never discount small business’ potential to develop entrepreneurs. yes, small business and entrepreneurship are different things: the former is usually about “lifestyle” businesses that provide a job; the latter is about high-growth ventures that want to scale opportunity.still, many successful entrepreneurs come via small business. they launch a business, realise they have a good concept, launch another and become an “accidental entrepreneur”. not every budding entrepreneur is a twenty-something, inner-city tech innovator.we need the right incentives and education programs to encourage small business owners to invest in their training. we need better linkages between universities, which have traditionally focused on big-business training needs, and small business.collaboration must extend to government and industry. more academic research on australian small business is needed. local government can play a bigger role because the future of “smart cities” will be based on communities of high-growth ventures in the suburbs.encouraging small business owners to invest in themselves won’t be easy. unlike employees in corporations, owners of small businesses do not have the luxury of paid training leave or employers partially or fully funding study costs.every dollar of tuition comes out of their pocket. every minute in a university lecture takes owners away from work and family. most founders do not need another degree (or one at all) to move up the ladder, get the...