International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship
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International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship

Edited by Léo-Paul Dana and Robert B. Anderson

The comprehensive and thoroughly accessible International Handbook of Research on Indigenous Entrepreneurship aims to develop a multidisciplinary theory explaining entrepreneurship as a function of cultural perceptions of opportunity. The Handbook presents a multitude of fascinating, superbly illustrated studies on the facets of entrepreneurship amongst indigenous peoples.
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Chapter 30: Mohawk First Nations: Successes and Challenges of Small Business Owners

Terri R. Lituchy, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas O'Connell and Ronald J. Abraira


Terri R. Lituchy, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas O’Connell and Ronald J. Abraira Canadian Aboriginal entrepreneurs: successes and challenges of small business owners Entrepreneurship has increasingly been at the forefront of political discussions on the state of economic development for Aboriginal people in Canada over the last 20 years. Key institutions such as Aboriginal capital corporations, community economic development organizations and local human resources development agencies have provided much of the direct and indirect support for the growing focus on entrepreneurship. In addition, Aboriginal Business Canada has been the long-term business development of Industry Canada specifically geared towards Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal Business Service Network and many other support programs have sprung up to provide access to information, training and financial resources to help further develop and promote Aboriginal entrepreneurship. Owing to these continued efforts and the lack of conventional employment accessibility, many Aboriginal people have been turning towards self-employment as a strategy for economic survival in Canada as well as other countries (Peredo et al., 2004). Not surprisingly, efforts towards economic capacity building in the form of entrepreneurial activity have found successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of this chapter is to research the successes and difficulties of Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Specifically we examine the personality characteristics and business skills that have been found to lead to successful entrepreneurs and observe how they apply to this unique cultural group within Canada. For reference purposes, Aboriginal people in Canada are made up of Status Indian, Inuit and...

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