Mindes to Study Barriers to Entrepreneurship in Iowa

27 Oct 2021


AMES, Iowa – With an interest in rural and minority entrepreneurship, Sam Mindes hopes to identify the social determinants of self-employment in Iowa – and help more Iowans be successful.

Mindes was hired at Iowa State University in August as an adjunct assistant professor in rural sociology. Along with his teaching duties, he will conduct research related to self-employment and entrepreneurship for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“I want to find out what the barriers are to self-employment, to starting a business and staying in business and determine if people are being forced into self-employment or being pulled into self-employment,” said Mindes, who will serve both the Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Community and Economic Development branches of extension.

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