Policy

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.

Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs: Removing Barriers, Capital Landscape Report, Kauffman Foundation

Capital landscape report identifies gaps entrepreneurs face

Front and center is the need for innovative funding solutions.

A day of advocacy was a day of connecting people and ideas

Entrepreneurs, and those who support them, took to Capitol Hill to educate policymakers on the value and challenges of entrepreneurship in America.

Kelsey Hampton at the Entrepreneurship Policy Network meeting

How policy and advocacy are vital to entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs' Policy Network bolsters plan to empower those who support entrepreneurs to be effective policy advocates.

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

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.

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Entrepreneurship Advocacy

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.

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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.

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2019 State of Entrepreneurship

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.

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