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Contemporary Microenterprise

Contemporary Microenterprise

Concepts and Cases

Edited by Joseph Mark S. Munoz

While there have been numerous books and articles written on the popular topic of ‘microfinance’, few books have been written on the business model behind it: the ‘microenterprise’. Due to its diversity of thought and high quality of chapter contributions, this book is poised to be the book on ‘microenterprises’. Contemporary Microenterprise is a collage of the latest research and viewpoints on the subject by recognized academics and experts from around the globe.

Chapter 18: Sponsorship Practice at the Small Business Level: An Applied Perspective

J. Terence Zinger and Norm O’Reilly

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, international business, development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics


J. Terence Zinger and Norm O’Reilly1 INTRODUCTION In recent years, there has been dramatic growth in the use of sponsorship as a marketing vehicle. Total sponsorship spending in North America (including the arts, sporting events, festivals, and cause marketing) has escalated from $10.25 billion in 2003 to $16.78 billion in 2008 (IEG, 2009). Not surprisingly, the sponsorship discussion tends to be dominated by multimillion-dollar sponsorship deals, global sponsors, and mega-events (ISM, 2009). However, does the emergence of sponsorship as an integral part of the marketing mix have direct implications for smaller firms, where marketing practices have a tendency to be informal and less comprehensive than those of their larger counterparts (Coviello et al., 2000)? Moreover, how are sponsorships utilized by microenterprises, where marketing is often opportunistic in nature and reflects the preferences and background of the respective entrepreneur (Zinger and LeBrasseur, 2003)? Much of the previous research in this area has focused on the experiences of larger corporations (Arthur et al., 1997) or, in the case of small business sponsors (where there has been little research interest), has treated small enterprises as homogeneous entities (Mack, 1999). An extensive review of the sponsorship literature (Walliser, 2003) revealed no significant content related to small enterprises. Hence, the purpose of this chapter is to improve our understanding of how microenterprises and other small enterprises approach sponsorships. This presentation of the results of a specific research study provides an applied perspective on this topic. The research project described in the following sections will provide...

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