Labor Day has always been a day to celebrate the achievements of the American worker. But for entrepreneurs, it takes on a whole new meaning. On this day, we celebrate the risk-takers, the innovators, the creators of jobs. We celebrate those who have turned their dreams into reality, and in doing so, have helped make the American economy the strongest in the world.
We also remember that entrepreneurship is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication and a lot of perseverance. So on this Labor Day, let’s all celebrate the entrepreneurs in our country who are the driving force behind our economy.
In this blog you’ll learn:
- Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Labor Day
- What labor day means to Americans and the world
- Why innovation & entrepreneurship are the backbone of America’s workforce
- How Entrepreneurship keeps Americans moving forward
- A few ways you can celebrate Labor Day this year
- How 3 Steps To Startup can help you on your entrepreneurial journey
Meaning Behind Labor Day
In the United States, Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a day to honor the American worker. Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. At that time, the average American worker worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2
Today, we enjoy a shorter work week and many labor-saving devices. We can thank the American worker for these improvements. So on this Labor Day, take a moment to appreciate all the hard-working men and women who make our country great.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation are the Backbone of America’s Workforce
Entrepreneurship is the process of designing, launching, and running a new business or enterprise. Individuals who are successful in entrepreneurship display many qualities, including creativity, risk-taking, determination, and perseverance. While starting and running a business can be challenging, it can also be extremely rewarding.
For those considering entrepreneurship, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, it is important to have a clear vision for your business. Second, you need to be passionate about your idea and be willing to put in the hard work to make it a reality. Third, you must be willing to take risks and be comfortable with failure.
Many of America’s great entrepreneurs took on great risk to build their enterprises and usher in new eras of success and independence including:
- Andrew Carnegie: Andrew Carnegie was an American entrepreneur credited for starting the steel industry in the United States.
- Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful TV/film personalities in history and is known for her entrepreneurial spirit. Oprah built her fortune and fame by hard work and dedication to excellence and she did it all with a smile on her face despite racism and bigotry.
- Henry Ford: Henry Ford is most known for his contribution to the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.
- Judy Faulkner: Judy Faulkner founded medical records software provider, Epic Systems, in a Wisconsin basement in 1979 which is now worth over $3.8 billion. Her entrepreneurial success should inspire all of us on Labor Day.
Be sure to participate in your town’s Labor Day parade with your friends and family. Show your entrepreneurial spirit by dressing up as one of the pioneers we mentioned above.
Entrepreneurship Keeps America Moving Forward & Maintains Its Power in the World
America has always been a leading power in the world, and entrepreneurship is one of the main reasons why. Entrepreneurship creates new businesses and jobs, and drives innovation and economic growth. In recent years, America’s entrepreneurial spirit has been a major force in the country’s economic recovery. As the world economy continues to change and evolve, American entrepreneurs will be key to maintaining America’s position as a leading power.
How You Can Celebrate Labor Day & Entrepreneurship
This Labor Day, take some time to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of America’s workers. From the incredible industrial achievements of the late 19th century to the build-out of the country’s infrastructure in the early 20th century, American workers have always been at the forefront of progress.
Today, they continue to lead the way in innovation and economic growth. This Labor Day, show your appreciation for America’s workers by doing something special to celebrate their achievements.
Getting Started with Our “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” Webinar
Join us on Sept. 20th as we are hosting our “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” Webinar! West Virginia entrepreneurs – whether someone with a unique idea in the concept phase or a mature business in full operation – can benefit from consulting with technical assistance experts in the fields of business planning/coaching, legal, accounting, and marketing.
To showcase the resources available in West Virginia to help entrepreneurs “Plan It, Price It, Protect It, and Pitch It”, the 3 Steps to StartUp Program will host a one-hour, virtual webinar entitled, “Coaching Success – Technical Assistance for WV Entrepreneurs” from 10-11 am on Tuesday, September 20th.
Content will focus on the importance of entrepreneurial assistance in the areas of:
Business Coaching (Plan It): Offering assistance with everything from concept development and business planning to financing, the WV Small Business Development Center offers myriad free services to help entrepreneurs.
- Accounting (Price It): Developing the business’s financial plan; understanding “your numbers”; accounting tips for entrepreneurs.
- Legal (Protect It): Establishing the appropriate corporate structure; protecting your intellectual property.
- Marketing (Pitch It): Tactics for telling the world what you do and reaching your target audience; developing appropriate and sustainable marketing budgets.
Event presenters will include Will Miller, Deputy Director, WV Small Business Development Center; Robert Nistendirk, CPA, Partner, Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates PLLC; Dusty Gwinn, Esq., Partner, Akers Gwinn; and Michael Ruffing, President, Problem Solvers Consultants.
Leveraging the services of an external expert, whether as a sounding board or as a resource to connect entrepreneurs with assistance providers, is critical to success.
The event is free and open to West Virginia entrepreneurs across all business sectors.
To register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FR31j_ZzR12bAdwpIiQlmw
Getting Started with 3 Steps To Startup
Part of our mission at 3 Steps to Startup is to let the talents and innovation of West Virginians shine. We have real local pride in the businesses we help thrive, and as we celebrate Labor Day this month, we naturally feel extra thankful for all of our hard-working team members. This blog is all about celebrating some homegrown West Virginia businesses that 3 Steps to Startup is honored to have worked with.3 Steps To Startup, America's Workforce, American Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Labor Day