Entrepreneurs are people who turn ideas into reality, charging directly into the headwinds to create something of value where there was no value before.
Entrepreneurs create value in many ways. They start new businesses and grow small companies into big ones. They bring innovative solutions to market and address social and community challenges. They turn their hobbies into side hustles, create our favorite shops on Main Street, and make the products and services we buy everyday. They pursue dreams. They feed their families. They create jobs.
They come from all different backgrounds. They represent a wide range of ages and educational experiences. They work across industries and professions. Indeed, anyone can be an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs drive progress.
Human history, in part, is the story of people turning concepts into innovations, sharing them with others, and raising standards of living for all. From the wheel to the airplane, from new restaurants to new nonprofits, each improvement changes our lives and allows other innovations to follow.
We celebrate entrepreneurs.
The twenty-first century brought significant changes to our economy and, with them, a resurgent interest in entrepreneurship, both in the United States and throughout the world.
We are celebrating and cultivating it in many new ways.1 For instance, many successful entrepreneurs today have celebrity status. Books, television, and movies tell their stories. Media follow entrepreneurs, covering their businesses but also their personal lives, investments, and philanthropy.
Society is looking for solutions...
Governments seek policies to nurture innovators, grow businesses, and lift up economies. Investors hunt for promising new companies to create wealth.
Community leaders search for the missing ingredient that will enable them to help more entrepreneurs succeed and lift their neighborhoods.
...because entrepreneurship benefits all of us.
Entrepreneurship empowers individuals, improves standards of living throughout a community, and creates jobs, wealth and innovation in the economy. In fact, most of the net new jobs in the U.S. are created by new and young companies.2