National Entrepreneurs' Day celebrates American entrepreneurs: the men and women who help make America what it is by following their dreams and starting businesses, driving innovation, creating jobs, and building a brighter future in the process.

Hug an Entrepreneur

Know any entrepreneurs? Your boss? Brother, sister, friend? Give them a hug to say you recognize the hard work and long hours they've put in. Let them know you appreciate what they're doing for our nation's economy, our spirit, and our future.

November 22nd, 2013

National Entrepreneur's Day this year is Friday, November 22nd.

“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 2013 as National Entrepreneurship Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 22, 2013, as National Entrepreneurs' Day.”

President Barack Obama Read the full proclamation

Why is National Entrepreneurs' Day Important?

Since our nation's beginning, entrepreneurship has played a foundational role in building the world's most vibrant economy. Innovation, creativity and hard work form the fiber of The United States, and few people exemplify these traits as strongly as entrepreneurs. Until 2010, when President Obama declared the first National Entrepreneurs' Day, entrepreneurs received no public recognition for the risks they've taken and the hours they've put in, to make our economy strong. As a country that celebrates hard work, ingenuity, and sacrifice for the greater good, we cannot forget our nation's entrepreneurs!

The Most Entrepreneurial Generation

Excitement about entrepreneurship has reached a level not seen in many years. By celebrating the sacrifices and accomplishments of entrepreneurs, we hope to inspire more creative, hard working people to pursue a similar path, thereby launching a new generation of entrepreneurs. National Entrepreneurs' Day plays an important role in this celebration by reminding us that we have all benefitted from the hard work of an entrepreneur, and by inspiring each of us to find entrepreneur within.

Entrepreneurs Can Change the World

While National Entrepreneurs Day aims to have an enduring, positive impact on millions of Americans, this special day represents just a piece of The Obama Administration's work to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. The Obama White House has focused on creating companies – and jobs – through specific legislation like the JOBS act, and through programs like The Presidential Innovation Fellows. This program pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on solutions that will deliver significant results in six months or less. The White House also promotes high-growth entrepreneurship through Startup America. For more on innovation and entrepreneurship at The White House, click here.