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Our Mission

The Department of Arts Entrepreneurship at SMU seeks to equip its creatively minded students with entrepreneurial skills so that they increase their chances of sustainable income and so that graduates serve as the principle driving force Continue reading

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Interview with Elizabeth Martin, Entrepreneur

Interview with Elizabeth Martin, Owner of Resilience Road Productions

By Sara Carraway

SC: Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

EM: No, I actually didn’t have a formal business plan when I started my business. I more or less had to form my production company quickly and out of sheer need. Once I graduated and went to work in the film and television industry, I had Continue reading

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Interview with Nicole Stewart, Arts Entrepreneur

Did you have a business plan when you established your business? How did you go about starting your business?

No, but I did have concepts about the cost and possible revenue to maintain the theatre. At the beginning, I used my personal contacts to reach out to the community and adopt Facebook as our Continue reading

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Interview with Danielle Deraleau, Entrepreneur

Interview with Danielle Deraleau, Owner of Danielle Deraleau Photography

By Sara Carraway

SC: Did you have a business plan when you started your business? 

DD: Not exactly. I kind of figured it out as I went along (how much to charge, how to pay my assistant, etc.) I took a lot of Continue reading

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Interview with Lucy Dang, Entrepreneur

Did you have a business plan when you established your business? How did you go about starting your business?

I started my business in the spring of 2011. At that time I had a loose business outline but by the end of 2011, with the help of my business partner Blanca Renteria, we then had an Continue reading

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Interview with Ryder Richards, Entrepreneur

Did you have a business plan when you established your business? How did you go about starting your business?

No, not to be an artist or gallerist. I simply found Continue reading

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Interview with Tom Sheahan, Entrepreneur

Tom Sheahan, Founder: Red Oxygen – developer and distributor of enterprise SMS software applications and services.

  1. Did you have a business plan, or any type of plan written down, when you started your business?  

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Interview with Entrepreneur Mike Moussa

Mike Moussa, Founder: PartSnap – 3D Printing and Product Development

Did you have a business plan, or any type of plan written down, when you started your business?  

“I did not have a business plan.  I did work out some pricing and revenue schemes to know how busy the 3D printers needed to be in order to be profitable.”

Do you think that business plans are necessary for entrepreneurship? Why or why not?

“I do not think business plans are necessary for a lot of entrepreneurial ventures.  Tech ventures or Continue reading

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