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Creating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

By Marie Johns, Former Deputy Administrator
Published: May 13, 2011 Updated: February 11, 2016

All of us at SBA know that America’s future prosperity depends on the next generation of entrepreneurs. That’s why I’m committed to making sure our young people have the resources to start a businesses, and teaching them that entrepreneurship can be an option early in their careers. I’m excited to be heading up a new effort at the SBA to reach young entrepreneurs and make our resources work for their needs.

To kick-off our young entrepreneurs initiative, I want to hear from you. On Tuesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m., I’ll be joining Kalpen Modi of the White House Office of Public Engagement for YES: Young Entrepreneurship Summit.

We’re sitting down with a group of young entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss what tools young people need to start and grow businesses, and how SBA can help. The town hall style event will give us a chance to interact with some of the brightest and most promising of America’s young people. We want to learn how SBA can improve our outreach and better serve young entrepreneurs—we have a lot tools in our toolbox, but we know we can do more.

I hope you’ll get involved. The event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, will be livestreamed at You can also follow along on twitter with #YESnyc, and submit your own questions to @SBAgov.

About the Author:

Marie Johns

Former Deputy Administrator

Marie Johns is a former Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. 


You know how we learn economics in high school? I think they should have an entrepreneurial class in high school. A lot of kids would enjoy that.
You're very right in your approach. Young entrepreneurs are so important for the future of the US.
I like the approach you're taking here because I do think that people need to think about starting a business when they are young. Otherwise people tend to move into a secure profession for example which covers the mortgage and a potentially successful business man or woman is lost.
This sounds like a great event! I look forward to catching you online :)

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