Welcome Back To School
I would like take a moment to welcome all of our educators back to school. I believe that most but not all schools are back in session at this point, with the remaining few to begin shortly. I hope you all had a rejuvenating summer and I hope you all have a great school year. Thank you for all you do for your students, schools and communities.
The start to my school year has been quite different this year. While my wife and children returned to school approximately two weeks ago, I did not. This is the first time in sixteen years that I have not returned to school at the start of a school year. I resigned my position in June to be able to devote my time to serving my fellow educators through TeacherEntrepreneur.com.
Since my last blog post I have had the privilege of speaking with hundreds of educators from all over our great nation at the NEA Business Expo in Denver. While there, I was very encouraged by the response to our website and to our mission of “Empowering Teachers Through Entrepreneurship.” Many of the educators I spoke with were small business owners themselves. All of the teachers I spoke with expressed a desire to help and support Teacher Owned Businesses.
Since the NEA Expo I have been working to promote our site, talk to educators, and to increase the size of our Teacher Owned Business Directory and our Professional & Financial Services Directory. We currently have a number of businesses represented in each Directory and we are always looking to add more. If you know an educator with a business or a Professional and Financial Services Provider that believes in serving educators please tell them about our site. They can contact me through the site or email me at Craig@TeacherEntrepreneur.com.
We recognize that as our site grows, we are better able to serve all educators throughout the country. Most of the businesses currently listed in our Directories are located in Northeast Indiana because that is where we are based, but I am in the process of working with several organizations that will allow us to expand the scope of our reach so we can begin to serve a larger portion of the country. It is my hope that we will soon be able to impact teachers from around the nation and through our Directory of Teacher Owned Businesses we will have teachers all across the country supporting each other.
It is truly amazing the number of businesses in which educators are involved. Just in Northeast Indiana we have teachers that own the following businesses:
o Mobile home parks
o Rental Properties
o Scuba diving instruction
o Golf courses
o Landscaping and Lawncare
o Trophies and Awards
o Wood floor restoration
o Jewelry Sales
The above list is only a sampling of the business in which educators are involved. If you had the choice, wouldn’t you rather support a fellow educator if you needed any of the products or services listed above? If so, help us continue to build our network of Teachers and Teacher Entrepreneurs so we can better serve educators across the country.