Kirk: Are you kidding me, Marnie? That guy?!
Marnie: That guy is an en-tre-pre-neur.
Kirk: Well, Ron owns a Pizza Hut.
Marnie: That’s a business.
Kirk: It’s not even a real Pizza Hut! It’s a Pizza Hut Express!
-She’s Out of My League
In some segments of society, the term “entrepreneur” is a not-so-discreet code for drug-dealer or, apparently, a Pizza Hut Express owner. Despite this, it seems that everyone wants to call themselves an entrepreneur- or better yet, a social entrepreneur.
In my opinion (and Mr. Webster’s), you can’t call yourself an entrepreneur unless you actually own and operate a business (whether it’s legal or not is a different question!). Having a great idea does not make you an entrepreneur. Supporting other entrepreneurs (well a very good thing to do) does not make you an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurial, perhaps.
But now that I do co-own and co-operate a business, can I call myself one?!