Celebrating the People of Global Entrepreneurship Week
by Sean Greene, SBA Official
- Created: November 17, 2011, 2:54 pm
As a former entrepreneur, I know that it is the talent of the people with the big ideas and the ability to execute that will ultimately build a company and put it on a trajectory towards success. It is those dreamers and those doers that can transform our daily lives by the products they imagine and create or the services they share and provide. As we celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month and Global Entrepreneurship Week, I am inspired by the movement to celebrate entrepreneurship as an important means to create jobs and revive our economy.At the SBA, we’re doing some big things to provide more entrepreneurs with a platform to more easily start and grow their businesses. We have heard from over 1,000 of you and so we are championing several initiatives to remove unnecessary barriers. For example, from our very first listening session, we heard how burdensome student loans can be – and the President is acting on those suggestions now, such as by improving the terms on student loan repayment to recent graduates. We also know how difficult it can be to obtain capital, particularly in underserved areas, so the SBA launched an Impact Investment Initiative, which will provide matching capital to private funds committed to getting necessary growth capital to areas of the country and growing businesses in certain place-based and sector-based portfolio companies. And finally, entrepreneurs care most about obtaining customers. That includes the federal government, which is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services. Navigating the federal government should be easier for small businesses. So we’ve created centralized portals for small businesses looking for procurement, grant and other funding opportunities, whether you are a clean energy small business or an early-stage R&D business. It’s important that entrepreneurs of all backgrounds with the wherewithal, desire, patience, and tenacity to build American companies can do so. It is a cause we know is important to the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’m particularly pleased to see the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services moving forward with by implementing several Administrative improvements to assist high-skilled immigrants to stay in the U.S. and create good, U.S. jobs. Entrepreneurs do a lot for their companies – from technology solutions that make our lives easier to improving our health and education systems – and so it is great – and important – that the government salutes them this month, and this week.
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