Business for Diplomatic Action Selected for President Obama’s New Initiative

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Business for Diplomatic Action partners with Entrepreneurs’ Organization to work on U.S. State Department global entrepreneurial outreach initiative.

I believe our experience in creating business exchange programs with Arab countries over the past three years should enhance our contribution to this important new initiative.

Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA) a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing America’s position as a courier of progress for all people through business-led initiatives is partnering with Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) 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 is committed to offer entrepreneurs from selected countries a program of educational seminars, mentorship and first-hand experiences in the global business arena, bringing them together with American entrepreneurs for peer-to-peer learning over the next four years.

"We are pleased to have been chosen by the State Department as a partner for this important undertaking”, said Keith Reinhard, President of Business for Diplomatic Action. “I believe our experience in creating business exchange programs with Arab countries over the past three years should enhance our contribution to this important new initiative.”

The exchange program connects participants with American entrepreneurs abroad. The 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.

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 advance America’s position as a global leader, 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, Google, Boeing, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Fleishman-Hillard, Weber Shandwick, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Sesame Workshop, Siegal+Gale, Skadden Arps, Studio One, Time Warner, Toyota, and others. For more information on BDA visit http://www.businessfordiplomaticaction.org.

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.

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