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US Chamber of Commerce Campaign for Free Enterprise   US Chamber of Commerce Campaign for Free Enterprise

In Fall 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched one of the largest undertakings in its 100 year history – the Campaign for Free Enterprise, an effort to defend and advance America’s free enterprise values in the face of rapid government growth. It is a comprehensive, multiyear campaign to support free enterprise through national advertising; grassroots advocacy; citizen, community, and youth engagement’ and research and ideas leadership.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.”



Empact line EMPACT - Formerly known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education

Formally known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, Empact has worked with over 400 colleges & universities, workforce development organizations, Chambers of Commerce, and Small Business Development Centers to help promote entrepreneurship among aspiring entrepreneurs. Empact aims to alleviate mental and financial poverty by empowering individuals to live with passion, purpose, and prosperity through the entrepreneurial mindset.


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Kauffman Foundation line Kauffman Foundation

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation's vision is to foster "a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities." In service of this vision, and in keeping with our founder's wishes, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.



Coleman Foundation line Coleman Foundation

The Coleman Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking foundation established in the state of Illinois in 1951. The Foundation supports educational institutions offering entrepreneurship education across the country, organizations providing cancer care, treatment and support, and agencies providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities only in the Chicago Metropolitan area — its primary geo­graphical focus.

United Nations Foundation line United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.

The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation line The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation

John E. Hughes is the founder and President/CEO of the John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation, Inc., a private, charitable family foundation engaged in a range of philanthropic programs, primarily for entrepreneurship awareness and education. Mr. Hughes was the founder and Senior Partner of the John E. Hughes & Co., C.P.A. Firm, and the former CEO and President of the Archibald Candy Corporation and Fannie May Candy Shops, Inc. Mr. Hughes is also the Board Chair, Former President, and CEO of The Coleman Foundation.

Startup America Partnership line Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership was launched in January 2011 at the White House to help inspire and celebrate entrepreneurs, their firms and the people that join them. Founding board members include Steve Case (Founder of AOL), Scott Case (Co-Founder of Priceline), Carl Schramm (CEO of Kauffman Foundation), Fred Smith (Founder of Fedex), Magic Johnson (Founder of Magic Johnson Enterprises), Michael Dell (Founder of Dell), and other notable entrepreneurs.

Global Entrepreneurship Week line Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Since it launched in 2008, it has grown to 123 countries — with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship line United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE®) is the largest ­independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With nearly 1,000 members which include universities and colleges, researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurship educators, organizations supporting entrepreneurship education, and public policy influencers, USASBE is the Network Advancing the Art of Entrepreneurship Education. Our organization is built on four pillars that guide its ongoing development: entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship research, entrepreneurship outreach, and public policy. By fostering advances in each of these areas, we support the development of entrepreneurship educators who in turn will create the next generation of entrepreneurs.

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship line National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) is an organization of educators, entrepreneurs, and distinguished business development professionals providing quality programs and services in entrepreneurship education and serving as advocates for community-based entrepreneurship. Founded in 2002, NACCE is at the heart of the "entrepreneurship movement.” Through membership, an annual conference and exhibition, a quarterly journal, monthly webinars and podcasts, a dynamic list-serv, and other resources, NACCE serves as the hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. These programs and courses advance economic prosperity in the communities served by its member colleges. NACCE is a founding member of the White House-led Startup America Partnership.

Sage line Sage

Sage is a leading global supplier of business management software and services for small and midsized businesses. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than 12,600 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more information about Sage in North America, please visit the company website at Follow Sage North America on Facebook,, and Twitter,

American Airlines line American Airlines

American Airlines is a proud sponsor of the Empact Summit. American Airlines is committed to supporting innovation and social entrepreneurship. As part of our SME Strategic Development Initiatives, we are highly focused on empowering the next generation of high growth/high impact entrepreneurs, startups and incubators by providing strategic sponsorships and in-kind giving.

American Airlines continues to be at the forefront of innovation and leads the industry in developing technologies that improve the overall customer experience. We've created many products to help your trip go smoothly from curbside to boarding and everywhere in between. And we're paving the way to have the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleet in five years–delivering a state-of-the-art flight experience to our customers. From start to finish, enjoy comfort, convenience, and cutting-edge technology.

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers line Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), formerly the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (NCEC), was founded in 1996 by a handful of leading entrepreneurship educators who found value in sharing ideas. The mission of the organization is to provide a coordinated vehicle through which participating members can collaborate and communicate on the specific issues and challenges confronting university-based entrepreneurship centers.

The current GCEC membership totals approximately 200 university-based entrepreneurship centers, including both well established and nationally ranked programs and new and emerging centers.  GCEC membership from schools outside the United States grows each year as entrepreneurship education becomes more prominent around the world.
A major focal point of the organization is a global conference held each year on the campus of a GCEC member school.

Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative line Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative inspires Georgetown University students to be entrepreneurial, teaches them entrepreneurial lessons, connects them to useful resources, and helps them pursue their own unique entrepreneurial interests.  The Initiative manages an array of courses and extracurricular programs to serve the campus-wide Georgetown University community and fosters strong connections to the vibrant Washington, DC, entrepreneurial community.  Signature programs include the StartupHoya Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the StartupHoyas Incubator, the MSB Entrepreneurial Fellowship, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and events sucescriptions et logos new sponsorsh as Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day and the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

Embassy of Sweden line Embassy of Sweden

The Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. is one of the largest Swedish legations in the world. The Embassy is the official communications link between the Swedish and American governments. The Ambassador heads the Embassy and is the official representative of the Swedish Government to the United States Government.

Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute line Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) is LSU’s premiere resource for aspiring entrepreneurs. This multi-disciplinary, university-wide institute promotes innovative approaches to identifying needs and solving problems through an entrepreneurial mindset.

The Company Corporation line The Company Corporation

The Company Corporation helps entrepreneurs start businesses. We make incorporating or forming a limited liability company (LLC) – fast, easy, and affordable. Each month, thousands of entrepreneurs visit our website to learn more about the benefits of incorporating. Simply put, our mission is to create companies and help them succeed.

SBEC Counil line Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

SBE Council works to educate elected officials, policymakers, business leaders and the public about key policies that enable business start-up and growth. Through advocacy, research, media outreach, training and education, SBE Council members and staff convey the importance of entrepreneurship to job creation, innovation, economic growth and U.S. competitiveness.

SBE Council is viewed as one of the most powerful and effective organizations dedicated to protecting small business, and promoting entrepreneurship.

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US Chamber of Commerce Campaign for Free Enterprise EMPACT - Formerly known as Extreme Entrepreneurship Education Coleman Foundation Kauffman Foundation ?United Nations Foundation  Startup America Partnership Sage United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship The Company Corporation The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) Embassy of SwedenAmerican Airlines Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute (SEI) The John E. & Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation   border= Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative Global Entrepreneurship Week