YEC Celebrates First Anniversary by Launching the Youth Entrepreneurship Act

October has been one helluva month for the YEC. From the launch of Gen Y Capital Partners to the Youth Entrepreneurship Act, we've been on a media tear. Let's recap.

We recently celebrated our one-year anniversary. To mark this momentous occasion, we launched a public relations campaign in support of The Youth Entrepreneurship Act, legislation we brought to Congress this past summer.

Entrepreneurship needs to be a priority in American government. That's why the bipartisan initiative addresses:

  • Student loan forgiveness programs
  • Expanded access to micro-loans
  • Increased investment in entrepreneurship education

MTV picked up the story first, helping us garner over 100 signatures in an hour. You can support the cause by signing this petition, http://www.youthentrepreneurshipact.com/.

In other news, the White House announced the launch of our newest project, Gen Y Capital Partners, the first and only early stage startup accelerator for generation Y, by generation Y. Mashable covered the story minutes later. Since then media outlets around the country have picked up the story, check it out:

Wall Street Journal
Portfolio.com
Bloomberg Businessweek
TechCrunch
SmallBizDaily
Brazen Life

"Please help us tell the startup community about Gen Y Capital Partners by clicking here to send a tweet out to all your followers, by posting it to appropriate social networks and by sending personal emails to peers who will appreciate our mission." -- Scott Gerber

And, just in case you missed it, here's a highlight of content from community members featured around the web.

Top 5 New Original Posts by Members on Media Partner Sites

Nathan Lustig on Fast Company:
5 Lessons For Raising Money From Family and Friends
Getting funds from people who know and care about you can be easier and less complicated than raising money from professional investors, but there are drawbacks.

Erica Nicole on ForbesWomen
Risk It All: How to Master Fear and Manage Small Business Risks
If you've been hesitant about your next risky move, follow these proven steps to master fear and make business more manageable.

Jonathan Mead on Portfolio
Avoid This Fatal Myth About Monetizing
Millions of online subscribers and sustained advertising revenue are tough to come by -- a lesson entrepreneur Jonathan Mead learned the hard way.

Zach Cutler on Forbes
Publicity: Every Entrepreneur's Secret Weapon
Passionate entrepreneurs who lack cash can successfully market their ventures with publicity. And those who do so will find additional benefits that no advertising campaign can deliver.

Cari Sommer on Fast Company
Is Now the Right Time To Raise Capital?
With the billion-dollar IPOs happening in the start-up world, it's easy to get swept up in the fundraising fever. Here are three things to consider when thinking about seeking outside funding for your start-up.

Top 5 From theYEC.org

Ryan Healy
Is Execution More Important Than Ideas?
Ryan Healy, COO and co-founder of Brazen Careerist, discusses why ideas are as important as the execution behind them.

Brad Kendall
Do You Own a Business -- Or a Job?
The difference between working "in" vs. "on" your business is really a matter of putting systems in place to enable your business to grow beyond you taking on everything. Here's how to do it.

Kent Healy
How to Survive a Bad Business Break-Up
Kent Healy learned the hard way that a business partnership is like a marriage. Here he discusses what its like to go through a nasty divorce and how he rebounded from the experience.

Eric Bahn
How My 9-to-5 Became a Business Incubator
Eric Bahn, founder of Beat the GMAT, tells the story of how he worked his day job until his was business cash-flow positive and ready to go full-time.

Allen Gannett
Just Because You Build It, Doesn't Mean They Will Come
Use these four tips for getting the attention of the your target audience -- even if you're a small fish in a big pond.

Q&A's Around the Web

Wall Street Journal
How to Market on the Cheap
I just launched a hole-in-the-wall candy store near my college campus and I have very little money for marketing. What tools or tips can you offer me to increase store traffic and get people talking about my brand?

Huffington Post
The 8 Best Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter
Who do you think provides the best advice for entrepreneurs on Twitter and why?

Fox Business
What You Should Outsource to Amp Up Efficiency
What odd jobs have you outsourced in order to increase your company's overall productivity?

Business on Main
How Do I Create Press Materials That Aren't Boring?
I feel like most press releases are dull and boring. What tips do you have for crafting a press release that really stands out?

AllBusiness
Setting Your Pricing Strategy
What are your best tips and strategies for coming up with a price point for your product or service?

About YEC

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.

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