect entrepreneurship in both the short and long run. Using Gallup’s extensive survey findings, it reveals the attitudes of small business owners and the general public about such topics as starting a business, entrepreneurship education, economic development, and business transition and succession. These entrepreneurial conditions and attitudes are examined in different regions of Nebraska to provide an in-depth understanding of the climate for entrepreneurship. The final chapter of the book describes actions that can be taken to maintain the state’s dynamic and competitive economy to foster growth, job creation, and expanded wealth and philanthropy. This book’s scope and comprehensive analysis can serve as a model for any state to use to advance its entrepreneurship.
Eric C. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Bureau of Business Research in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has conducted dozens of studies on economic growth and development in Nebraska and is the author of numerous journal articles on economic growth and development in local and state economies.
William B. Walstad is John T. and Mable M. Hay Professor of Economics in the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has written many research articles on entrepreneurship and is the co-author of four books on entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneur in Youth (2007), The New Female Entrepreneur (2005), The “E” Generation (2000), and Seeds of Success (1999).