Starting a culture of entrepreneurship

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We’ve all heard the gloomy news that entrepreneurship is at an all-time low in the U.S.

Policymakers are rightly concerned about the worrying decline of what is often touted as “the engine of economic growth.” In the meantime, I’m sure that we’re all aware of the departure and closing of countless businesses in the "Rust Belt" region.

Entrepreneurship has extraordinary transformative power in society. It offers an alternative to those whose past means that “traditional” employment is not a realistic option anymore, an option to those that did not have the chance to go to college, and hope to those that were never made for 9-to-5 jobs.

When you start your own business, you are the agent of your own success. You directly see the fruits of your labor. Whether you become the next Apple or just a cozy neighborhood business, starting and maintaining your own successful business is not only a huge source of pride to yourself, but also to the entire community. It provides hope and inspiration to you, your family, and the community at large.

Entrepreneurship is an important recommendation in the North End Community Economic Development (CED) plan, the organization I work for. The feedback that we received from the community when we were writing it revealed to us that residents desperately want to see locally-owned and operated businesses (within walking distance) in the neighborhood. Not only that, but our vision statement also emphasizes prosperity, innovation, and economic vitality. Therefore, entrepreneurship aligns perfectly with our values.

I am part of a team of passionate Mansfield residents that decided to bring Startup Weekend to Mansfield for the very first time! We will hold the event September 28, 29, and 30 at IdeaWorks, 40 West 4th Street, Mansfield, Ohio.

The purpose of Startup Weekend is not just to start a business in Mansfield, it is to show people that our future and prosperity is created and driven by community’s residents. We want to start, inspire, and maintain a culture of entrepreneurship. Most importantly though, we want to help the residents of this neighborhood and city make their own opportunities when other opportunities just aren’t right for them.

Or you can come to Mansfield to visit the Reformatory where the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed.

Come join us!

To learn more about the event, click here (and make sure to read the FAQ page), go to our event page, or check out our blog. Also, please visit and like our Facebook page.

We hope to see you there and help us support a culture of entrepreneurship in Mansfield! We need your support! Please spread the word and tell anyone you think might be interested! We don't care who you are or where you live, the more the merrier! We have limited spots available though, so hurry up!

See You, Space Cowboy.