Entrepreneurs ignite the spark to power our nation’s economy
Small businesses are the powerful engine that creates jobs in the American economy. They may be small, but there’s nothing small about their impact. While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a crucial component of – and a major contributor to – the strength of local economies. Small businesses present new employment opportunities and feed the supply chains essential to the operation of the nation’s largest enterprises.
The New Era of Eco-Entrepreneurship
No discussion of manufacturing entrepreneurship would be complete without reference to the emerging field of creative manufacturing that is making astounding progress in sustainable or green manufacturing – the vanguard of eco-entrepreneurs. The modern environmental movement began in 1970 with the first Earth Day and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Way back then our waterways and lakes were badly fouled with industrial wastes. The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland actually caught fire. Large portions of Lake Erie were a dead zone where no aquatic life could survive. The air in many of our cities was virtually unbeatable – much like Chinese cities today. The American people said enough was enough and made a commitment to clean it up.