It’s Entrepreneurship Week here in the United States – February 23 to March 1, 2008.
It will also be Entrepreneurship Week in November 2008.
Not to be confused, of course, with Small Business Week, which is in April.
Scratching your head yet? You’re not the only one.
Scott Shane, one of the Small Business Trends experts, says that Entrepreneurship Week this week is focused on students K through 12. It is organized by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. The focus appears to be on educational activities.
The other Entrepreneurship Week — the one scheduled for November 17 – 23, 2008 has the involvement of the Kauffman Foundation. And it is timed to coincide with Entrepreneurship Week around the world. That one, too, appears to be focused on a younger generation who might be starting or considering starting a business.
And Small Business Week, a matter of U.S. Presidential proclamation, is headed up by activities put on by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small Business Week will be held this year from April 21 – 25, 2008. Small Business Week’s focus typically is on existing small businesses, including awards for small business leaders.
These kinds of organized events over the course of a week are a trend. They are signs of the increasing focus on entrepreneurship and small business, especially as a legitimate, defined career path among students.
So what, if anything, is your business doing during these special weeks? If you serve small business customers or cater to entrepreneurs, will you be participating in activities? Creating special offers or discounts? Highlighting your small biz customers during these weeks?