In May of this year, entrepreneurs at The Grasshopper Group began a twitter petition to ask President Obama to declare a National Entrepreneurs’ Day.
See the petition HERE. Notice they declare:
“It’s not just another day on the calendar – it’s an opportunity to recognize America’s rich history of entrepreneurship and make sure there’s a strong foundation for it’s future.”
It’s the “first ever Twitter petition to the first president on Twitter,” says Jonathan Kay, Ambassador of Buzz at Grasshopper. “We got so much buzz and excitement around what we were doing.”
On Monday, November 15th, President Obama signed the proclamation:
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 14 through November 20, 2010, as National Entrepreneurship Week. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this week with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 19, 2010, as National Entrepreneurs’ Day.”
You can read the full Presidential Proclamation here: Presidential Proclamation – National Entrepreneurship Week
How are you going to recognize National Entrepreneurship day? I like the suggestions by The Grasshopper Group on their blog:
What can you do on National Entrepreneurs’ Day?
- Thank. If you know an entrepreneur, thank them for the ways in which they’ve made an impact on our economy thus far; the simple act of giving thanks can strengthen a connection or start a new one. If you’re an entrepreneur yourself, thank the individuals who brought you to where you are today. This is what National Entrepreneurs’ Day is all about.
- Mentor. Perhaps there was someone who urged you to start your first business or helped you bring your first big idea to life; if so, they’ve played a part in making you the entrepreneur you are today. Return the favor and find an entrepreneur you can mentor through thick and thin.
- Give. Kiva is an organization that promotes micro lending to alleviate poverty around the world. With corporate and institutional partners from Google to Ashoka, you can feel confident that your donation is going to reach a deserving entrepreneur somewhere in the world, and that, in turn, your donation will serve as a catalyst for change (if you doubt this, might I remind you that anything is possible?).
- Pay it forward. You can help support fellow entrepreneurs by paying it forward with products, services, and/or your time. What’s easy for you may not be easy for another aspiring entrepreneur. Remember: a little help can go a long way.
Happy Entrepreneurs’ Day to all my fellow entrepreneurs’ out there!