Policymakers Show Their Support for Entrepreneurs During Global Entrepreneurship Week
Governors, mayors and members of Congress joined #GEW2021 celebrations across the country. (Photo credit: Conductor)
24 Nov 2021

Policymakers across the United States showed their support for local entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). We saw proclamations, keynotes, roundtables, celebrations of new facilities and overall support for new and existing businesses.

GEW challenges policymakers to voice support for their entrepreneur constituents, and consider policies or resources that make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and scale. Additionally, entrepreneurs are encouraged to advocate for themselves and reach out to policymakers to start conversations about barriers and challenges they face. GEW can serve as an opportunity to begin conversations and work towards policy changes that positively impact the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

At the local level, city council members and mayors including Mayor Hancock of Denver, Colorado and Mayor Stoney of Richmond, Virginia, attended events and showed support at new facility openings and large pitch competitions. Some also participated in conversations on the state of entrepreneurship and heard from constituents on what policy changes would positively impact them and their companies.

Governors also joined celebrations across the country. Hawaii Governor David Ige issued a proclamation stating, “The State of Hawai‘i celebrates our passionate and committed entrepreneurs. Their ingenuity and initiative are creating a more vibrant economy and helping to drive our communities toward a more sustainable future.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave a welcome message to kick-off GEW in Michigan. She showcased a state of innovators with a fierce work ethic that put “the world on wheels” and is at the forefront of mobility technology and venture capital.

We also saw Congressman French Hill of Arkansas participate. He fielded entrepreneurship policy-related questions from constituents and shared information on policies and initiatives he is working on to make Arkansas a place where companies want to start and scale.

To learn more about getting policymakers involved in your GEW campaign, check out our GEW Guide for Policymakers and our GEW Guide for Policy Advocates.

For questions about GEW USA, contact Ellen Erickson at ellen@genglobal.org.

Ellen Erickson

Director for U.S. Ecosystems | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Ellen is the Director for U.S. Ecosystems with the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Her primary responsibilities include supporting the… More