Scot Atkins


Abstract The number of deaf people owning a business has increased exponentially over the years, making this a worthy subject for exploration and research. Especially in today s economy, entrepreneurship, or the process of establishing and maintaining a business venture, has become a viable career option for many deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Insights will be offered from the author's phenomenological research on the lived experiences of deaf entrepreneurs and business owners. Unique themes have been found in this study, and topics relevant to professionals in their support of deaf consumers in the creation of their business ventures are discussed.