Today is the first-ever National Entrepreneurs’ Day, and On Deck Capital would like to recognize entrepreneurs across the country for everything they do. Whether you are a Main Street business owner or are launching a high tech startup – thank you for taking a chance, creating jobs and moving the country forward.

The story behind National Entrepreneurs’ Day is an interesting one, and one that shows how effective just a few dedicated individuals can be. In May, a group of entrepreneurs who couldn’t believe that the country didn’t have a day dedicated to entrepreneurs began a petition to create National Entrepreneurs Day. The petition gained steam and just 6 months later had achieved their goal with a proclamation from the President of the United States:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 14 through November 20, 2010, as National Entrepreneurship Week. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this week with appropriate programs and activities, and to celebrate November 19, 2010, as National Entrepreneurs’ Day.”

The creators of National Entrepreneurs’ Day have some suggestions on what you can do today:

1. Thank. If you know an entrepreneur, thank them for the ways in which they’ve made an impact on our economy thus far; the simple act of giving thanks can strengthen a connection or start a new one. If you’re an entrepreneur yourself, thank the individuals who brought you to where you are today. This is what National Entrepreneurs’ Day is all about.

2. Mentor. Perhaps there was someone who urged you to start your first business or helped you bring your first big idea to life; if so, they’ve played a part in making you the entrepreneur you are today. Return the favor and find an entrepreneur you can mentor through thick and thin.

3. Give. Kiva is an organization that promotes micro lending to alleviate poverty around the world. With corporate and institutional partners from Google to Ashoka, you can feel confident that your donation is going to reach a deserving entrepreneur somewhere in the world, and that, in turn, your donation will serve as a catalyst for change.

4. Pay it forward. You can help support fellow entrepreneurs by paying it forward with products, services, and/or your time. What’s easy for you may not be easy for another aspiring entrepreneur. Remember: a little help can go a long way.

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