Entrepreneurs are important to the economy of the United States. Thus, the United States government encourages competition. The Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the United States federal government "to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise, and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the nation." SBA just celebrated 50 years of National Small Business Week . You can sign up for email updates from the SBA. I just received this email with "The top 10 highlights from the National Business Week." "SBA is no longer the federal government's best kept secret."- SBA Administrator Karen Mills John Stonecipher, President and CEO of Guidance Aviation in Arizona, was named the 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year "Technology helps level the playing field for entrepreneurs."- SBA Administrator Karen Mills Advice to entrepreneurs from Co-Founder of Square and Twitter Jack Dorsey- "Always ask the question why." "If you don't have a business mentor, go get one for free at SBA.gov ."- SBA Administrator Karen Mills "The 3 P's of entrepreneurship are people, passion and perseverance." - Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution Co-Founder, America Online Chairman, The Case Foundation "If you get a compliant about your business, go grab a cup of coffee. Think about a thoughtful response before replying."- Angie Hicks, Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Angie's List "Cash flow is king to helping small businesses succeed."- Dave Rader, Wells Fargo, SBA's 7(a) Loan Program Lender of the Year "We need to make sure America stays a magnet for manufacturing, and small business plays a big part in that."- SBA Administrator Karen Mills "You don't have to look far to see the hard work of small business owners, they stand with their companies through every challenge and success."- Lee Rhodes, Founder, glassbaby Successful entrepreneurs report that they are more likely to be curious, passionate, self‐motivated, honest, courageous, and flexible. Which of these characteristics do you possess? Do you think you would be a good entrepreneur? Why or why not? Which of the ten highlights do you find most inspiring?