Entrepreneurs are on the front lines to rebuild our economy.
In 2021, America has the opportunity to transform itself by strengthening policies that address racial inequality, narrow the gap between rich and poor, and raise the economic status of historically marginalized communities.
Now is the time for America to ensure that the best and boldest ideas for supporting entrepreneurship are discussed, debated, and acted on.
America’s New Business Plan
We have a bipartisan plan for policymakers that is focused on creating new jobs and rebuilding an equitable economy that works for everyone.
So what do new business owners need?
Access to Opportunity
A Level Playing Field Without Red Tape
Access to Funding
The Right Kind of Capital Everywhere
Access to Knowledge
The Know-How to Start a Business
Access to Support
The Ability for All to Take Risks
The Start Us Up Coalition
Organizations around the country are working hard to eliminate barriers to starting a new business.
Meet our coalition members.
Latest from Start Us Up
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Education is a fundamental component of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Not only is strengthening education critical to leveling the playing field for people of diverse backgrounds, but it can also unlock the entrepreneurial potential of the next generation. Policymakers can ensure the pool of entrepreneurial talent remains strong by investing in relevant education while also strengthening opportunities […]
Black founders face unique challenges when starting and growing their businesses. As written in America’s New Business Plan, “these symptoms of inequity are part of a broader pathology in which systemic barriers create a fundamental imbalance between those with privilege and those with uneven access to opportunities.” Building an inclusive economy requires systemic change, and […]
As policymakers turn their attention to equitable access to funding, it is important the discourse include a necessary pre-requisite: equity in funding protections. This month, New York’s Senate Bill 5470 will take effect — a law passed in January requiring non-traditional lenders to provide lending disclosures for small business financing. New York follows California as […]
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