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.
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