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Meet the Entrepreneurs Who Became President

Presidents have long touted the benefits of supporting small businesses. Here are some of the country’s most dynamic small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Meet the Entrepreneurs Who Became President

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4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Legendary leader, Martin Luther King, advanced not only civil rights but also illustrates how to be an influential entrepreneur.

4 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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5 Invaluable Online Classes For Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

Here are five excellent online courses every social entrepreneur should consider taking when setting out to make a profit while making a difference.

5 Invaluable Online Classes For Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

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Doing Well By Doing Good: Who Are Today’s Social Entrepreneurs? (Infographic)

Social entrepreneurs seek to solve the world’s social and environmental problems through revenue-generating enterprises that champion innovative solutions.

Doing Well By Doing Good: Who Are Today’s Social Entrepreneurs? (Infographic)

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About These Famous Entrepreneurs Who Got Their Start as Students (Quiz)

Take this fun fact-filled quiz to see how much you know about these famous student entrepreneurs.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About These Famous Entrepreneurs Who Got Their Start as Students (Quiz)

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Better Together: How Miami’s Co-Working Spaces Incubate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Serial technology entrepreneur Jose “Hutch” Rasco has always done business a little differently, starting with doing business in Miami. Last summer, he co-founded an innovative co-working space called Building in heart of the city. The year before, he launched a health-tech upstart DotHealth there, as well. Had he listened to the naysayers—and he’s had a few, as he tells it—he might never have started up in The Magic City. After all, it’s no Silicon Valley… at least, not yet. But Rasco was undeterred. “We’ve been entrepreneurs in Miami our entire lives,” he tells Free Enterprise, referring to himself and his Building co-founder Juan Diego Calle, “and we experienced a lot of pushback from well-intentioned partners and colleagues who told us that, in order to succeed, we needed to relocate our headquarters from Miami to San Francisco or New York. We knew that wasn’t the case, and we set out to […]

Better Together: How Miami’s Co-Working Spaces Incubate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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The New Newark: A City Rejuvenated by Education and Entrepreneurship

The last few decades haven’t been kind to Newark from an economic perspective. Especially since the recession in 2008, the city has seen crime rates and unemployment surge, while much of its population dipped below the poverty line. But, this is changing. In more recent years, support from entrepreneurs, private corporations, and the government has helped bolster Newark’s rise, as it reinvents itself into a prominent hub for opportunity and growth. From a focus on technology to educating the tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, here are some of the key reasons fueling Newark’s recovery. A New Focus on Technology and Entrepreneurship Over the past decade, several major technology companies, including Amazon-owned Audible and Panasonic, have migrated to Newark in search of more affordable real-estate prices and generally a lower cost of doing business. This has not only brought wealth into the proverbial gates of the city, but also jobs and the opportunity to build a […]

The New Newark: A City Rejuvenated by Education and Entrepreneurship

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How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Spearheading Newark’s Comeback

There’s a strong reason why Newark has been nicknamed the “Gateway City.” Together with Port Newark-Elizabeth and Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey’s largest city has grown to become a significant economic hub for the East Coast. For decades now, Newark’s accessibility has also situated the metropolis as a hub for a robust foreign-born population. Immigrants have flocked to the city ever since the 1820s, when the first wave of Irish immigrants moved into the urban center and bolstered its industrial boom. Today, out of over 277,000 residents, more than a quarter are foreign-born and supplement the economy in a variety of ways, both small and large. According to the Kauffman Foundation, immigrants across the United States are twice as likely to start a business as compared to native-born Americans. As of 2014, 28.5 percent of all new entrepreneurs were foreign-born. That ratio stands for residents of Newark as well, […]

How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Spearheading Newark’s Comeback

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How Newark’s Focus on Technology and Entrepreneurship is Revitalizing the City

Newark has long been an important economic and industrial hub for the state of New Jersey and the entire New York metropolitan area. Port Newark-Elizabeth is the primary container-shipping terminal for the Port of New York and New Jersey, which is the most highly trafficked seaport on the East Coast, and Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It’s no wonder, then, that Newark has been nicknamed the “Gateway City.” While the city underwent a slow urban and economic decline since its peak in the ’50s and ’60s, the turn of the century and the digital and Internet revolution have provided Newark with an opportunity to build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and new economy — one that may not look anything like the city’s industrial past but one that holds equal promise. As a result, Newark is being revitalized by technology-focused companies. Several large, […]

How Newark’s Focus on Technology and Entrepreneurship is Revitalizing the City

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After Prison, These Entrepreneurs Didn’t Get a Job. They Created Their Own.

Since 1980, the number of incarcerated adults in the United States has quadrupled from roughly 500,000 to 2.2 million, now representing nearly one out of every 100 Americans. After serving their sentences, most of those individuals face an uphill battle when trying to reintegrate into society, especially when it comes to finding a job. Only about a quarter of former inmates are employed one year after their release, and only 10 percent have a job after three years. While many are trying to tackle this challenge through criminal justice reforms, career training and job placement programs, one group in New York is deploying another tactic and presenting former inmates with an alternative career path after prison: entrepreneurship. Based in Brooklyn, Refoundry is a nonprofit that teaches woodworking and entrepreneurship skills to formerly incarcerated adults, helping them learn to transform discarded materials into beautiful home furnishings and in the process helping them completely […]

After Prison, These Entrepreneurs Didn’t Get a Job. They Created Their Own.

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These 5 Iconic Entrepreneurs Dropped Out of School. Now, They’re Investing in Education.

Many of our country’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders excelled in college, and many of them went on to pursue additional schooling and degrees. But not all of them. Some of America’s most renowned innovators and entrepreneurs from the past few decades started but never finished their undergraduate degrees – a pattern that has left some to question the importance of education in the realm of entrepreneurship. But here’s the thing: Those very entrepreneurs, the ones who dropped out of college, have made it awfully clear with their philanthropic efforts that they recognize the immense value of a strong education. That’s because many of them have chosen to invest in improving early education and making college more accessible, particularly for low-income students. Here are a few of the successful entrepreneurs who – despite the face or perhaps because they dropped out of school – have made great contributions to […]

These 5 Iconic Entrepreneurs Dropped Out of School. Now, They’re Investing in Education.

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The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies

The United States’ reputation as the “Land of Opportunity” didn’t just develop overnight. Throughout our nation’s history, we have benefitted from the millions of driven and talented immigrants who brought entrepreneurial ideas to our shores and built incredible, innovative, job-creating businesses from the ground up. In fact, some of America’s most renowned brands, ones that are today known the world over, were started by foreign-born entrepreneurs. In the infographic below, we took a closer look at some of these wildly successful businesses – ones that today exemplify the American Dream and remind us of the enormously important contributions immigrants make to the U.S. economy.    

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies

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