Washington, DC – On Wednesday, March 7th, the White House
will honor Michael Burcham as one of eleven local leaders being
recognized as Champions of Change for outstanding leadership in
entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling and training. These exceptional
leaders support small business owners by helping them accelerate their
path to growth.
"Entrepreneurial mentors help American business owners fulfill their
dreams every day,” said U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy
Administrator Marie Johns. “Mentors volunteer their time to provide the
counseling and expertise that small business owners need to succeed and
create jobs. In turn, entrepreneurs and small businesses support their
local economy and provide goods and services to their neighbors. These
mentors are true Champions of Change, and I am pleased to have the
opportunity to celebrate their success."
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President
Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is
highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to
entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are
doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Small businesses create two out of every three new jobs, and half the
people who work in America own or work for a small business. Many of
these entrepreneurs would not be where they are today without the help
of a mentor to provide them with expert advice. Small business owners
make up the fabric of our daily lives – from the shops on main streets
to the high-growth innovative companies – and they are creating an
economy built to last.
To learn more about our Champions go to www.whitehouse.gov/champions
Michael Burcham is President & CEO of the Entrepreneur Center. A
serial entrepreneur who began his career at Hospital Corporation of
America, Michael has a passion for helping individuals organize and grow
their businesses. Michael helped create and launch the Entrepreneur
Center in 2009 and became its founding CEO in 2010. In its first 2
years of operations, the Center has screened over 800 startup concepts,
has graduated over 25 companies from its accelerator program and helped
these startup entrepreneurs raise over $7.5 million in seed and angel
In 2011, Michael was named by Tennessee’s Governor Haslam to lead
Startup Tennessee – creating initiatives throughout the state to help
early-stage entrepreneurs with mentoring and access to capital.