Governor Terry Branstad kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week in Iowa today during his weekly press conference. Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2008, is the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and development and improve human well-being.
During one week each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires people all over the world through local, national and global activities designed to assist entrepreneurs in exploring their full potential and spur creativity. Global Entrepreneurship Week is actively celebrated in 125 countries, with 24,008 partner organizations planning 33,846 activities that directly engage millions of participants every year.
"This is a great opportunity to spotlight the contribution of small business to the state's economy," said Governor Branstad. "Small businesses are the backbone of the state's economy, accounting for 51.3 percent of private sector jobs. Focusing on entrepreneurial development not only advances our goals in terms of job creation, but helps to improve our overall business climate and vitality."