Sixteen-year-old Riley Benner of Rochester, New York, employs refugees to hand sew his high-end silk, reversible ties for his business, Phoenix Haberdashery. Fifteen-year-old CEO of Gladiator Lacrosse, Rachel Zietz of Boca Raton, Florida, is on track to make her first million this year.
Who are your leaders? As we toured cities for Innovation That Matters, 1776's study of civic entrepreneurship, we found that how this question told us a lot about the future of a city’s startup ecosystem.
Four of America’s top young entrepreneurs came to Washington, D.C. on June 17, to pitch U.S. Chamber and U.S. Chamber Foundation leaders on their business success and compete for grants.
“Home is where one starts from,” said the poet T.S. Eliot, and civic innovation hubs are increasingly of the same mind. Every region in America has enough resources to grow small, ambitious tech startups from scratch. It’s a message that 1776 and the U.S.
Survey from Thumbtack and Bloomberg suggests optimism on the part of small businesses, but a lack of hiring is still a concern.
In conjunction with 1776, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its Foundation attended a series of roundatables in eight cities to examine the startup economy and civic entrepreneurship.