The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Business

July 23, 2013

Emmett Dulaney: Lessons from vacation

(Continued)

◆ It seems as if the role of mothers and entrepreneurs should be evaluated closer. Traditionally, when you think of entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses, there is a tendency to think of males and when you think of their support system you tend to think of their fathers. In stereotypes, it is the father who teaches them the basics of business, helps them get started, and encourages them to keep going when times are tough. But I have been talking to a lot of mothers lately: when trying to set up a horse-riding trip from several states away; when the kids at this summer’s business camp went to hear about the Tony Stewart foundation that helps charitable causes, and so on. The role of mothers in businesses needs to be examined more.

While some of these thoughts are commonsense, it sometimes takes encountering them to cement them in the proper perspective.

Emmett Dulaney is an Anderson resident and the author of several books on technology. His column appears Tuesdays.

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