Institutional Case Studies on Necessity Entrepreneurship

Institutional Case Studies on Necessity Entrepreneurship

Edited by Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson

An estimated one billion individuals in both developed and developing nations can be defined as necessity entrepreneurs; individuals who have no other viable option for licit income than to start a small, income generating activity. However, the emphasis on providing business and leadership training to necessity entrepreneurs is only just gaining traction. This book provides the first-known global analysis dedicated exclusively to organizations from both the public and private sectors that are specifically involved with microenterprise education for necessity entrepreneurs. The authors provide a pragmatic synopsis and evaluate the efficacy of the programs that have been, currently are, or will soon be teaching and/or training necessity entrepreneurs around the globe.

Chapter 3: Pete Suazo Business Center

Gladys Gonzalez, Robert Heyn and Jessica Pino

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, family business, development studies, social entrepreneurship


The Pete Suazo Business Center (PBSC) offers business training to minority individuals living in Utah. Students who demonstrate a high commitment to their business education may become eligible for a micro-loan of US$5,000 or less which can help them acquire what they need to get their business started more quickly. Over the years, PBSC has helped hundreds of Hispanics and other minority individuals to create their own enterprise. Today, PBSC stands on the west side of Salt Lake City as a witness of what it means to live the American Dream achieved through hard work, integration to Utah’s society, generosity of donors and trust in God.

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