All across the country, there are young men and women dreaming of opening their own business. Some are looking to start the next social media phenomenon, while others are focused on a business idea that fills an important niche on their campuses and in their communities.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has the tools and resources these entrepreneurs need to succeed. At the SBA, and across the Obama Administration, we know that young entrepreneurs are a valuable source of American innovation and long-term growth.
To assist more young entrepreneurs, we have launched our Young Entrepreneur Series (YES). It provides an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to hear from SBA leadership and successful young entrepreneurs about best practices in building their companies – and what resources are out there to help them navigate the start-up and growth of their companies.
The YES events offer an opportunity to meet and hear from young entrepreneurs who shared their stories with young adults and business owners. For example, one young entrepreneur, Michael Tavani, Co-founder of Scoutmob in Atlanta, GA shared his start up experiences with the audience and talked about how the challenges he faced in getting started and his ideas and projects that didn’t necessarily work helped him build the successful, web-based national company that he runs today.
SBA knows that young entrepreneurs have different sorts of needs – they’re not just online and mobile; they’re starting different kinds of businesses while working out of cafes or even dorm rooms. We’ve launched a new set of online tools with links to resources and online courses geared specifically toward young entrepreneurs at http://www.sba.gov/content/young-entrepreneurs. The new SBA online community also puts articles and advice from tens of thousands of small business owners and entrepreneurs just like you at your fingertips. You can join us at www.sba.gov/community.