The White House and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the launch of the Young Entrepreneur Series (YES), which will connect young and aspiring entrepreneurs with SBA officials, local business advisors and resources to help them start or grow their own small business.
“For our economy to thrive in the 21st century, we must set about creating the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns. “Young Americans need to know that starting a business is a viable alternative to going to work for somebody else. There is a clear and urgent need to create more jobs for young Americans, and encouraging business ownership is an important way to meet that goal.”
SBA will hold five YES forums that will reach a broad audience, including young veterans, urban and rural entrepreneurs, and others.
Dates and locations include:
- November 7, San Diego, Calif., Veteran Young Entrepreneurs
- November 9, Ames, Iowa, Rural Young Entrepreneurs
- November 17, Charlotte, N.C., Young Entrepreneurs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions
- November 29, Tahlequah, Okla., Native American Young Entrepreneurs
- December 1, Milwaukee, Wis., Apprenticeship to Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship among young people remains below average and young entrepreneurs face unique challenges. With youth unemployment twice the national average in many communities, particularly communities of color and veterans, the Obama administration recognizes a need to promote and better support the efforts of young people to create jobs for themselves and others.
Many SBA programs, such as microloans, business counseling and training, are useful to young entrepreneurs. The YES forums are part of a larger effort to reach out to young people and let them know the federal government has tools to help them start, grow and succeed as small business owners.
The forums will be livestreamed at www.sba.gov/youngentrepreneurs. Participants can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #SBAyes. For more information or to watch the forums live, visit www.sba.gov/youngentrepreneurs.