An individual who, rather than working as an employee, runs a small business and assumes all the risk and reward of a given business venture, idea, or good or service offered for sale. The entrepreneur is commonly seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

Entrepreneurs play a key role in any economy. These are the people who have the skills and initiative necessary to take good new ideas to market and make the right decisions to make the idea profitable. The reward for the risks taken is the potential economic profits the entrepreneur could earn.

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  • entrepreneur — entrepreneur, entrepreneurship There are at least four distinct meanings given to this term, which overlap only in part. At a basic level, an entrepreneur is a person who owns and runs a business not necessarily a new, small, growing, or… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • entrepreneur — ENTREPRENEUR, EUSE. subs. Celui, celle qui entreprend à forfait quelque ouvrage considérable, comme des fortifications, un pont, le pavé d une Ville, la fourniture des vivres, etc. etc. [b]f♛/b] Il se dit plus particulièrement d Un Architecte qui …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • entrepreneur — 1828, manager or promoter of a theatrical production, reborrowing of Fr. entrepreneur one who undertakes or manages, agent noun from O.Fr. entreprendre undertake (see ENTERPRISE (Cf. enterprise)). The word first crossed the Channel late 15c. but… …   Etymology dictionary

  • entrepreneur — Entrepreneur. s. m. Qui entreprend un bastiment, pour un certain prix. Un habile, un bon entrepreneur …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Entrepreneur — En tre*pre*neur , n. [F. See {Enterprise}.] (Polit. Econ.) One who takes the initiative to create a product or establish a business for profit; generally, whoever undertakes on his own account an enterprise in which others are employed and risks… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Entrepreneur — (fr., spr. Angl rprenöhr), Unternehmer; bes. Unternehmer von Bällen u. anderen auf gemeinschaftliche Kosten angestellten Vergnügen. [782] Entrepreniren, unternehmen. Entreprenant, unternehmend, kühn. Entreprise, Unternehmung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • entrepreneur — index merchant, speculator Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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