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New York Entrepreneur Week 2010

Gary Whitehill, founder of New York Entrepreneur Week.

Gary Whitehill, founder of New York Entrepreneur Week.

Last year, the New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) took place during one of the most challenging times for the U.S. economy. Perhaps it was the unprecendented unemployment rate caused by the global economic depression that drove many to consider entrepreneurship, but 2009’s NYEW drew some 9,000 attendees both in person and online, with one in every 36 attendees going on to incorporate a new business, and one in every 75 attendees went away with plans to start their own business.

“Unstable times create unbelievable opportunities,” said founder of NYEW Gary Whitehill, 26, who founded the week-long event with a vision toward providing help to those entrepreneurs with US$5 million in revenue and below. “Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, many of whom are out of work, often lack the resources, support, and network to jump start their vision. There are a lot of smart people out there with great ideas who are limited by their lack of resources. This forum cultivates opportunities for entrepreneurs to create new alliances that can expand their business.”

This year, the week-long forum will take place in New York City from Monday April 12 to Friday April 16, featuring educational workshops, keynote speeches by recognized business leaders, expert panels delivering advice and as well as networking opportunities. The event will showcase over 100 speakers from 40 cities, 15 states and 3 continents, including David S. Rose, chairman of New York Angels and founder of Angelsoft and Rose Tech Ventures, Jeff Pulver, founder of Vonage, 140 Characters Conference & chairman of Vivox, Marc Cenedella, founder of TheLadders.com, and Carley Roney of The Knot, amongst others.

“For entrepreneurship to attain its potential in New York and develop into a powerful force driving the economy, we must break down barriers and build platforms which unite the entrepreneurial landscape. Now more than ever, it is critical for business owners of all sizes – especially entrepreneurs – to grow and sustain their network and New York Entrepreneur Week offers just that,” adds Whitehill.

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Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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