Planning Begins For
EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Events To Boost
Memphis, TN, 01/11/2007 – Community leaders from across the Memphis City, Shelby and Fayette County area have been working on ideas for a local event targeting high school students to take place during the nationwide EntrepreneurshipWeek USA -- February 24 through March 3, 2007.
Within The Week, regional organizations ranging from businesses to schools to nonprofits will be encouraged to conduct activities, such as open houses, seminars, meet-and-greets with successful entrepreneurs to encourage all people to explore their entrepreneurial potential.
“This is more than one event happening at one location,” said Cynthia Norwood, Managing Director for alt.Consulting. “Everybody can do something.”
The goal of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA nationwide is simple: Increase public awareness of entrepreneurship. On a national basis, the week is sponsored by The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Inc. magazine and The New York Times.
In Memphis City, Shelby and Fayette County, the initial event planning push came from David Doyle, TSBDC Executive Director.
One of his goals, Doyle said last week, is opening the eyes of teens and young adults to the unlimited possibilities of ways to create value for society through entrepreneurship, including creating their own business, developing a new product, or implementing a creative solution to a local problem.
Development of entrepreneurship in Memphis City, Shelby and Fayette County, particularly in the younger generations that identify with the desire to make a positive impact on the world, is a key piece of the state’s economic future, Doyle said.
With the theme,” What’s Your Big Idea? Take it On!,” the
EntrepreneurshipWeek USA initiative is designed to serve as an
inspiration for young people to think creatively and to turn their ideas
into action – whether that means starting a new business, developing an
innovation for an existing company or solving a problem that makes
society better. Official events are being planned in cities across the
country, including in Washington, D.C., where the focus will be on the
importance of policy to the nation’s entrepreneurs.