Entrepreneurs’ Organization Selected for President Obama’s New Initiative

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The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to engaging leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, is partnering with Business for Diplomatic Action to collaborate on the U.S. State Department’s just-announced “Entrepreneurs for a New Beginning” program. Announced by President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship Monday evening, the initiative is a professional exchange experience for rising business and social entrepreneurs from countries with significant Muslim populations. EO's established business learning curriculum provides the framework for the entrepreneurship education the program participants will receive. While in the US, program participants will also connect with Entrepreneurs’ Organization chapters in each city they visit to take part in peer-to-peer learning and sharing.

The US State Department recognizes the important role that members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization continue to play in creating more than one million jobs, developing global economic opportunities and improving the quality of life in 42 countries

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to engaging leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, is partnering with Business for Diplomatic Action to collaborate on the U.S. State Department’s just-announced “Entrepreneurs for a New Beginning” program.

Announced by President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship Monday evening, the initiative is a professional exchange experience for rising business and social entrepreneurs from countries with significant Muslim populations. Run by the State Department’s Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Entrepreneurs for a New Beginning offers educational seminars, mentorship and first-hand experiences in the global business arena with American entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global network of leading entrepreneurs and an integral part of this new initiative, as its established business learning curriculum provides the framework for the entrepreneurship education the program participants will receive. While in the US, program participants will also connect with Entrepreneurs’ Organization chapters in each city they visit to take part in peer-to-peer learning and sharing.

“Our organization is excited to lend our entrepreneurial expertise and knowledge to help this valuable initiative move forward and achieve success,” said Kevin Langley, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Board Liaison to Emerging Programs and its Chairman for 2011-2012.

The exchange program connects participants with American entrepreneurs abroad. This collaboration also examines strategies used in the United States to enhance the capacities of young business managers; to develop a spirit of entrepreneurship and small business enterprise; and to strengthen societies through the pursuit of social entrepreneurship.

“The US State Department recognizes the important role that members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization continue to play in creating more than one million jobs, developing global economic opportunities and improving the quality of life in 42 countries,” said Matt Stewart, Global Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) – for entrepreneurs only – is a dynamic global network of more than 7,300 business owners in 42 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Membership in one of EO’s 116 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 40 years old with annual revenues of US$17.3 million. For more information on EO, visit http://www.eonetwork.org or call +1.703.519.6700.

About Business for Diplomatic Action
Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enlist the U.S. business community in actions to improve the standing of America in the world, with the goal of once again seeing America admired as a global leader and respected as a courier of progress and prosperity for all people. Founded in January 2002, BDA’s Board now includes representatives from companies including American Airlines, BBDO, Boeing, Coca-Cola, DDB, Fleishman-Hillard, Google, Hilton Hotels, McDonald’s, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Sesame Workshop, Siegal+Gale, Skadden Arps, Studio One, TBWA, Time Warner, Toyota, and others. For more information on BDA visit http://www.businessfordiplomaticaction.org.

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