Benjamin Branham, Edelman, 212-704-4577, Benjamin.Branham@edelman.com
Barb Pruitt, Kauffman Foundation, 816-932-1288, firstname.lastname@example.org
Movement supporters can now publicly express their support for the cause
(WASHINGTON and KANSAS CITY, Mo.) May 13, 2010 - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today unveiled the "Entrepreneur's Pledge," a new component of the Entrepreneurs' Movement that the Foundation launched last fall at www.BuildAStrongerAmerica.com. The Pledge went "live" before more than 500 entrepreneurs at the DC10 Summit Series, an invitation-only event in Washington this week for some of the nation's top young innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.
"The Entrepreneur's Pledge allows entrepreneurs to not only publicly express their enthusiasm for being a business owner, but also to show their support for entrepreneurship as a cause," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. "Entrepreneurs continue to be the key to our country's economic recovery because they are the primary source of new job creation. Introducing the Pledge only enhances the Entrepreneurs' Movement, which is aimed at giving entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories and amplify their voice."
The Entrepreneur's Pledge:
|| I am an Entrepreneur.
I am following a dream, pursuing an opportunity, taking charge of my own destiny.
I am bringing something of value to society, making a job for myself and for others, and creating wealth that benefits my family, my community, my country, my world.
I am one of a movement of millions of entrepreneurs and innovators who made America great, and who will continue to keep our economy going...and growing.
I am what I am because many people have helped me along on this journey.
I will tell my story, sharing my successes and failures, so that others taking the entrepreneurial path can learn.
I will strive to mentor an aspiring entrepreneur.
I will make my voice heard by those who make policy decisions that affect me and my business.
I will appreciate and celebrate my accomplishments, and the accomplishments of all my fellow entrepreneurs.
I will give back to the society that helped me to be successful.
I will Build a Stronger America.
Entrepreneurs can sign the Pledge and join the Movement at www.BuildAStrongerAmerica.com. The new Web site presents Pledge signers with the ability to promote their action through social media. Supporters also have the choice to receive weekly email updates about entrepreneurial initiatives and innovations and can share their stories and experiences about building their business through posting comments and videos.