By Sharon Schweitzer
America thrives on entrepreneurs – visionaries who start from scratch and turn dreams into reality. Fueled by ambition, they identify needs, create solutions, and build companies that not only provide jobs but also generate wealth.
All of the products that have become essential in our daily lives were once just a prototype in some budding entrepreneur’s mind. This day celebrates those go-getters, and inspires people to be entrepreneurs themselves, and start their own businesses – especially those that are part of the next generation!
The word Entrepreneur comes from the French “entreprendre” which means “to undertake”. An Entrepreneur is someone who envisions, creates and runs a new business, thus creating opportunities for others.
The idea of National Entrepreneurs’ Day came to David Hauser and Siamak Taghaddos in 2010. These two were entrepreneurs themselves who founded Grasshopper.
Hauser and Siamak did not understand why, in a country that values entrepreneurship as much as America, there still wasn’t a day to celebrate those who build businesses from nothing. They started petitioning for signatures to present a proposal for this National holiday with the government.
Finally, their wish came to fruition six months later, on November 15, 2010, when President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring the last day of National Entrepreneurship Week as National Entrepreneurs’ Day.
President Obama’s aim with proclaiming National Entrepreneurs’ Day a national observance was to boost small businesses and encourage their growth, and to have the government put policies in place that benefit start-up businesses as a way to create more jobs in America, thus ensuring economic growth.
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Sharon Schweitzer JD, is a diversity and inclusion consultant, cross-cultural trainer, etiquette expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she is an attorney and mediator. Sharon served as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, won a coveted Kirkus Star, and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books. She’s a winner of numerous awards, including the British Airways International Trade Award at the Greater Austin Business Awards.
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