Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2010-12-07
Earlier this week, President Obama declared today, November 19th, National Entrepreneur's Day. In his words, entrepreneurs "power the engine of our Nation's economy. These intrepid individuals translate their vision into products and services that keep America strong and competitive on a global scale, and build opportunity and prosperity across our country."
What can you do to celebrate National Entrepreneur's Day? In short, pay it forward. We all get busy, but quite often just a few minutes of your time can make a huge impact on someone else's success. Today is the day to;
1. Finally respond to that email, return that call, provide that intro, or review that plan that an aspiring entrepreneur sent you. We all have them buried somewhere in a long list of priorities, but today is the day to find the time.
2. Contribute content to TheFunded. We now have over 15,000 members, and your honest feedback, advice, and ratings forms a powerful depository of information for entrepreneurs to access as they build their companies.
3. Help aspiring entrepreneurs take the first step towards launching their company. The Founder Institute, our startup accelerator and entrepreneur training program, is currently accepting applications in Seattle (due this Sunday, November 21st) and Boston (due January 16th, 2011). If you know somebody in those cities who wants to start a technology company, forward them the link. We've already helped launch 193 companies in 10 cities worldwide.
4. Visit Kiva.org, a microlending site whose mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. They have already facilitated well over $100mm in loans, and even a small loan can make a big difference.
Happy Entrepreneur's Day - and Rock On!PRIVATE: Members Only