White House Highlights Michael Burcham as an Entrepreneurial Mentor and “Champion of Change”

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 investment. 

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.


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