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Small Business Resource: National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
7 July 2013
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The official NCEI launch during the Clinton Global Initiative

There was a time in America when entrepreneurship was not at the fringes of our culture; it was the norm.   Times were hardly idyllic, but one can’t help but wonder what we have lost in our transition during the industrial age, to becoming a nation full of employees, and whether we can gain some of that back.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being an employee, or working for someone else.

But perhaps there’s something wrong with the fact that around 70 percent of the new jobs in America are provided through small businesses – and yet our society still seems to treat those who run small businesses differently.  Owning a small business can make it more complicated to buy a house, own a car, as well as participate in other aspects of what makes up the American dream.

The National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NCEI), recently launched at the Clinton Global Initiative event, seeks to change that in a number of ways.

Philip Auerswald is the founding board chair of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the author of The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy with former President Bill Clinton at the official launch of NCEI during the Clinton Global Initiative on June 14th

Philip Auerswald, founding board chair of NCEI, with President Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative

First, NCEI would like to build a permanent space at or near the National Mall that celebrates entrepreneurship.

They also other programs already in progress, such as the Makers on the Mall, which is coming to Washington D.C. in 2014.

There’s also Entrepreneurship as Citizenship. Through it, the center would work with school districts to inspire our students when they come to Washington D.C. for the annual educational pilgrimage, educating them and engaging with them about their possible role in America’s future as entrepreneurs.

With how rapidly the economy is changing, technology making the world smaller, and the advent of the collaborative economy, we could be shifting towards a time which is much like our past, more like the America that existed at its inception.

If you’d like to be a part of the commemoration of entrepreneurship and innovation in America, visit the NCEI website for more information.


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