Later this week I will join mayors from around the nation at the fourth annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the event, themed "Diversifying Entrepreneurial Opportunity," mayors and entrepreneurship experts will explore how cities can make entrepreneurial opportunities available to all.
Convened by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S.. Small Business Administration, will be a keynote speaker.
The conference will explore how cities can build diverse, inclusive entrepreneurial communities that foster equitable economic growth. This year's event will address:
How cities can engage potential entrepreneurs – especially women and minorities, who often face the greatest barriers
How to connect entrepreneurs of all types and backgrounds
Support strategies for diverse businesses, from startups to Main Street small businesses, to high-growth firms
Policies that foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunity
Creative and innovative solutions to other long-standing city issues
I look forward to continuing the City's work with city staff, local entrepreneurs, small businesses and supporting organizations. Entrepreneurship is one of the best avenues to economic independence and self-sufficiency and city efforts to foster that economic independence will continue.