Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Testifies Before Members of the U.S. House Committee on Small Business

Jonathan Ortmans presents testimony on the changing rate of business creation in America

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 11, 2014) — Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Jonathan Ortmans testified before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business in Washington, D.C., today, regarding the changing rate of business creation in America.

He spoke to the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee's hearing titled, "The Decline in Business Formation: Implications for Entrepreneurship and the Economy."
                                                  
In addition to sharing research studies that show a declining business-creation rate in the U.S. throughout the past few decades, Ortmans highlighted policy tools to reverse the decline, including:

  • How reform of U.S. immigration laws can promote innovation and new firm formation and growth
  • Changes in regulatory requirements
  • Student debt relief

Based in Washington, D.C., Ortmans advises the Kauffman Foundation on its global footprint and its interface with policymakers.

He runs the Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, an initiative to focus the attention of policymakers and opinion leaders on the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy and society.