/ Asked by John
After graduating from Georgia Tech in 2018, I want to become an entrepreneur in my rural, poor hometown in order to ultimately improve the socioeconomic and educational standards. I think the best way to do this is to open more middle-class positions, so I am strongly considering the manufacturing sector. What type of manufacturing could I do with my abilities and the town's resources?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, March 24, 2016
This is a very noble desire! I will admit I am in no way well-versed in this area, but I do have a few suggestions as to who you could talk to who may be able to help. First, consider speaking with the city council/mayor to see what ideas they might have for the future of the town. Second, consider speaking with a professor at Georgia Tech who teaches entrepreneurship courses to see what advice they have (you may even consider adding a business major or minor to prepare for the future). Finally, I recommend you research case studies of similar towns who have had success in this, so you learn from their processes. 

Best to you!  
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, March 24, 2016
I commend your desire to support your hometown and look for ways to work towards filling socioeconomic gaps in struggling communities. 

Being an entrepreneur typically means finding a new product, new process, new way of seeing an old problem...you get the idea.  So what are the needs of the community you want to serve?  What infrastructure is already in place (whether it is working or not) and what fuels the success or failure of the current economy. 

You have a few years of school left.  Perhaps you can use some of that time to volunteer in your community, network and make inroads into how and where you can be of the most use. 

Wanting to be an agent of positive change is never an unworthy pursuit.  Just take it in bite sized pieces that are realistic and are part of a well thought out, researched, discussed plan.  Good luck!
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
I applaud you for wanting to make a difference! There are so many options, however I would start with, what is your passion?  Let's say it's about the environment and you decide you want to build a greenhouse that grows sustainable food for the community, while bringing thousands of jobs to the area.  It's important that you follow a true passion, this will allow you the opportunity to go beyond a job, this will become a labor of love!  Once you have the idea, build a business plan and take it to a professor, community leader and get their insight and opinions and then continue to research, and strenghten your plan. You may even want to build out a small "pilot" or project to test your theories and perhaps even bring in some partners or investors.  By the time you are ready to graduate you will be on your way to making this a dream come true and will make a major impact in  your community.  Good Luck
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