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Global Entrepreneurship Week Aims To Help Amarilloans Achieve Their Business Goals

The WT Enterprise Center on Tuesday announced plans for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021, scheduled for November 8-12, an effort to help Amarillo entrepreneurs achieve their business goals.

WTEC has partnered with several community partners to host events focused on providing informative discussions for entrepreneurs as well as opportunities to connect with peers, support organizations and community leaders, according to a press release from the center.

“The WT Enterprise Center has been participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week since 2013. We have seen with our own eyes how a week dedicated to celebrating the hard-working entrepreneurs of the Texas Panhandle can bring everyone together to spark a resurgence of energy and hope, ”said Kyla Frye, Executive Director of the WT Enterprise Center.

The center is an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international movement powered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, which aims to empower anyone, anywhere, to start and grow a business, the statement said.

Frye announced that the special keynote speaker for the week-long event is bestselling author Stephen MR Covey, who will discuss how trust is the most critical element of a successful leader and organization. .

Covey is the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s No. 1 bestselling author of “The SPEED of Confidence – The One Thing That Changes Everything”. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which under his leadership has grown into one of the largest leadership development companies in the world.


Covey spearheaded the strategy that propelled his father’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen R. Covey,” to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th century, according to CEO Magazine.

Covey is scheduled to speak at the GEW event on Thursday, November 11 at the WT Enterprise Center.

“GEW 2021 is special,” Frye said. “Not only is this the start of an impactful partnership between community organizations that support businesses, but it’s also a time for us to come together and reflect over the past two years. “

WTEC was unable to host Global Entrepreneurship Week last year due to COVID-19, and this event will allow some of the top business leaders in the Amarillo region to discuss how the region’s business community survived the pandemic and in some ways thrived.

Events planned for this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week include:

• A roundtable with city and state leaders on legislation affecting entrepreneurs in Amarillo;

• A luncheon on business financing through traditional and alternative options;

• A discussion on how to prepare entrepreneurs through career acceleration programs; and

• Women in Small Business Leadership Awards, recognizing the efforts and innovation of women in small businesses.

“We are delighted to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week not only to thank the entrepreneurs and small businesses that are members of the Amarillo Chamber, but also to support and encourage other small businesses and entrepreneurs who are the driving force. of Amarillo’s prosperous business climate. “said Jason Harrison, president and CEO of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, in the press release.

Every November, GEW celebrates and empowers millions of entrepreneurs in every country and community around the world, especially people who are facing barriers or who have never considered the idea of ​​starting a startup.

“This year’s celebrations are more important than ever as entrepreneurs and small business owners have spent the past year facing the battle of their lives. I am especially delighted to be able to celebrate with the Women in Small Business Leadership Awards and recognition from the Texas Governor’s Office, ”said Gina Woodward, regional director of US SBDC – WTAMU, in the statement.

WTEC’s partners in the event include the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, the United States Small Business Development Center, Communities Unlimited, Innovation Outpost, and WT’s Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.

Globally, more than 10 million people participate in thousands of activities, competitions and events as part of GEW. A record 180 countries are expected to participate in this year’s event.

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GEW 2021 Events Calendar

On Monday: Coffee with the House: Participate in a panel discussion with city and state leaders regarding legislation affecting entrepreneurs in Amarillo. 8:30 am-10:30am

Tuesday: Finding capital: how to finance your business; Discover the best ways to finance your business, through traditional and alternative financing options. Lunch provided. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday: Stephen MR Covey, “Speed ​​of Trust”; The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author explains that trust is the most critical component of a successful leader and organization. 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: Women in Small Business Leadership Award; recognize the efforts and innovation of women small business owners. 10:30 am-11:30am

Friday: Community Happy Hour; end the week of celebration with a community happy hour. 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to confirm your attendance for one of the scheduled events, visit