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.
Front and center is the need for innovative funding solutions.
Entrepreneurs, and those who support them, took to Capitol Hill to educate policymakers on the value and challenges of entrepreneurship in America.
By Julie Scheidegger
Today, there is a hole at the center of our economic discussion where hope should be. But there is a glimmer of hope ahead.
By Wendy Guillies
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 [PDF] 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.
The America's New Business Plan RFP is intended to support policy engagement and advocacy projects that increase awareness of America's New Business Plan and generate support for policies that reduce barriers to new business creation, thereby contributing to more supportive environments for entrepreneurs. Registrations are due December 6, 2019.
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.
When business owners and advocates make a personal connection with policymakers, the odds improve that lawmakers will understand the needs of entrepreneurs. To that end, we bring entrepreneurial advocates from around the country to Washington, D.C., to learn advocacy skills and have educational meetings with policymakers about the challenges facing the nation's makers, doers, and dreamers.
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.
In the 2019 State of Entrepreneurship Address, we discussed how, together, we can grow inclusive and empowering economies and the best ways to support the makers, the doers, and the dreamers.