November 13, 2017
The obstacles facing small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are stark; according to the Harvard Business Review, small businesses even have an 80% failure rate in their first five years of existence, unable to get access to capital, new networks or to hire and retain top talent.
When you combine these realities with the challenges managing regulations, providing healthcare and benefits, and not to mention pitching, branding and social media, it’s not hard to see why some small aspiring business owners and entrepreneurs throw in the towel before they ever get started.
But for forty years, HSN has been making American dreams come true and providing access to 90 million American homes to entrepreneurs who think big. But we wanted to do more – and that’s why HSN decided to call in some experts and facilitate a conversation about what’s really holding small businesses back and what to do about it.
And what better place to do it than the nation’s capital, Washington DC, during National Entrepreneurs Month. We’ve has enlisted a group of leading voices in finance, technology, manufacturing, business innovation and policymaking to tackle these subjects and much more.
On November 15, a group of lawmakers, academics and entrepreneurs will sit down in Washington, DC for an in-depth conversation. The goal: to pinpoint ways to break down the barriers that hold small business owners back.
At our symposium, entitled “Cultivating Small Businesses in the 21st Century,” we’ll hear from government officials, tech pioneers, manufacturing gurus and business owners whose ideas have revolutionized entire industries to identify concrete ways to ensure that entrepreneurs can thrive.
Topics for discussion will range from ways to recruit and retain talent to navigating business regulations to addressing the workplace challenges unique to women and minorities. Our experts will also weigh in on how business leaders can access new networks and the capital they need in addition to ways the business community can ensure that the next generation of entrepreneurs are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get involved at an early age.
Moderated by JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s “Your Business,” the discussion will be a deep dive into the essential “make-or-break” questions that can determine a business venture’s success.
Follow the conversation online at #AmericanDreams and check back for more content from our symposium soon.