Did you know the word entrepreneur comes from the French word entreprendre, meaning undertake? We find this endearing because the translation is synonymous with the description of an entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur is someone who undertakes a great deal of responsibility. They hold the risk of starting a new business and all the components that must work together in perfect harmony. So while the word “undertake” may not mean a lot to most people, it symbolizes what entrepreneurs must endure and sacrifice for the success of their business.
The drive and dedication required as a business owner is why they are honored on the third Tuesday of November (November 16, 2021), better known as National Entrepreneur Day. It is an annual holiday that honors business owners that have built something from nothing.
As we quickly approach National Entrepreneur Day 2021, here are a few ideas of how to celebrate or show your support.
Get to Know Other Business Owners
Every company, whether it be Amazon or a local coffee shop, was founded by someone. And the history of how they founded that business is probably a pretty cool one.
To celebrate National Entrepreneur Day, take a deep dive into that story of how your favorite organization came to be. Learn about the creative mind or minds behind their challenges and successes.
Many times, people can learn about a company’s beginnings on the brand’s website. Navigate to the “About Us” section while you enjoy your morning coffee. Or, if the time is right, an adult beverage as you cheer for their origin story.
If you’re looking for inspiration, a few famous brands with unexpected beginnings include Coca-Cola, Twitter, Samsung, and Adidas. Plus, there are several great business podcasts for entrepreneurs that are worth a listen.
Support Your Favorite Entrepreneur
Whether you are an entrepreneur yourself or know someone who has started their own business, you know that role means no days off.
Especially for those just starting out, there is a tremendous amount of work, stress, and pressure that comes with the job. Many don’t have a team to fall back on therefore must work independently to get their business off the ground.
Honor National Entrepreneur Day 2021 by showing your support for your favorite business owner. Here are a few examples of how to show your gratitude:
- Shop at a small, local business
- Provide your services or expertise pro bono for a startup you believe in
- Host a dinner for fellow entrepreneurs
Post on Social Media
Perhaps you can’t celebrate National Entrepreneur Day with gifts or things with monetary value — and that’s okay! Social media can be a powerful (and free) tool for new businesses. It is an effective vehicle for spreading awareness about products and services.
Therefore, posting a celebratory message on social media (whether it be about your organization or the entrepreneurs in your life) can help promote new businesses to different audiences. Here are a few examples of what type of messages to post.
If you are an entrepreneur:
- Share your origin story and how you first thought of the idea for your product or services.
- Share your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur and how you overcame that.
- Share your favorite quote that inspires you as a business owner.
- Share a picture from your early days as a business owner. Explain what you’ve learned and accomplished since that day.
If you know an entrepreneur:
- Share their products or services and what you love about them.
- Share your favorite story about the entrepreneur and how that describes their business style.
- Link to their social media channels and encourage others to follow their pages.
Whatever the message may be, don’t forget to include #NationalEntrepreneurDay in the post!
Share the Entrepreneurship Bug
While there is no science to back it up, the entrepreneur bug often runs in the family. Spend the evening sharing the entrepreneurial spirit with your family to get them thinking about inventing. You would be surprised at the ideas kids can come up with from their broad imagination!
If you don’t have kids, think about working with a teacher or professor to celebrate the holiday. For younger kids, talk about the people who started their favorite toys. Some of the inventors might even be kids themselves.
Older kids such as high school or college students may enjoy the pitching process similar to Shark Tank. Allow the students to present an imaginary product where they’ll discuss their business model and sales strategy. It is a great learning experience to understand all sides of launching a new product or service.
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