Gov. Jay Inslee has declared November as Global Entrepreneurship Month in recognition of the importance of entrepreneurship to the state’s economy.

“More than 90 percent of our state’s businesses are small businesses,” stated Lisa Brown, Department of Commerce director. “They are the lifeblood of local economies, creating jobs that strengthen communities. Global Entrepreneurship Month is a unique opportunity for everyone to explore the idea of starting a business and being their own boss.”

The Department of Commerce has identified more than 250 events statewide — ranging from entrepreneurship activities, to networking opportunities, to business plan competitions, to coffee with an entrepreneur — during the month of November. These events are hosted by organizations statewide and are listed on an interactive map on Commerce’s small business website.

This month-long series of events is part of an international celebration of entrepreneurship that dates back to 2008. More than 170 countries participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week in November, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation. Washington has participated in the celebration since 2014, coordinating more than 600 events statewide.