Entrepreneurs are the beating heart of the American economy, but they typically are too busy building their businesses to make their voices heard in public policy, resulting in more barriers to new business creation and waning business startup rates.
The Kauffman Foundation has selected six entrepreneur support organizations as grant recipients to form the first-ever Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network, an alliance of organizations that will bring the voices of entrepreneurs to policy debates at the state level.
“Entrepreneurs create most net new jobs, a key driver of the economy, but too few policymakers understand entrepreneurship or how to best support it,” said Jason Wiens, policy director at the Kauffman Foundation. “Entrepreneurs are their own best advocates but their voices are not loudly heard by policymakers. The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network will empower organizations that champion entrepreneurs to be effective advocates for removing barriers to new business creation.”
To select the grant recipients, the Kauffman Foundation solicited proposals nationwide from nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide technical assistance, access to finance, education and other resources to entrepreneurs.
The Kauffman Foundation has committed $1.9 million in grants available for this initiative.
Grant recipients are:
As members of the Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network, the organizations will:
The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network is part of the Kauffman Foundation’s Zero Barriers movement, which seeks to identify and remove barriers to new business creation.
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