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Redefine, reclaim, rethink entrepreneur
Julie Scheidegger
Senior Content Strategist, Public Affairs Kauffman Foundation
Matthew Long
Senior Video Producer, Public Affairs Kauffman Foundation
Matthew Pozel
Senior Multimedia Writer & Producer, Public Affairs Kauffman Foundation

Redefine, reclaim, rethink entrepreneur

It's time to rethink the word "entrepreneur" to include all the makers, doers, and dreamers who are as diverse and unique as the communities they call home and the businesses they create. #ZeroBarriers

As highlighted at Kauffman's ninth annual State of Entrepreneurship Address Feb. 28 in Washington, D.C., it's time to rethink the word 'entrepreneur' to include all the makers, doers, and dreamers, who are as diverse and unique as the communities they call home and the businesses they create – because they are the job creators. They are the innovators. And they don't fit into a single stereotype.

So, how can we reduce barriers to entrepreneurship to help the makers, doers, and dreamers? First, listen.

The Kauffman Foundation recently commissioned a national survey of entrepreneurs. Do they think it's easier or harder to start their own business compared to five years ago? To make their business profitable? To get funding? How many had the support of their family and friends, their community – their government? It's all in the report, plus much more.

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