There are national recognition days for all sorts of professions and positions. So how about National Entrepreneurs Day? Some people think it’s a good idea, especially in this recovering economy. And as reported in the Boston Globe, there’s a movement now to make this day of recognition a reality.

Siamak Taghaddos and David Hauser are the co-founders of Grasshopper Group, a phone and voice mail service for start up companies that began seven years ago and has since bloomed into a company focused on bringing additional products and services to entrepreneurs. They’re also the leaders of the movement to make National Entrepreneurs Day a real day on the federal calendar (November 19, in fact). The way they see it, entrepreneurs are part of the foundation of our nation’s economic recovery, and they want to highlight that contribution.

The Boston Globe article reports that their timing might be very good for this movement. Since job creation is vital to recovery, it’s important to note that a lot of jobs are being created in small and medium-sized businesses, not just large ones. And as the unemployment rate has gone up, so have the number of people going into business for themselves, either by choice or because other options have been removed.

The Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship, reports that more new businesses were created in 2009 than in each of the past 14 years. They plan to observe their own Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, and they intend to include the idea of a National Entrepreneurs Day as part of the observation.

Taghaddos and Hauser think they’ll need at least 1 million signatures on a petition to get anyone to take the initiative seriously, and so far, they have more than 1,800 signatures and counting. But they’re about to launch a publicity campaign, they have pages set up on Facebook and Twitter, and they are poised to spread the word about the value of entrepreneurs to the economy and the country as a whole.

Are you an entrepreneur? Perhaps you’d like to be? Or do you just want to support entrepreneurs and the contribution they make to the U.S.? Sign the petition here!

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