Celebrating National Entrepreneurship Month
November 01, 2011
11:52 AM EDT
Today President Obama proclaimed that this November is National Entrepreneurship Month, a time when “we celebrate the remarkable and everyday successes of our entrepreneurs and innovators, and we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring our economy remains the engine and the envy of the world.”
We understand that entrepreneurs are responsible for virtually all new job growth across the country. Starting this year, the White House Startup America initiative has accelerated the success of high-growth entrepreneurs by unlocking access to capital, cutting red tape, and expanding mentorship opportunities, complemented by major private sector commitments.
The President’s American Jobs Act will go even further, allowing entrepreneurs to raise capital in innovative ways and using unemployment insurance to turn job-seekers into job-creators. And because we can’t wait for Congress to act, just this past week the President announced new executive actions that will reduce student loan burdens for young entrepreneurs, accelerate cutting-edge research from lab to market, and create a one-stop shop for businesses to access federal resources and boost exports.
One of the most exciting things about working for the White House is getting to engage with so many different entrepreneurs doing so many amazing things. America is teeming with innovative startups – not just in technology, and not just in Silicon Valley. Here is just a small sample of the path-breaking entrepreneurs we’ve gotten to know over the past few months:
- The Army doctor who returned from Afghanistan and created a new way to improve the health of our military veterans.
- The biotech entrepreneur in Cleveland who is turning university research into a new therapy to heal wounds faster.
- The former French teacher in Detroit who started with one crepe shop and has new locations sprouting up all over town.
- The founder and “head janitor” in Phoenix who is turning industrial cleaning green.
- The media entrepreneurs who started an international ad agency in rural Virginia.
- The mobile-tech entrepreneur who is helping you hail a cab with your cell phone.
- The epidemics expert in Wisconsin who is using open government data to improve asthma management.
- The college football player who is manufacturing sustainable apparel right here in the U.S.
- The immigrant who came to America with just $13 and grew a national sushi distributor in North Carolina.
Throughout National Entrepreneurship Month, we’ll be posting more stories of American entrepreneurs embracing the unknown, growing innovative companies, and creating jobs all across the country.