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President Obama Proclaims National Entrepreneurs' Day During GEW

Nov 17, 2010

Presidential Proclamation Shines Light on Important Role Entrepreneurs Play in Building the Economy

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - The President of the United States and his Administration have sent a strong signal in support of the entrepreneurs who power the national economy. They announced November 19th as National Entrepreneurs' Day in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week. The effort to claim the day was spearheaded by the Grasshopper Entrepreneur Movement. The Kauffman Foundation is the U.S. organization behind Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from Nov. 15 to 21.

Senior members of the Administration will be attending Global Entrepreneurship Week events in Washington, DC, including The Policy Spotlight for Entrepreneurs, held today. The Administration also is blogging on the topic of entrepreneurship to showcase the important contributions entrepreneurs make to local communities and the nation as a whole.

"All Americans can play a role in increasing the prevalence and success of new start-ups," President Obama said in a statement. "Business leaders can mentor a budding entrepreneur who has an original idea and the will to execute, but could benefit from the guidance of an experienced owner or operator."

"One of the chief goals of Global Entrepreneurship Week is to connect would-be entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and mentors that propel them to start new firms, and in turn, create jobs," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship.

Now in its third year, Global Entrepreneurship Week brings together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination and ingenuity through local, national and global activities. Co-founded by the Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK, a business-led, government-backed campaign in the United Kingdom, it helps develop young people's knowledge, skills and networks to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises.

Later this month, on November 27, another day for entrepreneurs is being claimed: Small Business Saturday. While Black Friday drives traffic to big-box retailers and Cyber Monday encourages online shopping with national e-tailers, Small Business Saturday is a day that encourages consumers to think about small, independently owned stores while they are holiday shopping. Backed by American Express and a host of other non-profit and commercial organizations, Small Business Saturday was launched on November 8 by Kenneth Chennault, American Express CEO, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big and turn their ideas into reality. From November 15-21, 2010, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK. For more information, visit www.unleashingideas.org, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. In addition, the Foundation focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to advance students' math and science skills, and improve the educational achievement of urban students, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a college preparatory charter school for middle and high school students set to open in 2011. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on Twitter at @kauffmanfdn and Facebook.