Happy National Entrepreneurs Day and Happy Birthday to Me!

Yep, a young entrepreneur like me couldn’t be more honored to celebrate National Entrepreneur’s Day on my birthday (can you guess how old I am?).  Coincidence?  I think not! In fact, the proclamation starts out: “To honor Stuart Draper, and other amazing entrepreneurs like him….”  I crack myself up!

On a more serious note, you can read the official blog post from the White House here.

Here is the best part of the Presidential Proclamation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 14 through November 20, 2010, as National Entrepreneurship Week. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this week with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 19, 2010, as National Entrepreneurs’ Day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

It is fun and neat for me to have this special day on my personal birthday, but I’ve got to tell you, I have felt very little support from the Government in my entrepreneurial efforts.  Having a day set aside is neat, but I think entrepreneurs would like more support than they are getting.  I AM NOT ASKING FOR SOME SORT OF BAIL OUT OR MONEY INFUSION FROM THE GOVERNMENT, JUST LESS HASSLE (meaning to get out of the way) IN GETTING A BUSINESS OFF THE GROUND AND RUNNING. And, less hassle when I try to qualify for a loan.  The regulations on the banks from the government are making it impossible for them to lend money to SMBs and self-employed individuals looking to buy a home.

The proclamation also states,

“I encourage aspiring entrepreneurs and other Americans interested in promoting innovation to visit www.SBA.gov for resources and information.”

So there you have it, they have created a website for us.  Not sure how much of a help it will be, how user-friendly it really is, and who qualifies for help, but it is there.  I did notice that they don’t mention on the page that you will owe us a ton of taxes if your business succeeds so start looking for write-offs. If it is there, I missed that part.  😉