Personal experience and conjecture can only take us so far – but a good businessperson knows that “the facts” speak for themselves, so we’ve compiled updated research from The Kauffman Foundation, The United Nations and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) to give you an accurate representation of 2015 business, both within the United States and globally. Since thorough research regarding women’s entrepreneurship has only recently become available, we’ve included a large amount of information on the subject. Here are 21 noteworthy facts and statistics from this year:
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Congratulations to the 2015 EO Leadership Academy Graduates! We would like to congratulate the EO Leadership Academy Class of 2015! Twenty member leaders congregated from 1-5 November in Washington, DC., USA, for a five-day program of rich learning and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
When you began formulating the idea of creating a business, what did you think of first? The business model? Your “why” statement? Ideal employees? Every entrepreneur knows that the success of their company can be made – or crushed – by the quality of their core working team. CEOs and business owners want their company to be well-run, and oftentimes, that means formulating a rockstar group of people who will give their best to help you succeed in realizing your dream.
But what qualities make the best employees? Yes, industry-specific knowledge and training is important, but even more basic are the personality components that each candidate has and how they’ll apply these to their position. We brainstormed and thought of 19 qualities of the “ideal employee” – do these sound like the people on your team?
American actress and activist Susan Sarandon, when asked about the importance of movies in shaping identity, responded with this thoughtful statement: “Oh, movies are important and they’re dangerous because we’re the keeper of the dreams. You go into a little dark room and become incredibly vulnerable – on one hand all your perspectives can be challenged, you could feel something you couldn’t feel normally. It can encourage you to be the protagonist in your own life. On the other hand it can completely misshape you.”
What does this have to do with entrepreneurship? Most likely, we’ve all seen at least one movie that inspired or challenged our perceptions of ourselves; this contagious excitement and drive has been communicated through film since Thomas Edison’s first experimental films in the late 19th century. This entrepreneurial spirit was shared by the Lumiere Brothers, who are credited as the first filmmakers in history.
17 December is a milestone date in history for many reasons; on this date in 1790, the Aztec stone calendar (“Sun Stone”) was discovered in Mexico City, Mexico, which greatly influenced the way we view Aztec history. Also on this date in 1770, Ludwig Van Beethoven was baptized and began a life that would produce nine symphonies, 32 piano sonatas, one opera, five piano concertos and numerous chamber works. But entrepreneurs have also played a huge role in major historical milestones.