Gear up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 12 – 18) has activities for youth entrepreneurs, the new entrepreneur and even the business owner who wants to expand his market share.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) was launched in 2007 by Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kaufman Foundation and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. This week-long global event in 2011 alone inspired 7.3 million people in 123 countries to participate in more than 33,000 activities providing connections, the sharing of resources and even investments into new enterprise.

GEW has activities for youth entrepreneurs, the new entrepreneur and the business owner who wants to expand his or her market share. GEW 2012, will feature startup weekends, global student entrepreneur awards, clean technology ideas competition, a global classroom activity entitled “world series of innovation and an opportunity to win a trip around the world to meet global leaders and entrepreneurs.

Any organization, school, college or business can sponsor an event during GEW. For a list of unique ideas, contests and activities to plan, check out the Ideas Bank on the GEW website; register your event on the and register your event on the registration webpage of the site.  

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension has many tools to turn your business dreams into reality and resources to support Global Entrepreneurship Week. Adult workshops such as Cottage Food Law, Road to Independence and Fast Trak New Venture Curriculum are taught by MSU Extension entrepreneurial experts throughout the year. Youth entrepreneurship programs are also offered across the state through MSU Extension 4-H.

Mark your calendars, sponsor or organize and event! Global Entrepreneurship week runs from Nov. 12 – 18.

But remember, celebrating and connecting entrepreneurs can occur anytime. In the upcoming months, MSU Extension will be hosting two entrepreneurship conferences designed to connect communities and create commodities. The “Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference” will be embedded in local businesses on October 9 throughout downtown Petoskey. The MSU Extension Product Center will be hosting a “Making it in Michigan Conference” on November 1with a Marketplace Trade Show at the Lansing Conference Center.

Join us in advancing and sustaining our community’s prosperity, here in Pure Michigan.

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