Interview of an Entrepreneur


The Assignment

The activities in this assignment are focused on you arranging and carrying out an interview of an entrepreneur from your community. This entrepreneur could represent a non- profit enterprise or a commercial one, and could be in manufacturing, retailing, or service industries.

You should schedule completion of the various phases over a three-week period.


The Requirements

Interview a local entrepreneur, If you are lucky, the person may be a member of your family or a friend, Follow the guidelines for the interview and write a report based on the interview.  The report should read like a newspaper or magazine story on an entrepreneur.  The report is to be 500- 700 words.  Focus on the most relevant and interesting information from the interview.  Do not try to get every piece of information from the interview onto paper.  The report should stress the interesting facts, not the mundane.  In addition, this report must be presented orally to the class in a 3-minute presentation.  The Assignment Checklist must be signed off at least twice by the teacher during the period of time between the start and submission of this assignment.  The checklist must also be handed in with the report.


Web Resources and links:

The Interview Process

Assignment Checklist

Possible Interview Questions (do not use them all, pick the ones you like best or make up your own).

Evaluation Rubric

Options to the Oral Report are:

  1. With the interviewee's permission, videotape the interview with the entrepreneur.  Present highlights of this interview to the class.
  2. Invite the entrepreneur to speak to the class for 15 20 minutes.  This option is limited to 2 or 3 students on a first come first serve basis due to time constraints.  The date of the speaker's visit must be approved by the teacher and must be reasonably close to the assignment due date.

Marks:  50 see Mark Rubric

Due:  TBA

Suggested time:

Interview: 20-40 minutes

Thank you note: 10 minutes Report: 3 hours.

Proof, layout and corrections: 30 minutes

Selecting an Interviewee

To identify and select an entrepreneur to interview, you could draw from one of the following possible sources:

  1. Relatives, friends, or acquaintances might be able to recommend someone they know whom they consider to be an entrepreneur.
  2. Most communities have business development agencies that deal with entrepreneurs on a regular basis. Perhaps you could write a letter, explaining what you require, and ask that a list of potential interviewees be supplied.
  3. Local newspapers are another possible source. Perhaps one student could be assigned to approach the newspaper person who handles the business news and ask about potential interviewees. Television and radio media members might also be able to help.


Follow the process in the attached link; "Interview of an Entrepreneur".