Entrepreneurship Resources, Inc. (ERI), is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading entrepreneurship education to meet the disruption caused by the “Gig Economy,” whose workforce is being displaced by technology and globalization. Through workshops, publications, blogging, and appearances, ERI is empowering populations with opportunities for fractional work through practical steps to self-employment. ERI welcomes tax-deductible contributions to enable us to help more people, and we pride ourselves on measuring our work by outcomes.
What is The Gig Economy?
The Gig Economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. The trend toward a gig economy has already begun. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors. They need to know how to be entrepreneurs. Additionally, many USA jobs are going overseas or being replaced by automation and robotics. As an example, Watson, IBM’s cognitive computer that uses artificial intelligence, can make business decisions. Its ability to research legal precedent better than humans is replacing entry jobs for lawyers. The work of understanding and replacing both simple and complex jobs is making entrepreneurship increasingly important. It is the primary solution to job displacement, and the knowledge revolution is shifting to an entrepreneurial time. In this transition from knowledge to entrepreneurship, it is the individuals who invest early and heavily in entrepreneurship who will succeed. Fortunately, entrepreneurship is a skill set which can be acquired.
Workers must move from a focus on “having a job that makes money” to “having skills that make money.” We are moving from ownership of jobs to creating new jobs.
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Purpose of ERI
The purpose of ERI is to empower employees displaced by the gig economy, including the disabled, veteran, and disadvantaged populations with entrepreneurship education so they can start small businesses, improve their lives, employ people, and grow the economy.
The Core Program builds on the work of Clinton E. Day, entrepreneurship professor and author, through group lectures, workshops, and book talks to affinity groups (Chambers of Commerce, colleges, universities, state economic entities, federal agencies, community service clubs, downsized corporations, and trade associations).
Silicon Valley startups have designed a better and more successful way to start a new business. Because evidenced-based entrepreneurship uses validated planning, it doubles the chances for success and reduces risk. ERI embraces this method of planning sometimes called lean or smart startup, and its staff have been formally trained to teach others the method.