History of National Entrepreneur's Day
The word entrepreneur comes from the French word entreprendre, meaning “undertake.” It first appeared in the French dictionary “Dictionnaire Universel de Commerce,” produced by Jacques des Bruslons and published in 1723. The study of entrepreneurship stems from Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon back in the late 17th and early 18th century. He defined the term entrepreneur in his book “Essay on the Nature of Trade in General” as a person who pays a certain price for a product and resells it at an uncertain price.
Cantillon emphasized the willingness of the entrepreneur to take on the risk and deal with the uncertainty — thus distinguishing the difference between the entrepreneur and the investor. Another French economist, Jean-Baptiste Say, identified entrepreneurs as drivers for economic development, emphasizing their role as one of the collecting factors of production. Say and Cantillon both belonged to the French school of thought and are known as the physiocrats.
In the 1930s economist Joseph Schumpeter defined an entrepreneur as someone willing and able to convert a new idea or invention into a successful innovation. For him, entrepreneurship resulted in new industries and combinations of currently existing inputs. His example of this was the combination of the steam engine and the wagon in order to produce the horseless carriage.
In 2010 entrepreneur Siamak Taghaddos started a petition to create a National Entrepreneur’s Day. He didn’t understand how America, though considered the most entrepreneurial country in the world, didn’t already have a day dedicated to recognizing entrepreneurs. Six months and thousands of signatures later, President Obama proclaimed the last day of 2010’s National Entrepreneur Week as National Entrepreneur’s Day.
National Entrepreneur's Day timeline
Jean-Baptiste Say: “The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield.”
Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne begin the Apple Computer Company on April Fool's Day — one day before releasing their first computer.
The hit ABC reality show features aspiring entrepreneurs who present their business ideas to top investors (sharks) and seek funding.
President Barack Obama declares November as National Entrepreneurship Month.
National Entrepreneur's Day FAQs
What can I sell for Entrepreneur's Day?
Who are famous entrepreneurs?
What does entrepreneurship mean?
Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching, and running a new business, while an entrepreneur is the specific person operating the business.
National Entrepreneur's Day Activities
Check out an event highlighting local business owners
Attending local markets, pop-up shops, or industry events are a great way to get in touch with what’s developing in your city. Not to mention, it’s a fun way to network.
Bring your idea to life
Thinking of a possible business idea? Start researching competing companies or similar businesses in your city and test out the possibility of success!
Give a shout-out on social media
Whether you know an entrepreneur and want to celebrate their accomplishments, or admire an industry leader for their work, help spread the word about National Entrepreneur's Day and why it’s a day we all can celebrate.
Why We Love National Entrepreneur's Day
It creates jobs
The more the merrier when it comes to employment, and as more small businesses form, more jobs become available.
It heals the economy
Entrepreneurs create millions of jobs and pay taxes on sold goods, employees, and imported goods. Tax revenues help everyone (theoretically).
It encourages creative problem solving
Entrepreneurship sparks creative innovations to improve the quality of an existing service or product, or invent something entirely new. Either way — the result serves the greater good of consumers and the marketplace.