|Legal status||501(c)(3) nonprofit organization|
|Owners and founders of businesses with at least US$1,000,000 in revenue|
|Dave Anderson |
|Young Entrepreneurs' Organization|
In 1987, 22 young entrepreneurs created an organization and what was then called The Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (YEO) expanded throughout the United States and Canada. Within a few years, membership grew to include chapters in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In 1996, YEO helped create the World Entrepreneurs’ Organization (WEO), which served as an alumni organization for YEO members who, after the age of 40, wanted to continue their involvement in an entrepreneurial membership organization. In 2005, YEO and WEO merged to form the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) as it is known today. They continue a focus on youth with the annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and pitch contest. 
Verne Harnish is the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and recruited 22 entrepreneurs as founding board members to initially fund the start-up of the organization. Some of the members were Kevin Harrington, of Shark Tank fame, Julie Brice, founder of I Can't Believe It's Not Yogurt, Neil Balter of the California Closet Company, and Lisa Renshaw of Penn Parking Inc. As of 2001 members were required to be under 40 with an annual revenue of at least one million dollars. Membership had grown to 4,200 by then with an average age of 34. As of 2015, it was estimated that approximately fifteen percent focused in arts and other soft businesses.
Global Entrepreneur Indicator
The Global Entrepreneur Indicator (GEI) began in 2010 as a semi-annual survey of the membership of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. The Global Entrepreneur Indicator surveys a globally representative sample of entrepreneurs to predict economic trends in a number of areas, including job creation, profits and debt loads, economic forecasting, and the business environment. In 2012, the GEI found that approximately 60% of businesses experienced a net profit, while 59% increased their employee headcount.
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