PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2018) – David Snow, D.M., director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville office, director of the SBI program, director of business competitions and associate professor of business at the University of Pikeville-Coleman College of Business, has been published in the latest issue of the Small Business Institute Journal.
The article titled, “Entrepreneurship Elsewhere: Examining the Entrepreneurial Characteristics of Eastern Kentucky Adolescents” is based upon research conducted by Snow and Justin Prater, assistant director of the Kentucky Innovation Network office at UPIKE. The research indicates Eastern Kentucky high school seniors possess low levels of entrepreneurial attitude and the supporting factors of creative tendency, need for achievement and calculated risk-taking. Data collected also shows as many as 54 percent of Eastern Kentucky seniors plan to leave the region after graduation to pursue education and careers with no intention of returning.
Snow, who teaches the subject at the collegiate undergraduate and graduate levels, advocates for the creation of high school entrepreneurship programs across the region to make long-term improvements in entrepreneurial attitude and contribute to home-grown economic development. He organized the regional high school entrepreneurship program for the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) and taught it for two years. Last fall he organized the entrepreneurship education component for the Coal Education Development Resource’s (CEDAR) high school education program.
“The young people of eastern Kentucky are hard-working and creative. They have the potential to be highly entrepreneurial,” said Snow. “The students I have worked with have developed very innovative business ideas. They simply need the exposure to the curriculum and knowledgeable leadership to provide guidance.”