May 4, 2022 Updated 3:28 P.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Florida had the largest number of students earn an entrepreneurship and small business (ESB) certifications in the state’s history.
The Governor said Florida helped propel the United States to surpass China in the number of ESB examinations between January 2021 and March 2022. The United States had 25,754 exams compared to China’s 16,199 during that time.
In Florida, more than 7,500 students have earned those certifications between July 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, accounting for nearly 30% of all certifications nationwide.
The ESB certification is a test that validates the foundational-level concepts and knowledge involved in being an entrepreneur and a small business owner. It teaches entrepreneurship concepts and skills to help Florida’s growth.
“Florida’s economy depends on entrepreneurship and successful small businesses, and we know that freedom is the best way to achieve economic success, contrary to the philosophy of the Chinese Communist Party,” DeSantis said. “Florida is committed to being the best place to do business and it is by supporting manufacturing and business friendly policies that this country can continue to surpass China on all fronts. The rest of the nation should take note that this is how you place the U.S. back as a leader on the world stage.”
The Governor’s office said the number of small businesses opening in Florida increased by 9.7% from January 2020 to January 2022.
“Governor DeSantis has been focused on helping students access a quality workforce education since day one,” said Interim Commissioner of Education Jacob Oliva.
“While we know our workforce programs are unmatched in terms of their ability to train for needed industry skills, it is also important that students graduate as critical thinkers and value creators. The fact that Florida is number 1 in the nation for ESB certifications is just more evidence that our approach to workforce education is working, and that Florida is positioned for success for years to come.”
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