The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

EntrepreneurshipHallThe Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

I recently attended the induction ceremony of the 2013 class into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame held at President Jimmy Carter’s library—The Carter Center—in Atlanta, GA. This year’s inductees included Oprah Winfrey; Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot; Steve Jobs (posthumously), the co-founder of Apple; and, Earvin Magic Johnson, Hall of Fame basketball player and business investor. Past inductees include investor Warren Buffet; Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies; Microsoft founder, Bill Gates; Turner Broadcasting founder, Ted Turner; and, Fred DeLuca, founder of the Subway franchise system. Those are impressive names of leaders and innovators who have created wealth for themselves and for millions, yes, millions of other people. Entrepreneurship is not one person living a dream, it’s countless others who ride the wave and benefit from keeping their eyes and ears open and asking the “What if…?” and the “Why not…?” questions. The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame is the result of the vision and hard work of my friend Mitch Schlimer, founder and executive director of the EpiCenter, in downtown Atlanta. Mitch is a leader and innovator and dreamer, too, who is passionate about entrepreneurship. Franchising is for the dreamers who want to reach their financial and lifestyle goals and to change the lives of those they touch. I salute you, Mitch, for all that you have done to further the reach of entrepreneurship and to reward the individuals who reach us all.

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