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Starting a business is difficult enough; government shouldn’t make it harder or more complicated.

We empower advocates to educate policymakers about why new businesses matter so that the voices of entrepreneurs can inform policy debates at the local, state, and federal level.

Programs & Initiatives

Start Us Up: America’s New Business Plan

Making it easier for everyday Americans to start their own businesses is essential for creating economic growth that works for everyone. America’s New Business Plan puts the ambitions and can-do spirit of everyday Americans first through a four-part entrepreneurship agenda that ensures anyone with an idea has access to the opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support to turn it into a reality.


America's New Business Plan RFP grantee announcement

America’s New Business Plan RFP

We funded nine entrepreneurship advocates to inform local, regional, and national policy debates with the voices of entrepreneurs.


Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network

The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network (EPN) is an alliance of organizations bringing the voices of entrepreneurs to policy debates at the state level. Members of the EPN educate policymakers about the impact of policies in erecting and removing barriers to entrepreneurship and build support for entrepreneurship and new businesses.


Congressional Startup Day

Congressional Startup Day, formerly Startup Week Across America, is an opportunity during the annual August congressional recess for senators and representatives to learn more about local startups and discuss the important role entrepreneurs play in communities across the country.


Currents

Read entrepreneurship policy stories in Currents

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Nine new grantees take action to Start Us Up

The Start Us Up Coalition is activated and grantee projects are funded to make sure entrepreneurship is no longer an afterthought in policy.

May 8, 2020
Nine new grantees take action to Start Us Up
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Taking the voice of entrepreneurs to Capitol Hill

When business owners and advocates make a personal connection with policymakers, the odds improve that lawmakers will understand the needs of entrepreneurs.

February 22, 2018
Taking the voice of entrepreneurs to Capitol Hill
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America’s New Business Plan expands what it means to be ‘pro-business’

For policymakers who want to do something to help entrepreneurs, here’s a roadmap to what they need, and it starts with opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support.

October 15, 2019
America’s New Business Plan expands what it means to be ‘pro-business’