Cast Your Vote for National Entrepreneurs’ Day

Steve Jobs and Bill GatesDo you know the old saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself”? That captures some of the spirit behind entrepreneurism.

Most entrepreneurs are individuals who see a better way to accomplish something or sense a need that is not being met. They set out to get it done and as they do so, our entire society benefits. Problems get solved. Productivity increases. Jobs are created.

November is National Entrepreneurship Month and it seems right that we would honor the spirit of entrepreneurism and the individuals who are willing to take risks. I think the role of entrepreneurism in our country needs to receive greater attention.

Celebrate the risk takers

We have become much too accustomed to looking to Washington D.C. to solve our problems, even though experience has taught us that real progress happens when more of us are actively participating in the commerce of this country through the private enterprise engine that propels job growth and increased opportunities.

Setting aside a month in the name of entrepreneurship is good, but we would be smart to increase awareness even more. There’s a resolution in Congress, H. Res. 401, that would create a National Entrepreneurs’ Day and it deserves our support. This special day would fall on the third Tuesday of every November.

The idea got its start back in 2012 and while the president has proclaimed this event each year, there is a move to make it an official day.

By going to the website you can “vote” and show your support for creating the day. You can also leverage your social media presence to inform others and urge them to visit the site and vote for the creation of a National Entrepreneurs’ Day.

Introduce others to entrepreneurism

Many other professions have their “day” and rightly so. For example, National Nurses Day is observed on May 6, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The fact that we don’t yet have a National Entrepreneurs’ Day probably reflects the fact that grasping exactly what an entrepreneur does is more difficult than picturing the work of a nurse, or the other professions that are already honored.

And this is exactly why we should make this day official. Anything we can do to improve awareness and understanding of entrepreneurs will benefit our entire society. If a handful of people catch the entrepreneurial bug each year by observing this day, we will all be better off in the long run.

There may be a young Steve Jobs, Peter Drucker or Karren Brady out there who just needs to be introduced to the concept of entrepreneurism to get the creative and risk-taking juices flowing.

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