November is National Entrepreneurship Month in the United States, a time to celebrate the entrepreneurs who serve their communities and bolster the American economy. On November 15th, we also celebrate National Entrepreneur’s Day. In addition, during the week of November 14-20, we recognize the American spirit of entrepreneurship abroad by celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-20).
Starting today and running through Sunday, November 20th, I will expand my focus at Acceler8Success Café on entrepreneurship as a way of celebrating National Entrepreneurship Month and related activities.
I will also promote various levels of entrepreneurship including but not limited to small business, franchising, startups, and restaurants. As well, I will share insight and perspective on entrepreneurship and its expanding reach into various demographic groups.
Considering current challenges and economic uncertainty – and dare I say, recession – entrepreneurship as a path toward recovery will be addressed. After all, a recent article at Forbes.com, A Recession Provides Opportunity for Growing A Business provided insight that recessions are a great time to start a new business. Throughout history, recessions have been a driving force behind the creation of innovative and successful companies.
A Proclamation on National Entrepreneurship Month, 2022
According to the Proclamation at WhiteHouse.gov, during National Entrepreneurship Month, we celebrate the doers, dreamers, and job creators whose vision and grit fuel our economy and capture the essence of America.
Starting and owning a business has always been a key path to the American Dream — a way to build wealth, serve your neighbors, and leave a mark in a community and on the world. Requiring risk-taking and daring, entrepreneurs faced additional challenges during the pandemic and the economic crisis that it created. Two years ago, hundreds of thousands of small businesses closed, while others struggled to find workers and stock their shelves. But as we have recovered, Americans have responded with entrepreneurial spirit, seizing the opportunity to build new businesses and launch new careers.
National Entrepreneur’s Day
According to NationalToday.com, in 2010 entrepreneur Siamak Taghaddos started a petition to create a National Entrepreneur’s Day. He didn’t understand how America, though considered the most entrepreneurial country in the world, didn’t already have a day dedicated to recognizing entrepreneurs. Six months and thousands of signatures later, President Obama proclaimed the last day of 2010’s National Entrepreneur Week as National Entrepreneur’s Day.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
NationalDay.com also references Global Entrepreneurship Week as a global celebration of entrepreneurship that occurs in the second week of November, from November 14–20 this year. During this week, people from various countries worldwide come together through local, national, and global events to create solutions for worldwide economic growth.
So, as we move forward to celebrate entrepreneurship, let’s start with an understanding of how entrepreneurship has played a pivotal role in our nation going back to 1776.
Thomas Paine, an English-born American political activist wrote The Entrepreneur’s Creed. He also authored two of the most influential pamphlets, Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776-1783) at the start of the American Revolution and helped inspire the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain.
I find it interesting that Paine somehow looped in entrepreneurship with the politics of the day. It almost sounds like what’s going on across our country today. Especially, as it’s been repeatedly stated that entrepreneurship is the backbone of American ingenuity, and it will be entrepreneurship that will drive our country’s recovery.
Yes, it’s interesting in that I see things coming full circle since 1776. It’ll be even more interesting to see if the next 250 years will parallel American History.
Freedom. Independence. Entrepreneurship. The combination of the three… What a novel idea!
The Entrepreneur’s Creed
“I do not choose to be a common man,
it is my right to be uncommon … if I can,
I seek opportunity … not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk.
to dream and to build,
To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life
to the guaranteed existence.
The thrill of fulfillment
to the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master
nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect,
proud and unafraid.
To think and act for myself,
to enjoy the benefit of my creations
and to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God’s help, I have done.
All this is what it means
to be an Entrepreneur.”
Have a great day. Make it happen. Make it count!