The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow
Are in Our Schools Today!
The Changing Economy
• According to the SBA there were 27.2 million
businesses in the US
• The number of nonemployer firms has risen steadily
in this decade, from 16.5 million in 2000 to an
estimated 21.1 million in 2007.
• An estimated 637,100 new employer firms began
operations in 2007 and 560,300 firms closed that
year. Only 5% of closures were bankruptcy.
• In the most recent year with data (2005), employer
firms with fewer than 500 employees created 979,102
net new jobs, or 78.9 percent of net new jobs.
Education levels of Small
24% High School or less
28% Some college
24 % Bachelors degree
19% Post graduate degree
(Associate Degrees are not shown in data)
2002 latest Small Business Census data
is a Lifelong Learning Process
Entrepreneurs are not Born….
through the Experiences of their Lives!
Professor Albert Shapero,
The Ohio State University
ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS bring
Special Opportunities for
1. Orientation to change and opportunities everywhere
2. Student motivation based on opportunity to use personal skills
3. Understanding that success and wealth comes to those who
create something that benefits others
4. Belief that entrepreneurship experiences of any kind develop
expertise over time
5. Establish entrepreneurship curriculum that provide students with
* educational rigor,
* real world relevance, and
* connections to adult world relationships.
• IDEA SHARING
• PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• NEW RESOURCES
• ADVICE FROM ENTREPRENEURS
• NEW FRIENDS
I invite you to sponsor my participation in the
29th Annual Entrepreneurship Education FORUM
….so I can