National "A Million Dreams Across America" Movement Reignites Entrepreneurism in Time of Economic Uncertainty

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November 15th Kickoff Event in Chapel Hill, NC Brings Together Service Providers, Economic Development Resources and Educators to Help Support Entrepreneurs.

A Million Dreams Across America, (http://www.dreamsacrossamerica.com), today announced that it will kick off a new national movement to reignite entrepreneurism across America. This unique movement brings together service providers, economic development resources and community educators to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into opportunities. In a one day immersion program, participants will experience what it's like to move from ideation to formation of a company. And learn how to take their own ideas and passions and turn them into businesses. The movement kicks off with the November 15th event at the University of Chapel Hill's Keenan-Flagler Business School, and will expand to 25 cities across the country over the next year.

"Economic turmoil has proven to be a great driver of entrepreneurial opportunities. As history demonstrates, times of great innovation spring from times of great uncertainty. That time is now," explained co founder Teresa Spangler. "More and more people are losing their jobs and/or fearing for their financial futures. We want to help them understand how to start their own business, localize their economy and take control of their livelihood."

Each Dreams event is created to help entrepreneurs achieve the following:

  • Explore ideas in a safe & encouraging environment
  • Consider the issues and questions all start-up companies face
  • Network with peers and develop relationships with highly skilled experts
  • Benefit from Lessons Learned from other entrepreneurs
  • Leave with a virtual network of peers, experts and community supporters

Entrepreneurial experts will help entrepreneurs identify and break down the barriers specific to the success of their dream. In each city, a mentoring program will be developed to ensure that entrepreneurs have a network/community committed to supporting their growth, both short and long term. Each participant will spend time with service providers in the fields of law, banking, accounting, human resources, real estate, sales and marketing to gain expert guidance on the issues that affect most start-ups. Individuals who qualify will also be invited to register for the "Dreams" grant process. If selected, potential recipients will be asked to present to a grant award committee for final selection.

"Dreams" is also part of another movement, one led by socially driven organizations called Social Enterprises, dedicated to enabling social responsibility through business success.

Our primary goal is to help stimulate innovation. This creates the perfect opportunity for our volunteers, sponsors and partners to make a difference not only with individual entrepreneurs, but also with society in general," explained cofounder, Robbie Hardy.

To learn more about A Millions Dreams Across America or to register for the kick off event, visit http://ennect.com/e336/p2130.aspx.

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