If we’re going to create new jobs, we must support entrepreneurs. Yet, policymakers continue to prioritize big, established businesses over new business.
The result: Entrepreneurship has remained effectively flat for 20 years, in part because women, people of color, and rural residents lack equal access to the tools needed to start new businesses.
America’s New Business Plan
We have a bipartisan plan for policymakers that is focused on creating new jobs and leveling the playing field for startups and small businesses.
So what do new business owners need? It’s pretty simple:
A Level Playing Field and Less Red Tape
Equal Access to the Right Kind of Capital Everywhere
The Know-How to Start a Business
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
America’s New Business Plan was organized around the notion that policymakers must address four broad needs of entrepreneurs: opportunity, funding, knowledge, and support. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, funding and support — the safety net that gives confidence to entrepreneurial risk-taking and new businesses the flexibility to thrive — have been top of mind, especially with […]
Over the next month, students across America will return to school. Some, it seems, will physically return to the classroom. Many won’t. As we enter month six of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consequences of its persistence continue to reveal themselves. Up next: the effect of long-term school and childcare closures on women’s careers. In July, […]
Every other month, members of the Start Us Up coalition convene to discuss progress and tactics to engage policymakers in our work. On Tuesday, coalition members gathered virtually to discuss entrepreneurship advocacy in the age of COVID-19. For the first time, an elected official joined the group to offer insight from a policymaker’s perspective. Rhode […]
In 2019, about 1 in 4 new entrepreneurs was an immigrant — nearly double the share in 1996, according to a new research brief from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. As data shows relatively stagnant growth among other populations of entrepreneurs, the upward trend among immigrants stands out. That’s precisely why so many in the […]
Last week, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2046 into law, making it easier for individuals possessing out-of-state occupational licenses to operate in Missouri. The legislation was championed by the Kansas City-based Women’s Foundation, a member of the Start Us Up coalition that has, for years, been a leader in the push for occupational licensing […]