Small businesses are the engine that powers the U.S. economy, generating nearly a trillion dollars in revenue annually. According to the Small Business Administration, there are more than 28 million small businesses in the United States, accounting for more than 50% of the working population and generating more than 65% of new jobs since 1995.
To successfully cope in today’s economy, the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders In both the United States and globally are increasingly dependent on organizations outside of their communities for providing cutting edge technical assistance in the form of education and training, mentoring, networking, and access to resources to help them succeed and achieve their goals. Entrepreneurs, leaders and communities are interdependent and the challenge for each lies in their capacity to recognize each of their unique needs and work together.
The spirit of entrepreneurship is not a birthright; it is acquired through training and experience. The strong traits of entrepreneurs are enhanced by adopting leadership skills tied to those attributes in which entrepreneurs and innovators credit their success.
It is our goal at the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide entrepreneurs throughout the state with the training and resources they need to succeed in a global marketplace, growing the local and state economy and creating jobs and economic prosperity in the process.