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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this week introduced a resolution, S. Res. 328, to designate the week of November 14 through 20, 2011, as “Global Entrepreneurship Week,” which was approved by the U.S. Senate. Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative to celebrate the innovators and job creators who drive economic growth in America and around the world. Research has shown that between 1980 and 2005, the majority of jobs in the United States were created by entreprenuers and their young companies.

“America has long been known as the land of opportunity, where individuals risk all they have to live out their dreams and make a better life for themselves and their families,” Sen. Moran said. “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a fitting time to recognize their many contributions to our economy. Small businesses are the true engine of job creation in our country, and to get our economy growing again, Congress must encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in America.”

Global Entreprenuership Week began in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City. Since then, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 100 countries – empowering nearly 20 million people through 95,000 activities.

During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to explore their potential as innovators and help connect entrepreneurs to mentors and investors. To learn more, visit