en·tre·pre·neur

An Entrepreneur is a person who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise. The word originates from old French, from the verb Entreprendre which means to undertake.

Pronounciation: \ˌäⁿn-trə-p(r)ə-ˈnər, -ˈn(y)u̇r\

About Entrepreneur Night Events

The event is organized on the last Tuesday of the month – except July, August, and December. Events now attract upwards of 200 participants from all segments of the business and startup community, as well as aspiring entrepreneurs. Events are FREE TO ATTEND, and appetizers are provided. Bring plenty of business cards.

How did it all begin?

The first Entrepreneur Night event was held in in September 2011, consisting mostly of clients and friends of the founders of Office Divvy ™ –a Palm Coast based Private Incubator and Growth Accelerator. Nearly 50 people attended the first event, multiple folks volunteered to keep it going as a monthly event as a grassroots effort for and by Entrepreneurs.

Where does Florida rank in Entrepreneurship and Startups?

Florida's Small Business, Entrepreneur, Startup Rank in the United States

With a 2011 Startup rate of 380 per 100,000 adults, the State of Florida made it to the CNN-Money’s 10 Most Entrepreneurial States list.

Arizona was named a “sizzling spot” for Startups, with a 37% higher Startup Rate than of Florida’s –which is significantly higher even the rest of the list!  Texas, California, Colorado, Alaska, Missouri, Nevada, Vermont and Idaho all beat Florida, grabbing the number-2 to 9 ranks (actually Idaho ties with Florida in the “startup rate” criteria); but compared to Arizona every state in the nation is significantly behind.

According to the article Florida has become a magnet for Tech Startups as well as other small businesses.  The Space Exploration Technologies, (aka SpaceX) –which recently launched the first private delivery capsule to the International Space Station, is cited as an example.  Medical-Device Manufacturers, springing up in Fort Lauderdale area, is another example; along with Robotic Device-Makers catering to aerospace and defense companies are expanding around the state.

Small businesses now make up 75% of the state’s gross domestic product, is a great example of how Small Business and Startups are the real job creators.  Also significant is that 1 out of every 5 domestic exporters nationally are also based in Florida.

The high unemployment in the state is cited as a drag, but then again, on the positive side it’s also mentioned as a bigger labor pool for small employers.

Access the profile of Florida and the other 9 states in the list here:

CNN-Money’s 10 Most Entrepreneurial States List