How To Awaken The Entrepreneur Within

| February 1, 2008 | 0 Comments

Michael Gerber and Debra SimpsonWhat a treat we had today in Carlsbad California! Michael Gerber shared how we could Awaken The Entrepreneur Within.

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After 30 years of helping entrepreneurs fix businesses that weren’t working and at an age when most people are retired, San Diego-based small-business guru Michael Gerber is launching a national crusade to spread the gospel of entrepreneurship to America’s major cities.

He’s been called “America’s #1 small business guru,” by Inc. Magazine, is launching a national crusade to spread gospel of entrepreneurship and reveal the reasons behind 99% of all small business failures…and how to prevent the resulting lost opportunities, lost resources, and wasted lives.

“It’s an economic-development issue,” says 71-year old Gerber, who wants to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit he believes exists in all of us. “If we’re going to save our cities, we have to find a way to help more people start new businesses – and succeed.”

Gerber, author of the persistent bestselling E-Myth and E-Myth Revisited is making more than 50 appearances in major cities, including hometown San Diego, between now and the end of next year, to awaken the entrepreneur he says resides within all of us. “This is something we have to do,” he says. “Our economic future depends on it.”

Gerber’s tour is part of a two-pronged effort to spread the “gospel” of entrepreneurship:

• An intense full-day introduction to the entrepreneurial secrets outlined in E-Myth Revisited with a preview of additional insights to be included in his next book, Awaken the Entrepreneur Within You, to be published next year. This happens February 12th at the Town and Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North.

• Creation of a local Club Entrepreneur chapter to provide ongoing support for local entrepreneurs. Club E, as its often called, is a highly successful Phoenix-based organization that brings together a blend of college students and seasoned entrepreneurs who leverage each other’s expertise to build new businesses.

Club E grew to more than 800 members in the Phoenix area in its first six months and “has become a powerful force for economic development,” according to Dan Henderson, Economic Development Director for the city of Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix and home of Arizona State University.

“We expect it to be a similar force for economic development in other cities,” says Peter J. Burns III, founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and recently named Businessman of the Year by the Arizona chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The institute is the parent organization of Club E and recently licensed the nation’s first College of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Gerber is chairman of the College of Entrepreneurship and is teaming with Burns to build Club E into a national organization to foster successful entrepreneurship throughout the United States.

Gerber says a million new businesses will be started in the United States this year, but four out of five will close within five years and only four out of 100 will still be around after 10.

“Most small businesses fail because people start them for the wrong reasons and go about doing it the wrong way,” Gerber says. “There’s a myth, the E-Myth, that small businesses are started by entrepreneurs risking capital to make a profit. The real reasons most people start businesses have little to do with entrepreneurship. Creating a successful business is a learnable, replicable experience anyone can go through.”Michael Gerber Awakening The Entrepreneur Within

And, while he’s focusing on the United States for now, Gerber ultimately wants to take his crusade worldwide – including the poorest of Third World countries. He models his dream of spreading the gospel of entrepreneurship worldwide on the work of Muhammad Yunus, called “the banker to the poor” who started a Third World economic-development revolution by lending money to the poor.

“Yunus started by lending $27 to a group of poor women in Bangladesh so they could buy bamboo to make and sell stools,” Gerber says. “Before long, they were able to repay the loans while supporting themselves and their families. I want to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit that will help people start successful new businesses.”

The one-day intensive runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and costs $249 if you register before February 2nd. Registration is available at or by calling toll-free 1-888-881-1001. However, Michael has agreed to extend the Chamber pricing for the February 12th event, which is $149.  When you visit his link to register for the Feb. 12th event, in the box "how did you hear about us" please fill in North San Diego Business. Click Here to download the event flyer with the "secret code" for the discounted pricing.

Then let me know you’ll be joining me on February 12th, were we will be "Awakening The Entrepreneur Within."


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Debra Simpson began her career in publishing in 1990 as the publisher of The Business Resource (formerly known as Networks), a small business newspaper in San Diego County. In 1995, McGraw-Hill lured her away to the world of multimedia and Web publishing, and recognized Debra as the Author of the Year in Multimedia Development in 1996. Thus began Debra’s adventure in digital media development. She subsequently spent four years programming McGraw Hill’s vast collection of Websites. When McGraw Hill closed their Carlsbad office, Debra re-entered the entrepreneurial realm, developing and implementing Web 2.0 Internet marketing strategies for the small business community. Debra's been podcasting North San Diego Business since November 2008, interviewing small business owners in North San Diego County. She also consults, sets up and produces podcasts for other small businesses.

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