Business X Factor: NYSE Big StartUp

I am very pleased to report that NYSE Euronext has launched The NYSE Big StartUp, a nationwide jobs-growth initiative designed to connect young companies and entrepreneurs with corporate America. Partnering with us in this exciting movement are three terrific organizations ACCION, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and The StartUp America Partnership, who will work with us as we call on the nation’s corporate community to lend support, experience and resources to startups and small companies to improve procurement, networking, business development, training, marketing and information sharing.

The NYSE Big StartUp will offer a unique approach to promote growth through small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs; help promote the increased demand for goods and services that these growing companies need, while leveraging the experience, resources and commitment of corporate America within a framework that makes a positive and lasting impact through collaborative engagement.

In our release, we highlighted three prominent companies, Yelp (NYSE: YELP), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), who will be working with us through new and existing efforts to provide business solutions to the small business community. We would welcome an opportunity to discuss this effort with other members of the issuer community on how they can participate with us, post launch, through an ongoing and robust schedule of local and national events, roundtables and conferences, marketing and media activities, technology tools, educational and mentoring programs, networking and funding. By becoming a corporate partner with The NYSE Big StartUp, you will be contributing to the success of scores of small businesses and entrepreneurs, helping to create new businesses and jobs, and further make a positive difference to the economic recovery both locally and nationally.

Please see the attached links to our press release as well as our NYSE Big StartUp video (below) and website.  Be sure to cheer us on as we ring the Closing Bell today to celebrate the launch!