Entrepreneurs are extremely important to growth in technology, business, jobs, and the economy. Unfortunately, the Great Recession had a negative effect on entrepreneurial activities as indicated by the Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship data. Shortly after 2008 is when that index began to decline. The good news is that it bottomed out in 2013 and since then it has been on a strong upswing.

No one can argue that the Great Recession had a negative impact on our national economy on multiple levels. This is why I am so glad to see that the entrepreneurs are getting back into the game with increasing intensity. It is the entrepreneurs that assume the risk, forge ahead with new visions and ideas, and ultimately create opportunities that enrich many other segments of the marketplace and our society. Simultaneously, financial institutions and angel investors see the opportunities and feel empowered to loosen their purse strings.

As they have done so many times in the past, we are trusting that our entrepreneurs will continue to take the lead in shaping a better future for us all.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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