en·tre·pre·neur (ŏn′trə-prə-nûr, -nr)
A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture.
[French, from Old French, from entreprendre, to undertake; see ENTERPRISE.]
en′tre·pre·neuri·al·ism, en′tre·pre·neurism n.
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