September 2, 2015
On October 31, 2013 the White House put out an announcement for immediate press release: it was a decree calling for November 2013 to officially be labeled National Entrepreneurship Month. The following year, in 2014, President Obama again made the proclamation that November would yet again be National Entrepreneurship Month.
We haven’t gotten to November 2015 yet, but I’d be willing to bet nearly anything that President Obama will once again decree it National Entrepreneurship Month. You see, entrepreneurship is as American as apple pie.
“The entrepreneurial spirit has always been at the heart of our Nation’s story. With inventions that changed American life and startups that lifted our economy as they grew, entrepreneurs helped make our country what it is today,” reads the 2013 announcement. “During National Entrepreneurship Month, we celebrate America’s innovators, support small businesses, and empower entrepreneurs to turn their visions into reality.”
It kind of begs an important question though: why celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation? While it’s important to ask, I think there’s a better one to ask here. Why wouldn’t we celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation?
After all, the founding fathers of America can and should be considered entrepreneurs in their own right. Since they founded our country, entrepreneurs have been woven into the very fabric of our nation from the Industrial Revolution all the way to Steve Jobs.
“America has always been a country of risk takers and dreamers — where anyone who is willing to work hard can turn a good idea into a thriving business — and our spirit of ingenuity remains a powerful engine of growth, creating jobs and bolstering our economy,” reads the 2014 Presidential announcement.
That statement couldn’t be more on the mark. Just look at the long line of recent college graduates who have launched right into an entrepreneurial career trajectory right out of college. Further, there are seasoned generations of entrepreneurs willing to lend a helping hand to the new additions in the field.
These are the people who saw a broken American economy in 2008 and instead of waiting for it to be fixed went out and fixed it themselves. If you need an example, look to Tony Hsieh’s revitalization efforts in Downtown Las Vegas: he reinvigorated a nearly defunct part of the city.
Entrepreneurs aren’t satisfied with the status quo: they like to build the world in the way it should be rather than abiding by a system that’s potentially archaic or outdated. Isn’t that something worth celebrating each and every day?
All of us at Tech.Co think it is, which is why our Celebrate Conference in Downtown Vegas is so important to us. We invite entrepreneurs from all walks to life to embark on a three day journey where they’ll discover, learn, engage, and connect with many other entrepreneurs like themselves.
It’s our third year hosting the conference, but the overall focus remains the same each and every year. Everything we do is specifically to celebrate the inherent value entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and innovation bring into our daily lives and beyond.
If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, I’d recommend picking them up sooner rather than later. This year promises to be one hell of a ride, and we’re going to have an absolute blast.
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