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Too many communities concentrate on attracting businesses from afar instead of growing them at home. In a thriving ecosystem, entrepreneurship empowers individuals, improves standards of living, and creates jobs, wealth, and innovation in the economy. But the success of an entrepreneurial ecosystem can’t be bought; it has to be built. In the 2019 State of […]

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Economist Rob Fairlie says the most recent update of the Kauffman Indicators of Entrepreneurship’s Early-Stage Entrepreneurship data illustrates a highly resilient entrepreneurial community in the face of COVID-19 as well as extended growth in self-starters among emerging majorities, specifically among Latino founders.

Urge your local representatives and senators to support entrepreneurs Too many are left out of our economy. The long-term decline in entrepreneurship has dragged down productivity, wages and living standards for all Americans. Put simply—fewer startups mean a lower quality of life. We need to eliminate barriers for anyone who has an idea to start and grow a business, […]

A video still from the June 2022 Entrepreneurship Issue Forum, "Kauffman Entrepreneurship Forum: Data Dive – Indicators of Entrepreneurship"

This spring, the Kauffman Foundation released updates to our entrepreneurship indicators, highlighting the latest entrepreneurial trends in both the New Employer Business series and the Kauffman Indicators of Early-Stage Entrepreneurship. The data has sparked conversations about the status of the economy and entrepreneurial activity this past year, particularly around what these trends mean for our cities and communities today. Watch the full forum below.

The economic shifts of the past 50 years hit America’s industrial capitals like a blow to the head. Entrepreneurial activity slipped into generational decline. But, in the last three years, we’ve seen startup activity pull itself up to levels unseen since before the Recession that had the American economy on the ropes. So, are post-industrial cities ready […]

During the State of Entrepreneurship Address, more than 3,400 messages were sent to members of Congress and policymakers in 48 states and the District of Columbia, urging legislators to support entrepreneurship in all its forms wherever it exists by removing barriers in the path of entrepreneurs.

Rethink Entrepreneurs

It’s time to rethink the word ‘entrepreneur’ to include all the makers, doers, and dreamers, who are as diverse and unique as the communities they call home and the businesses they create, because they are the job creators. They are the innovators. And they don’t fit into a single stereotype.