Abstract

A growing stream of entrepreneurship research has explored the dynamics and characteristics of non-majority entrepreneurs. Despite considerable interest in non-majority entrepreneurship, in general, and entrepreneurship within the disadvantaged community, in particular, virtually no research has been conducted on entrepreneurship within the disabled community. This paper reports the findings of a study exploring the nature of entrepreneurial activities and proclivities within the deaf and hard of hearing community. It also seeks to explore the different between hearing and deaf entrepreneurs. A particular emphasis is placed on self efficacy and the impact of communications enabling technology in fostering new business creation.

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