August 14, 2017
BENEFITING: Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc
The funding from this campaign will be used to expand our capacity to connect more entrepreneurs to the knowledge, networks and capital necessary for small business success.
Our entrepreneurs are mostly people who see starting a business as an avenue to a better life. They have an idea, a vision and a lot of passion. On a daily basis, they continue to push forward and succeed against considerable odds. These are not entrepreneurs who start businesses with loans from their parents, corporate buyout packages or by raising money from investors. They are not the high tech, high growth businesses that grab the attention of angels. Our clients are regular people who aspire to live a better life by providing high quality goods and services to others. They are people for whom the American Dream is a concept worthy of pursuit.
While these types of enterprises are often demeaned as “mom and pop” businesses, we choose to celebrate these entrepreneurs as the agents of change in communities where change is most needed. If we can help these businesses grow, we can make a difference for the people they employ, the customers that they serve and the communities in which they exist. While the number of entrepreneurship programs has grown significantly over the last 10 years and we have seen an explosion in the number of initiatives to support entrepreneurial ecosystems, most of these resources focus on high tech, high growth/high “potential” companies. We choose to support the entrepreneurs who do not fit this mold, the mom and pop entrepreneurs who rarely have a seat at the table.
By helping community-based entrepreneurs and small business owners increase their access to knowledge, networks and capital, we can help them navigate their way to success. Their success can provide economic stimulus at a local level and sets the stage for healthy functioning communities with strong families, motivated youth, safe streets, arts and culture, and more.
After our years of work with thousands of aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, we believe that IFEL opens the door to possibility. Our goal is to empower those individuals who aspire for more and whose spirits are still open to dreaming. On behalf of the thousands of people who pursue entrepreneurship and small business ownership as their path to the American dream, I invite you to get involved with the IFEL movement to change lives through entrepreneurship. Together we can make a difference!